For Which It Stands Americana in Contemporary Art
Curated by: Carla Sakamoto is an art and design book editor and writer based in New York City. She began her career in magazine publishing at The Condé Nast Publications
Publisher/Date: Farameh; The Curated Collection. (c. 2012) First edition
Format/Condition: New large heavy hardcover book in Fine condition. No dust jacket. Lavishly illustrated in color. 400 pages. Dimensions: 10.8 x 14.2 inches x 1.5.
Description: What do Mickey Mouse, Coca Cola, McDonald's golden arches and the stars and stripes all have in common? They are all stamped with an illustrious, invisible but totally obvious seal that proclaims, Made in America.
These images and others like them have become stand-ins for the country itself, recognizable to people all over the world. With bright colors and radical designs, they symbolize the United States, a place heralded for its wealth of opportunities and the rich creativity that can only thrive in a land of the free. Whether produced as the result of rags to riches stories, or as allegorical takes on a fascinating culture, these images provoke spirited responses the world over, attaining cult status on a global level.
The ‘American-ness’ of spirit, whether celebratory or critical, is represented through the sometimes hilariously abstract appropriation of symbols of American worship such as the almighty dollar, the tenets of the Constitution, movie stars, superheroes, baseball and fast food icons, among others. These images and others like them have become stand-ins for the country itself, recognizable to people all over the world. With bright colors and radical designs, they symbolize the United States, a place heralded for its wealth of opportunities and the rich creativity that can only thrive in the land of the free.
"For Which It Stands" presents a collection of cutting-edge contemporary artists working in diverse media who use these traditional American icons to showcaseng a wide spectrum of their artistic vision, alternately glorifying or questioning the perils and pleasures that signify this storied land of freedom and destiny.The participating artists divided in three chapters include some of the most world-renowned names in contemporary art:
CAPITALISM CHAPTER – Ai Weiwei, Andrew Masullo, D*Face, James Neil Hollingsworth, Jerry Meyer, John Miller, Jonathan Stein, Josephine Meckseper, Karmelo Bermejo, Kevin Berlin, Li Lihong, Maximilian Wiedemann, Otto Lange, Paul Rousso, Lourival Cuquinha, Rubem Robierb, Tom Friedman, William Braemer, Youngnam Cho, Zevs, Dan Tague, Tom Sachs, Tony Cox, Karl Lagasse, Pakpoom Silaphan, Scott Campbell, Penny.
EQUALITY CHAPTER – Alison Jackson, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Jeremy Deller, Jim Shaw, Liu Bolin, Maurizio Cattelan, Olaf Breuning, Peter Tunney, Polly Apfelbaum, Rod Penner, William Immer, Slinkachu, Jeremy Dean, David Hammons, John Outterbridge.
FREEDOM CHAPTER – Aleksandra Mir, Cameron Gray, Dave Cole, David Mach, Eder Santos, Erika Keck, Francois Robert, Greg Gossel, Gregory Berben, Jay Kelly, Joseph Havel, Juan Capistran, Leo Villareal, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Otto Lange, Robert Longo, Rosemarie Trockel, Shepard Fairey, Steve McQueen, Tobias Rehberger, and Vik Muniz.