Wes Lang

Wes Lang

Hardback

By (artist) Wes Lang, Contributions by James Frey, Foreword by Justin Theroux

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  • Publisher: PictureBox Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 234mm x 307mm x 18mm | 1,225g
  • Publication date: 12 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1939799112
  • ISBN 13: 9781939799111
  • Sales rank: 237,798

Product description

Wes Lang portrays a fictional history of America; he juxtaposes symbols of Americana and the Wild West against contemporary pop culture and kitschy iconography. War, prejudice, hatred and hypocrisy are countered with hope, idealism and a strong belief in, and fascination for, his country. Lang's first monograph focuses on his works on paper, the complicated arrangements of Americana vocabulary, expertly rendered in ink and paint. These works are carefully selected from a decade's worth of material and mix the verve of rock music with the drawings of a 19th century illustrator.

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We think of Lang as a black-denim-clad avatar mining the post-pop American landscape. He gathers iconography, stirs it all up, and brings it to a boil to tell his own cryptic stories. The result? Canvases that are layered, Basquiat-like, with vignettes: skulls wearing Native American headdresses, panhead Harley-Davidsons, buxom pimup models, cigarette-smoking Playboys Bunnies.--Devin Friedman"GQ" (10/01/2013)