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.
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.