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    Symbols of Americana: A Fourth of July Celebration

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LiveArt Market celebrates the Fourth of July by presenting a drop of Andy Warhol, Roe Ethridge, and Derrick Adams - three artists who work in distinct styles but who are all inspired by the vernacular forms of American life and culture. Andy Warhol’s images of consumer culture - hamburgers, Coca-Cola bottles, celebrities - glorify the American obsession with fast-food, soda, and pop-culture, while Roe Ethridge finds painterly beauty in his photographs of common-place objects and the mythologies of the American road. In his collages, paintings and prints, Derrick Adams portrays Black Americans in moments of joy, celebration, and leisure, providing a fuller representation of the Black lived experience and the fulfillment of the American dream. Together, these artworks utilize a visual lexicon of classic American objects and symbols to call to mind a summer celebration.
"Everybody has their own America, and then they have pieces of a fantasy America that they think is out there but they can’t see…So the fantasy corners of America…you’ve pieced them together from scenes in movies and music and lines from books. And you live in your dream America that you’ve custom-made from art and schmaltz and emotions just as much as you live in your real one."
- Andy Warhol