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Very cool show from artist Louis Cameron at I-20 in New York. In my humble opinion, there are few subjects that have as much cultural significance as the American Flag, so it doesn’t surprise me that artists continue to try their hand at reinterpreting the ‘Stars and Stripes’. The paintings in this show depict flags that were created in the 1960’s as a response to the Pan-African Flag (designed by Marcus Garvey), and were meant to symbolically represent the African-American experience. So there, you get some art and a little history lesson on a wonderful sunday afternoon!

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  • Allie

    Have you seen John Sims’ work? He did something VERY similar in 2002 but with the Confederate flag (and also the Israeli and Palestinian flags, among others) The work is called the “Recoloration Proclamation”. Seems a little too similar for comfort, in my opinion. http://www.johnsimsprojects.com/clients/jsims2/timesculpture/flags/

  • Alex Vanguard

    What a clunky, facile, uninformed way to call an artist’s work derivative. Ideas do not exist in a vacuum.

    For centuries, artists and artisans have produced similar work, on entirely different parts of the globe, without every having met or known each other. The have also have been inspired by work that has come before. That is how we have all those “after” paintings. For example, van Gogh’s Noon: Rest from Work (after Millet).

    These shared ideas are some of the ways we have movements in art. Were all the Hudson River School painters derivative? The Impressionists? The Fauvists? Et cetera?

    I suppose Jasper Johns’ flag was derivative of Childe Hassam’s flag too? Several millennia ago, Solomon wrote, “there is nothing new under the son”. So then, I suppose, by this shallow definition, all art is derivative. What a tedious observation.