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Artists' impressions of the American flag

by KOD Staff

America’s stars and stripes are iconic and controversial. The flag hints at the American dream –promising opportunity, social mobility and progress. But the global superpower is divisive in its political policies, with news sites and newspapers dripping with opinions on drones or Obamacare. As always, artists jump to join the debate, using the flag as a symbol of how they see America– from Robert Longo’s concrete comments on blackened authority to Faith Ringold’s paintings on race and gender.  

Andy Warhol by Alberto Schommer

Andy Warhol by Alberto Schommer

Keith Haring,  'American Music Festival - New York City Ballet', 1988

Keith Haring,  'American Music Festival - New York City Ballet', 1988

Jasper Johns, 'Three Flags', 1958

Jasper Johns, 'Three Flags', 1958

Jonathan Horowitz, 'Two Rainbow American Flags for Jasper in the Style of the Artist's Boyfriend', 2011

Jonathan Horowitz, 'Two Rainbow American Flags for Jasper in the Style of the Artist's Boyfriend', 2011

Peter Kennard, 'The Kissinger Mind', 1979

Peter Kennard, 'The Kissinger Mind', 1979

Andrew Schoultz,'Gold Dripping American Flag', 2013

Andrew Schoultz,'Gold Dripping American Flag', 2013

Saber, 2010

Saber, 2010

Martin Parr, 'Miami', 1998

Martin Parr, 'Miami', 1998

Nam June,'Video Flag Z', 1986

Nam June,'Video Flag Z', 1986

 

Robert Longo, 'Black Flag: When the Hurlyburly's Done, William Shakespeare', 1988

 

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