April 6, 2020

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Jose Fresan

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Star-Spangled Art

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50 stars and 13 stripes stand for 50 states and 13 colonies, but The Star-Spangled Banner represents more than just the 50 states and the colonies that declared independence from Great Britain, it represents all that America entails: the good, the bad and the ugly. The current version of the …

50 stars and 13 stripes stand for 50 states and 13 colonies, but The Star-Spangled Banner represents more than just the 50 states and the colonies that declared independence from Great Britain, it represents all that America entails: the good, the bad and the ugly. The current version of the flag was established in 1960 and since then the flag has been reimagined and repurposed by countless artists and activists.

Here are some of the most remarkable examples of The Stars and Stripes in the Arts.

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“Flag” (1954-1955) by Jasper Johns, image courtesy of jasper-johns.org

Some the most famous reinterpretations of the flag are the ones by pop art artist Jasper Johns who painted it several times throughout his career.

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“What is the Proper Way to Display a US Flag?” (1988) by Dread Scott, image courtesy of dreadscott.net

In this piece, artist Dread Scott reimagined the way the flag should be positioned, questioning the countless lives that have been claimed in the name of it.

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“African-American Flag” (1990) by David Hammons, photo by Pablo Enriquez and courtesy of moma.org

By recolouring the flag with red, black and green which represent the blood, black skin and African forestry, artist David Hammons creates a new symbol out of the flag.

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“Untitled” (1991) by Barbara Kruger, image courtesy of pinterest.com

In this interpretation, Barbara Kruger challenges the audience to question the real meaning behind the idea of America.

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“White Flag” (2015) by AA Bronson, image courtesy of momus.ca

The flag covered in white resembles the dust and debris that covered Manhattan after 9/11.