A colorful shredded currency collage with a rose 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. NOTE: All the shredded American currency in his works he purchased pre-shredded from the Federal Reserve.
Mixed media collage of a rose constructed with shredded currency and striped painted background under plexiglas in a simple wooden shadowbox. Dimensions: 12” h x 11” w, framed.
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