back to benes imagesbarton lidice benes
Born in Westwood, New Jersey, 1942
Lives and works in New York City
Studied at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York and Beaux-Arts, Avignon, France
Barton Benes makes " museums," somewhat in the style of Jospeh Cornell, which incorporate into shadow boxes bits and pieces that reveal the myths and ironies of life. The fragments in Benes's museums often involve famous poeple and events, as do the sixteen collaged bits in this print, from a piece of Elizabeth Taylor's shoe to a cumb from the wedding cake of the Prince of Wales. Benes's traveling exhibition series about AIDS, Lethal Weapsons, is the foucs of an independent documentary film released in 1997. Among the museums that have acquired his works are the Chicago Art Institute, the National Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Australia, and the North Dakota Museum of Art.
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