American, B. 1976
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Business card size originals sell for $200-$300, 4x6 inch collages for $1000-$1500, 6x8s for $2000-ish, 12x16 inch collages for $6000-$9000, and up from there. There are larger sizes, and there are much larger sizes. I'm happy to entertain select commissioned artworks as well.

The work tends to sell briskly, but there are usually a couple pieces hanging around. If you've budgeted more than a thousand dollars, you can get in touch with me directly and I'll try to find something that suits you. In New York City you can visit Joshua Liner Gallery, ground floor on 28th street, or inquire with Josh or Karyn about their inventory. You can also contact Pavel or Kris at Pavel Zoubok Fine Art to inquire about theirs.

Mark Wagner is best known for his intricate collages made entirely from deconstructed US dollars. Wagner destroys thousands of bills yearly to create works which pointedly and playfully explore the intersection of wealth, power, value, and American identity. Wagner's audacious (and unlawful) destruction of this revered icon of American commerce is checked only by his virtuoso material manipulation, which renders what you will... portraits, plant life, fantastical beasts, or allegorical scenes recasting George Washington in every roll.

Wagner's artwork is an entry point to a conversation extending far beyond the art world. Decades dedicated to destroying banknotes has provided Wagner with a unique perspective on the nature of money. Modern man's obsession with finance and our wistful attempts to tame it through economics belies money's emotional, mercurial... even fictional nature. Wagner addresses these issues in writing, lecture, and interview as eloquently as he does through his artwork.

Wagner's work is collected by dozens of institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the US Federal Reserve Board, and the Smithsonian Institution. It has shown extensively including at The Metropolitan Museum, The Getty Research Institute, and National Portrait Gallery. It's been seen in Time, Newsweek, Harpers, and Art in America as well as on CBS, PBS, and the silver screen.

FAQ an entertaining essay covering the basics.
MONEY IS MATERIAL mini-documentary by P.F. Pictures
MARKETPLACE with Kai Ryssdal interview, NPR
REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM a Noam Chomsky film I collaborated on.
THE NEW MONEYED ART by Adrian Brune, The Huffington Post.
THE PHANTOMS OF LIBERTY by Howard Hurst, Hyperallergic.
HOW MARK WAGNER MAKES PORTRAITS by Kristen Hohenadel, Slate.
THE ART OF THE DOLLAR by Georgia McCafferty, CNN.
CASHING IN ON ART by Beth Stebner, NY Daily News.
WORLD CAT listing for some of my artist books.
WIKIPEDIA and IMDB listings too.
THE MARK WAGNER CURRENCY COLLAGE OMNIBUS, a PDF catalog collecting every collage.


University of Wisconsin, Madison, BFA 1995 

X-ing Books / X-ing Art: partner (2008-present)
Ugly Duckling Press(e): board member (2011-2013)
Booklyn Artists Alliance: founder, president emeritus, publisher (1998-2018)
BirdBrain Press: proprietor (1997-present)
Ruth Lingen: print and binding assistant (2000-2004)
Art Industry: exhibition designer (1998-2000)
State Historical Society of Wisconsin: paper conservator (1994-1996)
2016 I'm Mark Wagner & I Approve this Message, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
2013 Money, Power, Sex, & Mark Wagner, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
2012 Voting with Your Pocketbook, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
2011 Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC 
2010 Face Value, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell Colege, IA
2008 My Portfolio, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
Creative Accounting, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
2006 Tags and Bills, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
2003 Library in a Book in a Library, Parson’s School of Design, NYC
1997 Would I, Wood Eye, Gallery 214, Madison, WI
1996 New and Used Art, Memorial Union Gallery, Madison, WI

