‘Untitled (dollar bill back)' 2011
Colour silkscreen on Lanaquarelle paper
Image size: 49.5 x 128.3cm (19 1/2 x 50 1/2in)
Paper size: 63.5 x 142.2cm (25 x 56in)
Edition of 100
‘Untitled (dollar bill back)' is a limited edition print by American artist Tom Friedman. Here, the artist replicates in stunning detail the reverse of a United States one-dollar bill, its traditional muted green form now a psychedelic explosion of vivid colour. Printed using a 40-colour process on to handmade French paper the kaleidoscopic dollar bill is presented enlarged to iconic scale.
This ubiquitous currency is transformed by Friedman's touch and exemplifies perfectly his uncanny ability to use a mundane object as a catalyst for artistic revelation. The work depicts the most frequently reproduced and circulated bank note, questioning the status of the object and the relationship between art and commodity.
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