Title: Flag II (North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland)
Oil on aluminum
Dimensions: 30 × 40 inches (76.2 × 101.6 cm)
Acquired through the George and Mary Rockwell Fund
Object Number: 2012.010.002
In these two paintings (2012.010.001, 2012.010.002), Muhanned Cader not only references various histories of landscape painting, as well as a history of abstraction and Color Field painting within global modern history, but also the transformation of that abstraction into a tricolor flag, a symbol of nationalism. Working from photographs of Unawatuna Beach, Sri Lanka, and North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland), Cader is obliquely addressing the politicization of territories and national boundaries, and the unequal power structures that control them.
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