A unique collage using a vial and a gilt round decorative architectural element done by American artist Barton Lidice Benes (1942-2012). Benes was born in Hackensack, New Jersey and graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and went on to become well known for his shredded currency assemblages, collages, and sculptures. In a darker continuation of Joseph Cornell’s shadow boxes, Barton Lidice Benes produced reliquaries containing the likes of Shirley Temple’s dollhouse, a fragment of an Egyptian pyramid, and a piece of tile from Hitler’s house. Benes called his best-known series of these intricate works “Museums”—miniature exhibitions of the eclectic artifacts he obsessively collected.
Mixed media collage, signed and inscribed “1 Gram of Picasso, for Karen,” and dated 1985, mounted on paper with a gilt highlight on linen in a clear plexiglas shadowbox with a wooden frame. Dimensions: 15 ¼” h x 12 ¼” w, framed.
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