As many of you know, I've collected the work of "money artist" J.S.G. Boggs ever since I met him in Pittsburgh back in the early 90s.
I haven't heard from him in years, and he seemed to have dropped from the scene as personal problems including an automobile accident have taken their toll. But he's still discussed in the art world - this week I came across this article about an exhibit of his work at an art fair in Beijing, China.
Under the banner Artistic Creativity, Artistic Life, the 2010 Beijing International Art Exposition will be held from August 19-23 at China World Trade Center, attracting over 100 top art agencies and galleries from home and abroad.
Now in its 13th year, the event will highlight quality art works of high collecting value, the organizer said.
The exposition will boast a collection of over 5,000 pieces of artwork from top-notch international galleries like Germany's Hagemann Gallery, Olga's Gallery in Switzerland and Boun/HuaMing Art Space from France.
A highlight of the show is the inclusion of signature pieces by J.S.G. Boggs, whose work deals with the tension between money's aesthetic value and its economic function.
A group of contemporary Italian artists will have their works shown for the first time in China at the exposition, including Gianfranco Meggiato, Antonello Venditti and Vincenzo Balsamo.
To cater to the demand for Western classical works in China, several impressionist pieces such as La Route de Verrières by French painter Alfred Sisley and Pond's Edge In Normandy by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot will be on display.
The article didn't include images of the displayed art, but I did come across a YouTube video of Boggs making one of his famous transactions. An image from the video is shown above, and for those whose email reader or browser supports it, an embedded video is below.