Bob Osbourne and Carrie Reichardt created a stir last year with the book Cash Is King featuring real currency notes abused, defaced and revalued by artists. Not satisfied with one book of defaced cash they have only gone and done it again and published Volume 2 of Cash Is.
Last year the book launched at the Saatchi Gallery on the Kings Road and a bevvy of artists grabbed copies to vandalise the covers more than they were already. Same thing is going to happen again this Tuesday can you believe.
As well as copies of this subversive tome, specimens of paper money in frames from many artists are available to be purchased at what may look like attractive prices. Capitalists welcome.
Many artists have contributed art and provided explanations that sometimes seen even quite lucid. There are several fascinating essays and even a small section from me mulling over that wobbly intersection between cash and street art, don’t say you haven’t been warned. My fav essay is one by Jonathan Harris who recaps a career of burning money, it includes musings on theories of money, human nature, hallucinations and builds towards an anecdote involving a staged money burning at the entrance to a graveyard in 2016, crowned with the genius gag “Failure now would have grave consequences”.
Apart from Bob and Carrie, various other people have winged some form of curation in the exhibition including Olly Walker, Suze Hansen , Martyn Reed, sxselli, Rosie Osbourne and mutoid waste.
Copies of the book can be acquired through the author Bob Osbourne or from Saatchi Gallery.
The framed notes can be viewed at and purchased from the Saatchi website or from the exhibition which is live and open to the public from Wednesday, closes 8th September. Do try to make it.
One of the Cash Is King dust jackets photographed in Cash Is King 2 is “Mommon” by Peter Dunne, which provides a tenuous in the extreme leap street artist Mammon (as in “wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion”) who put up three slogans fabricated out of coins late last week, literally turning cash into street art.
Bob Osbourne Instagram
Carrie Reichardt instagram
Olly Walker Instagram
Saatchi Gallery Cash Is King 2 webpage
Street art photos by Dave Stuart
Other images from book, copyright in art as stated in the book.