"USD 100 Dollars" by Wang Jin

2008
$5,800 USD
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Dimensions
W: 32.25" D: 12.0" H: 28.75"
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WJN001
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Acclaimed Beijing-based artist Wang Jin chronicles the curious intersection of history and contemporary life in conceptual, thought-provoking compositions. As part of The Censor America series, he created “USD 100 Dollars” on a Qing Dynasty paving stone. These stones are traditionally called "gold bricks". Each was made of layers and layers of compressed earth and polished to a high shine that people thought resembled gold. On each of the bricks in the series, the artist superimposed a truncated version of a currency note. This surprising juxtaposition conflates traditional notions of culture with a potent symbol of world economies and points at the notion that culture is being consumed by market forces. Custom steel stand included.

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