Paul Ramírez Jonas, We Make Change, 2008 (detail).
Penny press machine, oak, plexiglass, one penny from each year
minted from 1909–2008. Photography: Paul Ramírez Jonas.
Courtesy the artist and Koenig & Clinton, New York.
In the show's opening position is Andy Warhol's wonderful little painting of both sides of a two-dollar bill, lent by the Dayton Art Institute. Warhol made it in response to the exhortation to paint what he liked. That would be money, wouldn't it? Warhol was a master draftsman, and there's a pencil drawing of $5 banknotes that communicates the controlled emotion one feels in master drawings of the nude. The wonderful thing about his money portraits is that they are both careful in their representation and fresh in their expressiveness: His self-awareness is clear, but there's also an innocence too that asks to be taken seriously.
Cildo Meireles, Zero-Dollar Bill, 1978/2013. Image courtesy the artist.
Photo copyright Pat Kilgore.
|Superflex, Bankrupt Banks, 2008 – present, banners: |
paint on fabric, 79 x 79 inches; panels: vinyl on painted MDF,
79 x 39.5 inches, Coppel Collection, photo courtesy Nils Staerk
and Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo.
GABA, Bankivi: Housing Bank, 2014,|
Wood, decommissioned Central African (CFA)
franc banknotes, plexiglas, assorted coins
William E. Jones, Color Coordinated Currency (Green), 2012. Image courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Photo Brian Forrest.