It's not easy categorizing Americana art, let alone the contemporary take on it. But the new book For Which It Stands offers a compelling look at the subject, with an impressive collection of works by over 60 artists ranging from Barbara Kruger and Tom Sachs to Vik Muniz and Maurizio Cattelan. With 400 pages of intimate interviews and oversized images, it's a dynamic cocktail of the nostalgic, provocative, witty and surprising, where fast food's Golden Arches (painted in pretty porcelain blue) meets origami money and a jumpsuit-wearing Vanna White.

McDonald's — Four Gentlemen (Plum, Iris, Bamboo and Chrysanthemum), 2007 by Li Lihong