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02.02.12 Marina Galperina

In 2005, artist David Choe painted graffiti-style murals inside and around Facebook’s first headquarters in Palo Alto, California, though he considered the idea of Facebook “ridiculous and pointless.” They offered to pay him his couple of thousand dollars in shares instead of cash. He said, sure. Now, those shares are worth $200,000,000 now that the […]

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12.14.11 Marina Galperina

Back in 2008, ingenious plagiarist, snatch decorator, and hobbyist drug counselor Damien Hirst declared that he shall no longer be making candy-color dot paintings. Panic ensued. In a 2-day Sotheby’s grab-a-thon, 21,000 visitors swiftly rushed to buy up hundreds of Hirst-works for $200.7 million (cha-ching), especially those rare, extinct dots because there isn’t going to […]

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06.23.11 Marina Galperina

In a matter of hours, Banksy’s latest piece — a tribute to London graffiti writer TOX who was recently convicted of criminal damage — has been located, measured and boarded up. Presumably, the swift action was taken to protect the work’s monetary value… or to keep Jeffrey’s Street residents from getting a new window chiseled […]

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05.27.11 Marina Galperina

As promised, German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann and Guggenheim’s Hugo Boss Award winner has turned his $100,000 prize into 100,000 used dollar bills and had them pinned tightly together on the walls and columns of the museum’s second floor gallery. When asked if he wished the work was permanent, Feldmann said “No way! I want the […]

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04.19.11 Marina Galperina

This commercially-commissioned money-gami series from artist Won Park and Seattle-based YIU Studio doesn’t have that pointed social criticism and counter-nationalism of Dan Tague’s crumpled dollar works, but it does have colors other than green. Borrowing hues from non-American currency, they’re… cute, right? This Angry Two Dollar Bear is the best. We’d love to see him […]

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02.28.11 Marina Galperina

Artist Dan Tague spells out a spectrum of American consciousness with folded money: from Don’t Tread on Me to State of Fear to Holy Shit. It’s kind of his niche, because cash rules everything around him. See some prints of Tague’s origami’ed green$ at the NY Volta Art Fair. “Live Free or Die,” Dan Tague, […]

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10.21.10 Lauri Apple

On September 30, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer had $19.3 million in his campaign war chest/duffle bag thing. Now he’s giving it all away. Get your Schumerbucks, today! […]

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03.02.10 Marina Galperina

ArtInfo’s round up of the world’s wealthiest artists names Damien Hirst as “likely the world’s richest,” ca-ching-ing up there on par with the collector monarchy with a bounty of $338,000,000. Also: Murakami, Koons, Schnabel, Kapoor and Johns.  […]

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05.01.09 Will Sherman

One of many laser-cut stacks of one dollar bills by tattoo artist Scott Campbell on view in his solo show, “Make It Rain,” at O.H.W.O.W. gallery in Miami. |O.H.W.O.W.| […]

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04.30.09 Will Sherman

While the NYU financial aid flyer, that encouraged poorer students to leave for a more affordable CUNY education, was a fake, it wasn’t too far off the mark. NYU financial counselors are calling up accepted applicants with large gaps between their financial aid packages and the tuition they need, to make sure they understand how […]

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