Curiosa: Celebrity Relics, Historical Fossils, and Other Metamorphic Rubbish


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by Barton Lidice Benes. Foreword by John Berendt. Published by Abrams, 2002. First edition. Hardcover, illustrated cloth boards with die-cut dust jacket, Small quarto. 131pp. Illustrated. Fine in Fine dust jacket.

“Barton Benes imbues mundane objects with the mystical power of holy relics. He assembles modern-day curiosity cabinets, or reliquaries, out of everyday objects that have been touched by fame. From such celebrity-owned articles as Madonna’s panties, Bill Clinton’s throat lozenge, O.J. Simpson’s glove, Larry Hagman’s gallstone, and glass from the car crash in which Princess Diana died, Benes creates an art that is as arresting as it is unique.”