Designer/Artist & Manufacturer: Barton Lidice Benes (1942-2012)
Markings: signed; 2002
Country of Origin & Materials: American; paper, acrylic, metal, wax, shredded currency
Additional Information: Work is titled ESSENCE. Provenance: Gift from the artist | The Collection of Dr. Howard Grossman, West Palm Beach, Florida. Barton Lidice Benes is known for his provocative, symbolic mixed media assemblage made from materials such as paper currency, biological materials and celebrity ephemera, with significant pieces relating to the AIDS epidemic . In the introduction to "Curiosa: Celebrity Relics, Historical Fossils, & Other Metamorphic Rubbish," John Berendt discusses Benes' works of this nature. "With some of the relics, the best in my opinion, he goes one step further and creates a shape that symbolizes the relic itself in some way. He calls this series TRANSUBSTANTIATION" (Benes pg. 15).
Dimensions(H,W,D): 8"h, 10"w; 12.25"h, 14.5"w, 2.25"d frame