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Stars & Stripes: The American Flag in Contemporary Art

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Stars & Stripes: The American Flag in Contemporary Art

E Ashley Rooney & Stephanie Standish, Foreword by Melissa Vandenberg

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Through 349 images, celebrate America in all her glory. Whether it’s a piece to hang on a wall, to be worn, or for marketing propaganda, see how sixty-four artists have represented the American flag and other patriotic symbols in their work. The American flag is an iconic image that inspires many, but it has also become a complex and controversial symbol since Congress first adopted it on June 14, 1777. These artists share not only their work but also the inspiration behind the pieces. Whether it’s paying homage to a lost generation, remembering 9/11, or simply celebrating American pride, the various cultural and political viewpoints that define the country today are expressed through a variety of art forms—from watercolor paintings to crazy quilts, from oils to matchboxes, and from mixed media to digital. Let these images inspire you.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 324 color & 27 b/w images | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764349225 | Binding: hard cover

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Ashley Rooney can remember, as a small child, parades marching by and everyone saluting the American flag. Today, she lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, about one block away from the Lexington Battle Green, where the first shots were fired for American liberty. The American flag is there among a few flags flown in the United States 24 hours a day –each and every day – by order of the President of the United States. Ashley has had two husbands, as well as her son, serve their country. Stephanie Standish is a printmaker based in Illinois. An active member of various American print communities, she and Ashley produced Contemporary American Print Makers (Schiffer Publishing, 2014), a collection of 75 printmakers and 30 print shops.