LIMITED TO 50 COPIES, the Artist Edition contains a real dollar bill with hand-colored letters and numbers, as well as a full-color clown portrait – just like the ones seen in AlteredValue (valued at $100 USD). As an added bonus, one out of every ten copies of the Artist Edition will contain a randomly-inserted, original, fully-rendered Funny Money drawing ($450 USD value)! Books will also be hand-signed and numbered by Josh. ________________
Ten years ago, Josh Usmani quit his day job to pursue a career as a full-time artist. Months later, the 2008 economic meltdown sent Josh s aspirations into uncertainty.
His lifelong monetary issues eventually became the inspiration for using currency as an art medium.
What began as a form of tongue-in-cheek political protest has evolved into a visually spectacular exploration of value. By drawing on real currency, Josh encourages viewers to explore creative expression and question the concept of value itself. He has certainly altered these notes worth, but whether Josh has increased or decreased their value is up for viewers to decide.
Altered Value: The Art of Funny Money features more than 150 of Josh’s fantastically colorful drawings on currency from the U.S. and more than 35 countries.