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$108 Bill

Accession Number
1976/2.111

Title
$108 Bill

Artist(s)
Ôyvind Fahlström

Artist Nationality
Swedish (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1973

Medium & Support
silkscreen on paper

Dimensions
12 in x 9 1/16 in (30.48 cm x 23.02 cm);7 in x 6 15/16 in (17.78 cm x 17.62 cm);12 in x 9 1/16 in (30.48 cm x 23.02 cm);22 in x 18 1/16 in (55.88 cm x 45.88 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Robert Rauschenberg

Subject matter
This print was included in a portfolio of work by 30 artists created as part of a fundraising effort for the project, Experiments in Art and Technology.  Known to work in a pop art style, here Fahlström employs cartoon-style imagery in his take of American currency.  Fahlström's work was often characterized by its critical and satirical political and economic commentary.  Here, he comments on America's fascination with capitalism, money, and problems of inflation.  He has even specified that this bill is worth "One hundred and eight inflated dollars."

Physical Description
​Print showing the front and back of a made-up 108 dollar bill.  The artist has replaced normal imagery and phrases of U.S. currency with cartoons and captions created by the him.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
American paper money
The New York Collection for Stockholm
cartoons (humorous images)
modern and contemporary art
portfolios (groups of works)
satire (artistic device)

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