Wes Lang, ‘The Presence of the Departed’, 2014, V1 Gallery
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Wes Lang

The Presence of the Departed, 2014

Acrylic, oil stick, colored pencil, pencil and paper collage on canvas
83 9/10 × 120 1/10 in
213 × 305 cm
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Copenhagen V
About the work
Wes Lang
American, b. 1972
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Wes Lang, who was employed at a tattoo shop in his youth, draws from a range of influences and sources for his practice, including Philip Guston, Martin Kippenberger, and Cy Twombly. His works are gatherings and reconfigurations of American imagery and iconography, commonly featuring flags, skulls, cowboys, and eagles. He also incorporates clippings of found images from newspapers and pornographic magazines in his work. Lang explains: “I like to take American history and then completely ignore it…It comes out of criticism and great love.” Works like The Promised Land (2005) and Tits and Flags (2008) demonstrate Lang’s ability to reference historical narratives or utopian visions without presenting an explicit narrative in the work itself.

Wes Lang, ‘The Presence of the Departed’, 2014, V1 Gallery
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About the work
Wes Lang
American, b. 1972
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Wes Lang, who was employed at a tattoo shop in his youth, draws from a range of influences and sources for his practice, including Philip Guston, Martin Kippenberger, and Cy Twombly. His works are gatherings and reconfigurations of American imagery and iconography, commonly featuring flags, skulls, cowboys, and eagles. He also incorporates clippings of found images from newspapers and pornographic magazines in his work. Lang explains: “I like to take American history and then completely ignore it…It comes out of criticism and great love.” Works like The Promised Land (2005) and Tits and Flags (2008) demonstrate Lang’s ability to reference historical narratives or utopian visions without presenting an explicit narrative in the work itself.

Wes Lang

The Presence of the Departed, 2014

Acrylic, oil stick, colored pencil, pencil and paper collage on canvas
83 9/10 × 120 1/10 in
213 × 305 cm
Sold
Location
Copenhagen V
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