Curiosa: Celebrity Relics, Historical Fossils, And Other Metamorphic Rubbish

Curiosa: Celebrity Relics, Historical Fossils, And Other Metamorphic Rubbish

  • Publish Date: 2002-10-23
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Barton Lidice Benes
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Barton Benes imbues mundane objects with the mystical power of holy relics. He assembles modern-day curiosity cabinets, or reliquaries, out of everyday objects that have been touched by fame. From such celebrity-owned articles as Madonna's panties, Bill Clinton's throat lozenge, O. J. Simpson's glove, Larry Hagman's gallstone, and glass from the car crash in which Princess Diana died, Benes creates an art that is as arresting as it is unique. Whether his creativity is fueled by discards with the pedigree of fame or infamy, such as a Frank Sinatra fingernail clipping or the Son of Sam's hair, or by unusual and strange objects from human and natural history, such as mummy dust, Benes mounts and labels the items and assembles them into mini-museums that are alternately provocative, disturbing, and amusing, but always compelling.

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