Anactions with that these are drawingsrather than actual currency Still they often end up worth far than the face value of the bill would have been A lot of the book details his adventures with banks and government agencies who are often unamused JSG Boggs is an artist whose work has often revolved around money His best nown works are hand drawn replicas of bills which he will try to exchange for goods valued below the face value of the bill and get change for his pains the change from the bill the receipt and the goods then become the work that he will sell to a dealer or collector Because his work sorta inda involves forgery andor counterfeiting is work has occasionally gotten him governmental attention both in the US and the UKThis slim book is expanded from a magazine profile of Boggs There s some interesting stuff here about process as art and some overwrought stuff about the nature of money and some dialog that drove me crazy I m guessing one of two things is true either Weschler designates as uotes things that are actually paraphrased through his own stilted style or everyone who spoke to him really does speak in the same awkward way So his own stilted style or everyone who spoke to him really does speak in the same awkward way So s that Doesn t that sound like a made up name for a mad steampunk genius I ll always read Lawrence Weschler He s one of the finest nonfiction writings that I ve ever read He has an seemingly endless curiosity and attracts nuts like a suirrel BOGGS A COMEDY OF VALUES collects a couple of articles he wrote for the New Yorker about the trials and tribulations of the title character an artist who creates fine art of realistic drawings of currency He s a great draftsman but also a philosophic thinker which puts him suare in the center of the world of contemporary art It s a place where I can never get my bearings I appreciate the thought that goes into the concepts behind the works while often finding the objects that
are created in the process less than interesting But Boggs manages to hold himself between the older medium created in the process less than interesting But Boggs manages to hold himself between the older medium modern art and the newer cerebral contemporary art His work is striking in its realism and thought provoking in the uestions it asks about value These are not merely abstract ueries but have real life conseuences as Boggs was put on trial in England for counterfeiting and was stalked by the Secret Service in the United States as it grappled to build its own case against him All the while he remained playful and inventive using his art as literal commerce when accepted and tracing the transactions through receipts change and the product or service rendered which are framed and hung in galleries Art isn t an object it s process and Boggs twists that process into a form that defies description. Arly lands him in trouble with treasury police around the globe and provokes fundamental uestions regarding the value of art and the value of money. ,
I love Lawrence Weschler he has an eye and ear for details
that allude the unobservant and conveys it a sense of marvelallude the unobservant and conveys it with a sense of wonder that shows respect and understanding for his subjects and his ability to make the connection between the capricious nature of the valuation of art and the currency note using the art of Boggs is brilliant great starting point for discussions about how things are valued A lot of books about money have long hold lists at the library right now go figure but somehow
isn t of them Maybe this title is a few years old but the uestions raised by Boggs s art and Weschler s investigation of it are definitely relevant to the financial situation today The only passages that feel dated are some that deal with electronic transactions andor credit cards This book left me feeling enlightened dude money really is all in our heads interested especially the sections on the history of commercecapitalism and enraged the courtroom scenes are seriously seriously outrageous Also it made me want to read every other book Lawrence Weschler has ever written That is all 3 stars Skipped pages on history of money too boring In general a very interesting book but with a few too many stretches that focus on the history of moneybanking or what is art digressions But otherwise a very readable story of Boggs uniue personality art and unavoidable legal problemsJSG Boggs made really nice drawings of banknotes all drawn by hand but insanely detailed enough to pass for the real thing except for the intentional errors or changes he makes in the bills From this fine art stage he then moved on to performance art where he actually tried to spend these drawings at their face value not trying to pass them off as money but explaining that these are drawings worth at least as much money as the bills they representtoo long and complex a process to describe here but interesting in itself and one that does raise uestions on moneyartvalueetc However this process also brought him to the attention of both the US and British governments and he eventually went on trial in 1988 for basically forgery although it s called something else in England Won t spoil the result of his trial but the last two short sections of the book then pick up again in 1993 and 1998 where it ends Sadly when I looked up Boggs on Wiki to see what he s been up to since then I found that he just passed away this past January at age 62 although I could find nothing on his cause of death or anything at all since his various death announcements oddPERSONAL NOTE I was originally interested in this story because my grandfather was also a money artist working for the American Bank Note Company as an engr. In this highly entertaining book Lawrence Weschler chronicles the antics of J S G Boggs an artist whose consuming passion is money or perhaps preci.this isn t
Lawrence Weschler Ø 0 ReviewAver from the 1920 s 1940 s the ABNC did not make American money but sold it s gorgeous notes to the rest of the world I will include a few samples as photos to this page As a result I began collecting ABNC s Asian banknotes when I moved to Taiwan
in 1978 and they are some of the1978 and they are some of the beautiful things I have ever seenWRITING NOTE Weschler has for me a fairly dry style but he does include a few of the correctly if ridiculously over comma ed sentences of which I am so fond my favorite being End of that case bows all around and a bit later bows all around resumption of ours Great to read some Weschler again he always expands my mindHere we have the story of Boggs an artist who draws pictures of currency and then values them identically to the bill he has drawn So if he draws a 100 bill he sells it for 100 and records the transactionInteresting meditations on the history and role of money with Weschler s expansiveness and light touch and an engaging larger than life central character in BoggsSome of the Is money even real uestions seemed like they could lead to some of the hard money crankery we see in some politics but the uestions are interesting and this thin book is entertaining A hilariously entertaining book whose charm is nearly impossible to convey adeuately This partial description is taken from one of the editorial reviews on com I include it here just to give an idea of what the book is about and to encourage you to check it out for yourselfJames Stephen George Boggs is not a con artist he s a talented artist who deftly renders his own currency and spends it Struck by the value of money and what paper notes represent he draws US dollar bills English pound notes Swiss FRANCS AND OTHER FORMS OF PAPER and other forms of paper then he barters his illustrious artwork in lieu of cash to willing merchants who agree to honor his currency for services and products In Boggs A Comedy of Values Lawrence Weschler documents Boggs s whimsical antics offering a uirky and lively meditation on the value of currency and workmanship and a richly informative albeit brief social history of money An easy and fascinating read What is art What is a reproduction A illuminating look at the intersection of art and commerce Watch the POV film on the same subject It s a bit dated but covers the same terrain This is a really uirky book about the relationship between art and money about how our culture determines the monetary value of a work of art I had never heard of Boggs but you gotta love someone who draws bills American and otherwisewith slight deviations from the real thing and only on one side of the paper He then attempts to often successfully spend them He makes it clear to those he does tr. Sely 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 regul.