August 6, 2007

Peter Simensky's currency exchange

“Cerca Series: Peter Simensky,” curated by Lucia Sanroman. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA. Through Sept. 23

In the Union-Tribune, Robert L. Pincus reports: "The Brooklyn-based artist isn't the first to make art about or with money – and we can be sure he won't be the last. Nineteenth-century fool-the-eye painters, including William Harnett and John Peto, liked to render American notes in their canvases. In their early 20th-century dada days, Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray had fun with the concept of money; Duchamp appeared as sort of satyr on 'Monte Carlo Bond' (1924) in a Man Ray photograph....Using his printed bills, Simensky has bought modest-sized works from other artists and built some portable gallery spaces to house them. (The walls and pedestals for display fold up into shipping crates.) Thus, the 'Neutral Capital Collection' was born." Read more.

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