Bibliotheque National de France, Paris
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC
Clark Library, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Dennison Library, Mills College, Claremont, CA
Elmer L. Anderson Library, Minneapolis, MN
Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC
Getty Center for the History of Art and Humanities, Los Angeles, CA
Golda Meir Library, Milwaukee, WI
Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuttle, Germany
Houghton Art Library, Cambridge, MA
Klingspoor Museum of Art, Offenbach am Main, Germany
Kohler Art Library, Madison, WI
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Long Island University Library, Brooklyn, NY
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Mata and Arthor Jaffe Collection, Boca Raton, FL
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Milwaukee Public Library, WI
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Multnomah Public Library, Portland, OR
Museum of Modern Art, Library Collection, NYC 
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
New York Public Library, NYC
Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ
Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
Reed College, Portland, OR
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Sterling Memorial Library, New Haven, CT
Swarthmore College Library, Swarthmore, PA
University of California, Irvine, CA
UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
UVM, Burlington, VT
Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 
Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

2019 Mediums of Exchange, Lehman College, Fiterman Art Center, NYC
2018 Face Off with Stacey Lee Webber, Bertrand Productions, Philadelphia, PA
Cut Up Cut Out, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
Under Construction, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
Engaged Editions: Advocacy in Print, Booklyn Artists Alliance, Brooklyn, NY
Art and Currency, LCD Gallery, Houston, TX
2017 Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting, Currier Museum, Manchaster, NH
Cut Up Cut Out, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
Cut Up Cut Out, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
State of the Art, Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
2016 Platforms, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KA
2014 State of the Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AK
In __ We Trust, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Currency, Proteus Gowanus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Behind the Personal Library, Center for Book Arts, NYC
2013 Sex, Money and Power, Maison Particuliere, Brussels, Belgium
Love Me Tender, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
2012 Diamond Leaves, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China
Rorschach, Phillips De Pury, NYC
Thenceforward and Forever Free, Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Party Headquarters: Art and Political Absurdity, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC
We Have Relocated to our New Location, Picture Farm Gallery, NYC
Remix: Selections from ICC, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
2011 Americans Now, The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, DC
People Don't Like to Read Art, Western Exhibition, Chicago, IL
Sweet and Savory, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
The Bank and Trust Show, The Arts Exchange, White Plains, NY
Borders and Frontiers, Oakland University Art Gallery, MI
Extreme Materials 2, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
Paper Cuts, Fullerton College Art Gallery, CA
Remix: Selections from the ICC, Samek Art Gallery, Lewisberg, PA
2010 Resurrectine, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, NYC
Size Does Matter, Flag Art Foundation, NYC
Pop Goes the World, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
A Reader's Art, Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Nothing To Say, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Under the influence of Fashion and Finance, Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, CA
2009 Text / Message: Books by Artists, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Wall Rockets, FLAG Art Foundation, NYC and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Moving Money, SAC Gallery, NYC
Liberty, special project Pulse Art Fair, Miami, FL 
Collage, London / New York, FRED, London, England
Paper Trail v.5, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
The New Deal, Art and Currency, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2008 1968/2008: The Culture of Collage, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
Messages & Magic, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Attention to Detail, FLAG Art Foundation, NYC 
2007 The Colonial Show, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
Money, Hewitt Gallery of Art, Marymount College, NYC
Making the Most of It, Islip Art Museum, East Islip , NY 
Bits and Pieces: The Collage Impulse, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
2006 Alternating Currency, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
The New Collage, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC
Money Changes Everything, Schroeder Romero, NYC
2005 The Artist Turns to the Book, Getty Center for the History of Art and Humanities, Los Angeles, CA       
2004 Jonathan Mason, Christian Uhl, and Mark Wagner, 7/3 Split, Chicago, IL
A Perfect Union...More or Less, Renaissance Society / University of Chicago, IL
What the Book?, Flux Factory, Queens, NY
Another Voice, Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD
Artists Interrogate Politics and War, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Selfish: Self portraits by 128 artists, Gallery 128, NYC
This Thing We Do, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
Making Meaning: The Artist Book, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
So Far..., Occasional Art, St. Paul, MN
2003 Rutgers Books Arts Symposium Exhibition, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
Overlooked and Looked Over, Occasional Art, St. Paul, MN
Home Office, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, NYC
Five Degrees, White Couch Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Even the Birds Were on Fire, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Hamady’s Problems, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
2002 Rare Books of the Future, Center for Book Arts, NYC
Parallel Botany, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
Highlights from the Kohler Art Library, Memorial Library, Madison, WI
Chance Encounters, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2001 Million Dollars, 16 Beaver Group, NYC
Scott’s Tissues, 16 Beaver Group, NYC
Growing Books, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Lawn D’Art, Pyramid Art Center/Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
2000 Artists Books, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Recent Acquisitions from the Print Department, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
Made in Book Land, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
Books by Artists, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NYC
1999 Artwork from the 1999 Progressive Calendar, Ground Zero Gallery, Madison, WI
Supermarket II, Slop Art Shop, Kansas City, MS
1997 Document-uh, performance arts festival, Madison, WI
Documents and Documentation, Gallery 214, Madison, WI
Supermarket, Madison, WI
1996 Well-Worn Text, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
That’s Incredible (the fantastic, the grotesque, and the banal), Gallery 214, Madison, WI
Elective Surgeries, Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI
Pieces and Pieces of Pieces, BFA exhibition, Humanities building, Madison, WI

