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Boggs: A Comedy of Values

 
 
 
 
Boggs: A Comedy of Values
Author: Lawrence Weschler
ISBN 13: 9780226893969
ISBN 10: 226893960
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 2000-11-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
List Price: $17.00
 
 

In this highly entertaining book, Lawrence Weschler chronicles the antics of J. S. G. Boggs, an artist whose consuming passion is money, or perhaps more precisely, value. Boggs draws money-paper notes in standard currencies from all over the world-and tries to spend his drawings. It is a practice that regularly lands him in trouble with treasury police around the globe and provokes fundamental questions regarding the value of art and the value of money.

The Times - Howard Davies

Boggs is an artist of sorts: one with a talent for drawing precise copies of banknotes. So precise are they that the Bank of England took him to court ten years ago for counterfeiting. (He was acquitted by a sympathetic jury, in spite of a hostile summing-up by the judge.) Whatever the legal status of his work, straightforward counterfeiting is not Boggs's game now, if it ever was. He does not seek to pass off drawings as authentic notes but he does seek to spend them.