Banksy, ‘Gold Flag’, 2007, Julien's Auctions
Banksy, ‘Gold Flag’, 2007, Julien's Auctions
Banksy, ‘Gold Flag’, 2007, Julien's Auctions

Banksy recreates photographer Joe Rosenthal’s classic image of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima in a modern, urban setting where the prized hilltop is a burned-out derelict car represented in luminous gold. The youthful conquerors stand defiant and proud nonetheless, waving the flag above the scorched remnants of the American dream. —Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

Framed. 13 x 23 in.

Signature: Signed vertically by Banksy in black marker lower left. P.O.W. blindstamp on lower right. *Gold Flag* was released and sold by Banksy exclusively to in person attendees at his 2007 *Santa's Ghetto* show in Bethlehem.

Image rights: Courtesy of Julien's Auctions

About Banksy

Whether plastering cities with his trademark parachuting rat, painting imagined openings in the West Bank barrier in Israel, or stenciling “We’re bored of fish” above a penguins’ zoo enclosure, Banksy creates street art with an irreverent wit and an international reputation that precedes his anonymous identity. “TV has made going to the theatre seem pointless, photography has pretty much killed painting,” he says, “but graffiti has remained gloriously unspoilt by progress.” Banksy has gained his notoriety through a range of urban interventions, from modifying street signs and printing his own currency to illegally hanging his own works in institutions such as the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art. Most often using spray paint and stencils, Banksy has crafted a signature, immediately identifiable graphic style—and a recurring cast of cops, soldiers, children, and celebrities—through which he critically examines contemporary issues of consumerism, political authority, terrorism, and the status of art and its display.

British, Bristol, United Kingdom