Barton Lidice Benes

Palette, 1998

Barton Lidice Benes (American, 1942-2012), Palette, 1998, mixed media with currency, 22 x 30 in. Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School, 1999.9.

Barton Lidice Benes was a New York-based sculptor who worked in a range of materials, including American currency purchased pre-shredded from the Federal Reserve. While much of his work focused on the AIDS epidemic, this work is meant as a comment on the commodification of art.