2018 "Money and Magic, on Gift, Grift, and Graft" Love Me Tender No. 3
"The Money Issue," cover image, Art + Design Magazine, winter 2018
"Altered Value, the Art of Josh Usmani" 1984 publishing, forward
"Burning Issues" Vol. 1 Super Deluxe, image use throughout 
2017 "Washington at Large," portfolio, Forbes Spain, October
2016 "Look Sharp, the Theory and Practice of Collage" Love Me Tender No. 1
"The Smell of Money" Love Me Tender No. 2, self-published zine
"Die Neue Geld Politik" included art, Manager Magazin, Oktober
2015 "Requiem for the American Dream," film, Noam Chomsky and P. F. Pictures
"See the World. See the Savings." AT&T ad campaign, BBDO
2014 "Pot's Money Problem," Time Magazine, included artwork, January 27
"Top Money Advisers" Washingtonian Magazine, included art, November
"Art and Money" Robb Report Vietnam, cover image, Volume 6
2013 "The King of Cash," cover image, Pacific Standard Magazine, November
"M," Le Monde magazine supplement, included artwork, September 27
2012 Harvard Business Review Russia, cover image and included artwork, United Press
Metaphysiques du Dollar, by Malek Abbou, cover image, Fage Editions
The Baffler, No 19, included artwork, MIT press
Money Multiplier, NY lottery ad campaign, November 
2011 Paper Promises, by Philip Coggan, cover image, Penguin UK
2010 Fortune's Daughter, Bird Brain Press
Mr Handshake's Last Gasp (with Jeremy Schmall), X-ing Art
"Piece by Piece" essay for "C. K. Wilde, Tender" catalog, Pavel Zoubok Gallery
2009 Alphabet City, with Scott Teplin, X-ing Art
"The Capitalist Manifesto," cover essay by Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek, June 22
"Infinite Debt," essay by Thomas Geoghegan, Harpers Magazine, April
2007 Scream at the Librarian, with Joel Rane, Raymond Pettibon, and Cristin Sullivan, Booklyn Artists Alliance
The Slapdown, with Damara Kaminecki and Jeremy Schmall, Booklyn Artists Alliance
"Twenty questions poems," The Agriculture Reader Number 2 
2005 ABC (Another Booklyn Chapbook), Volume 1, with various artists
Tag, with Kathryn Gritt & Dylan Graham, Bird Brain Scriptorium
2004 Dylan Graham’s Library in a Book, Bird Brain Press
The Tragic Tale of Dan Foreman of Construction, with Dylan Graham, Bird Brain Press
"In This Together," essay, Turn a New Page Catalog, Booklyn
2003 A Revisioning of the Preamble, with Jen Benka, Booklyn Artists Alliance
IX XI MMI, with Mac McGill, Booklyn Artists Alliance
Souvenir, with Marshall Weber & Amy Mees, Booklyn Artists Alliance
2002 “If Libraries were Cafeterias”, short story, Link Magazine
Library in a Book (Seven Books in One), BirdBrain Press
2001 12/11, with Marshall Weber, Booklyn Artists Alliance
Japanese Vending Machines, with Kathryn Gritt, BirdBrain Press
Tag, BirdBrain Press
Professor Plumb and the Kissing Report, BirdBrain Press
The Fastener Incident, BirdBrain Press
The Man Who Married the Sky, BirdBrain Press
The Honey Broker, BirdBrain Press
Incident at the Butcher’s, BirdBrain Press
Printing Wheel, BirdBrain Press
2000 Fortune, with Scott Teplin, BirdBrain Press
Lvs., with Patrick Flynn, Ding Dang Press, Madison, WI
1999 “The Princess and the Pee”, review of the Madison Museum of Bathroom Tissue, Artzine Magazine, October
Cover Illustration, Progressive Magazine, February
1998 Smoke in My Dreams, BirdBrain Press, Madison, WI
“Stain”, a real review of an imagined show, Artzine Magazine, November
Cityscape, print, Published by Artzine Magazine, Madison, WI
1997 “What’s in a (Written) Name”, essay, Artzine Magazine, September
1996 Cover Illustration, Progressive Magazine, December
1994 Travel By Dancing, self-published, Madison, WI

