Money: worth more than the paper it’s written on

Watts,R_DollarBill_1962 copy

Robert Watts. Left: Dollar Bill Books, 1987. Offset, stamped and bound in tree booklets; 6.25 x 2.5 inches. Right: Dollar Bill, 1962. Offset; 6.25 x 2.5 inches. Watts transforms the mechanical image into a unique work, in effect making an “original copy.” His gesture ultimately debases his work’s material value to a few cents. Except that it remains a work of art, and so its economic value is determined by its aesthetic value, an amount certain to exceed that of a $1 dollar bill.