Friday, May 27, 2011

Stars and Stripes Forever

On the occasion of Memorial Day, I thought it fitting to examine "Old Glory," our beautiful American Flag.  Numerous artists have reinterpreted our flag's image.

Abstract Expressionist artist JASPER JOHNS (born 1930) 
is perhaps best known for his American Flag paintings

CHILDE HASSAM (1859–1935) was an American Impressionist painter.  
He is well-known for his flag paintings, completed during World War I. 
Hassam's flag paintings include all seasons and various weather and light conditions 
(similar to Claude Monet's paintings of the Cathedral at Rouen and of haystacks). 
"The Avenue in the Rain" has been part of the White House's 
permanent collection since the Kennedy Administration.

paint on wood with iron and brass
Patriotic swinging gate, from Jefferson County, New York

original painting, acrylic on paper

enamel on assembled furniture and wood scraps 
Microsoft's art collection includes a similar piece by Ab.

made of paper stamps and envelopes
Nevada Museum of Art

"In order to create Memorial Flag (Toy Soldiers), Cole obtained the exact specifications from the Government Printing Office.  For him, the work is not a representation or interpretation of a flag.  It is an actual flag.  Measuring the size of a casket, the piece reveals its source of texture 18,000 plastic men wielding guns beneath an impermeable glaze of red, white and blue." - Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA

"Miller  Family  American  Flag" by Robert  A.  Miller (1912-2006)
self-taught American Folk Artist, enamel paint on tin

For those of you who, like me, learned these facts 
in grammar school and need a short refresher course:

Our    National    Flag    of 
the  United  States  of  America 
is made of  
T H I R T E E N    horizontal    S T R I P E S 
of  alternating  r e d   and   w h i t e .  

They indicate  t h e   o r i g i n a l    
T H I R T E E N      C O L O N I E S   
who rebelled against the British Monarchy 
and became the first thirteen states.  

A blue,   rectangular    C A N T O N , 
symbolizing the country's  U N I O N  bears 
F I F T Y    w h i t e ,   five-pointed   S T A R S  
which represent   the    f i f t y     s t a t e s .  

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