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Mister E

Benny Jr. and Independence (Two Works), 2013

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Details

Lot 37
Acrylic and resin on silkscreen canvas
26.0 x 62.0 in (66.0 x 157.5 cm)
Edition of 25
Signed on recto; numbered on edge; signed, numbered, and stamped on verso (each)

Location

This work ships from the United States.


Description

Miami-based artist Mister E is perhaps best known for his tongue-in-cheek appropriations of U.S. currency. By transforming money into colossal and colorful interpretations, Mister E. ultimately comments on society’s infatuation with money. “Benny Jr.” and “Independence,” show both sides of the $100 bill in sharp, vivid color–the “front” featuring a technicolor version of US President Benjamin Franklin, and the “back” showcasing Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the birthplace of America and where the Declaration of Independence was signed. For Mister E, money need not necessarily be something that is demonized, but can also be viewed as a symbol of freedom.


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