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Fifty Dollars from Honest Money
  • Ganzeer
    born 1982
    born: Giza, Egypt
    Booklyn, Inc., publisher
    founded 1999
    Wasp Print, printer
    founded 2011
  • Fifty Dollars from Honest Money, 2015
  • Ganzeer's Trouble Trunk
  • Where object was made: New York, New York, United States
  • color letterpress
  • Object Height/Width: 175 x 65 mm
    Object Height/Width: 6 7/8 x 2 9/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Shirley Cundiff Haines and Jordan L. Haines Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0025.22

The recto depicts three American soldiers with rifles in their hands. Text at the top reads: “50 Fifty Dollars, Federal Reserve [sic] note of the United States of America. This note is part of an art project titled “Honest Money” by visual artist “Ganzeer”. This note is not intended as a legal tender for all debts, public or private, although its value exceeds the current value of fifty U.S. dollars. Series 2015. U.S troops arrive in Kuwait, circa 1990.” In the bottom left corner is partially obscured text which appears to read: “In imperialism we trust.”
The verso has two images of the globe: the Western and Eastern Hemispheres. These are printed in green ink while red ink is used to denote locations of U.S. military bases. Text to the right of the images reads: “Fifty Dollars. 2.5 million U.S. military personnel. 737 military bases. 150+ countries. 74.6% countries hosting U.S. military bases; 23.4% countries not hosting U.S. military bases.