Best-known for his controversial use of American flags as canvas, David SchwARTZ was most recently invited by Dealer Ken Hendel of Gallery Art to show his work at Art Basel/Red Dot Miami 2010. SchwARTZ made his international debut in the 2007 edition of the Bienalle Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea where he found himself in the company of esteemed artists such as Gilbert and George, Christo, Jeanne-Claude, and Richard Anuskiewicz.
It was at the Bienalle where he first presented artwork on the American flag as canvas and began receiving resounding support both from the international community as well as American military veterans. In the year that followed, gifts of retired flags began arriving in the mail for use in the American Icon series, which was inspired when the artist discovered nine retired flags in a trash bag. The most noted canvas to date was gifted to SchwARTZ by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. This flag, which flew on the State Capitol, is the foundation for the artwork (pictured left) entitled “I WANT YOU to Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet!” and the basis for a grassroots partnership between the artist, businesses, non-profits, and government agencies.