This Independence Day, See How 15 Artists Have Reinterpreted the American Flag Throughout History
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbara Kruger, and David Hammons are just a few artists who've used Old Glory in their work.
There are few symbols as potent and provocative as the American flag, which countless artists have appropriated and reinterpreted in their work. There’s Dread Scott’s (literally) incendiary work What Is the Proper Way to Display a U.S. Flag?, which incited national outrage in 1989, followed by a Supreme Court case and landmark legislation. More recently, artists including Tania Bruguera, Alex Da Corte, Marilyn Minter, and Vik Muniz have contributed to the non-profit Creative Time’s ongoing project “Pledges of Allegience,” which features 16 commissioned works responding to the US flag.
To mark Independence Day, we’ve assembled 15 of our favorite artistic renditions of Old Glory.
1. Dread Scott, What Is the Proper Way to Display a US Flag? (1989)
2. Danh Vo, She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene (2009)
3. David Cole, American Flag (Toy Soldiers #12) (2002)
4. Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Flag) (1979-80)
5. Josephine Meckseper, Untitled (Flag 2) (2017)
6. AA Bronson, White Flag #8 (2015)
7. Andrew Schoultz, Gold Bombed Flag (gold splatter) (2017)
8. David Hammons, African American Flag (1990)
9. Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions 66) (1991)
10. Robert Longo, Untitled (Torn Flag) (2018)
11. Aaron Fowler, Black Flag (2015)
12. Blake Fall-Conroy, Police Flags (2009)
13. Sterling Ruby, FLAG (4791) (2014)
14. Jonathan Horowitz, Three Rainbow American Flags for Jasper in the Style of the Artist’s Boyfriend (2015)
15. Mel Ziegler, A Living Thing–Flag Exchange (2017)
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