No Drones, by Louise Lawler, 2010–11

Louise Lawler, Artist
No Drones , 2010–11

Laminated Fujiflex on museum box
29 1/4 x 19 3/4 in. (74.3 x 50.2 cm)
Credit Line
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York. Image courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures

No Drones pictures Mustang-Staffel (Mustang Squadron), a 1964 painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter that depicts a group of Mustang bombers, the planes that were used by Allied forces to help defeat the Nazis in World War II. Lawler photographed the painting at an oblique angle so that we see the hanging device attached to the stretcher bars behind the canvas. The title of the work is both a literalism (there were no drones during World War II) and a contemporary call to end the production and use of airborne instruments of war.