Flag (Gold) by Banksy

“Flag is a subversion of the famous World War II photograph of U.S. Marines raising the American flag after the battle of Iwo Jima. Banksy’s version of the image depicts children lifting the American flag on top of a demolished, burnout car, with a large gold sun/silver sun or moon. It has been suggested this might be a comment on the amount of money America spends on war, leaving millions unsupported in ghettos – with young people often left little option but to recruit, and fight in these wars, to get a job. The silver edition of this artwork is also reminiscent of images of the 1969 moon landing – another American adventure in victory.”

Created

2008

Size

22 x 30 In, 76 x 56 cm

Medium

Screenprint on paper

Presentation

Edition of 20

Signed

signed

Description

Flag (Gold) by Banksy

Arguably the most controversial street artist in the world, Banksy has developed an entire art subculture devoted to his works. Banksy’s art can impact any location at any given moment. His identity remains unknown, even after over 20 years of being involved with the graffiti scene. He has worked with many different types of street art media and street art types. His work not only includes many powerful, often controversial images, but they may also be found throughout the Internet as viral images.

Banksy’s artwork has appeared throughout London and other locations around the world. Bansky’s artwork is characterized by striking images, often combined with slogans. His work regularly engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy, and greed. Common subjects include rats, apes, policemen, members of the royal family, and children. In addition to his two-dimensional work, Banksy is known for his installation artwork. One of the most celebrated of these pieces, which featured a live elephant painted with a Victorian wallpaper pattern, sparked controversy among animal rights activists. He was the subject of a 2010 documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” which examined the relationship between commercial and street art

His artwork has appeared throughout London and other locations around the world. Bansky’s artwork is characterized by striking images, often combined with slogans. His work regularly engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy, and greed.

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