January 23—February 28, 2015

White Flag AA Bronson

White Flag #9, 2014 (left) White Flag #8, 2015 (right) Both works: Rabbit skin glue, Champagne chalk, raw honey on wool, cotton and metal grommet on linen Formally, the series White Flag not only refers to AA Bronson’s own monochromatic paintings—the White AIDS series from 1993 with General Idea—but also to Jasper Johns iconic series of flag paintings begun in 1953. But while Johns early Pop Art paintings disavowed the symbolic meaning of its flags, targets and numbers, treating them as found motifs, AA Bronson uses the charged nature of the flag as national, cultural and personal emblem as an integral part of these works. Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Press Release

Dedicated to General Idea 1969-1994 Esther Schipper is pleased to present AA Bronson’s White Flag, the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. On September 11, 2001, AA Bronson was caught in Toronto when his flight home to New York was canceled. He watched in real time on television, as two airplanes punctured the twin towers of the World Trade Center, and then as the towers collapsed. It was seven days before he could rejoin...
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