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Wes Lang

by James Frey

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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.… (more)
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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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