2016 I'm Mark Wagner & I Approve this Message, Exhibition Catalog
"The Decapitation of George Washington" John Lundberg, Burning Issues, Oct
"Another Day, Another Dollar" Fine Living Lancaster, Issue 40
"Subverting Currency: Money, Art, and Message" Andrew Reinhard, ANS Magazine,
inclusion and cover image, 2016 Issue 2
2015 "Keep the Change," Harley Spiller, Princeton Arch. Press, frontispiece plus
State of the Art, exhibition catalog
2014 "Art That's Made of Money" CBS News Sunday Morning, March 23
2013 "Mark Wagner, Money Is Material" mini doc, P. F. Pictures / Avant Garde Diaries
"A Yen for Art", WSJ.Money Magazine, March 9
Money, Power, Sex, and Mark Wagner, exhibition catalog
2012 Remix: Selections from ICC, Exhibition Catalog
2011 "Mark Wagner: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" Lance Esplund, Wall Street Journal Metro NY, August 6th
"The Phantoms of Liberty" Howard Hurst, Hyperallergic, July 13
"The New Moneyed Art" Adrian Brune, Huffington Post, August 4
The Art Economist, feature and back cover, December 2011
Borders and Frontiers, exhibition catalog
Papercraft 2, Gestalten, Berlin 
2010 Size Does Matter, exhibition catalog
Face Value, exhibition catalog
2009 "Million Dollar Babies," Nicole Pasulka, The Morning News, April 6, 2009
"Mark Wagner: Fortune's Daughter," Francisco Vaz Fernandes, Parq, March 2009   
Wall Rockets, exhibition catalog
2008 My Portfolio, exhibition catalog
"Chuck Close as Curator", Lapiz Magazine, April 2008
“Mark Wagner: My Portfolio,” Art in America, December 2008
“Creative Accounting,” New City, April 17, 2008
“Cut-and-Paste, Then and Now”, The New York Sun, July 3, 2008
“Mark Wagner: My Portfolio”, Gallery Listing, The New York Observer, September 9, 2008
Attention to Detail, exhibition catalog
Messages & Magic, exhibition catalog
The Culture of Collage, exhibition catalog
2007 The Colonial Show, exhibition catalog
“Collages Go to College, And Behave Accordingly”, The New York Times, December 16, 2007
“Hang, Man,” Trader Monthly, September 2007
“Schein-Welten” Hauke Herffs, Maxim Fashion 2007
2006 “Money Changes Everything”, The New York Times, July 14, 2006
“Alternating Currency,” Museum and Gallery Listing, New York Times, September 29, 2006
Alternating Currency, exhibition catalog
The New Collage, exhibition catalog
2005 “Making Meaning”, Review Magazine, February 2005
Overlooked and Looked Over, show catalog
2003 “Booklyn: an artist defined aesthetic...”, Artist’s Book Yearbook, Impact Press, 2003
Hamady's Problems, show catalog
2000 Made in Book Land, show catalog
Artists Books, show catalog
1999 Supermarket II, show catalog
1997 “Mark Wagner, Would I Wood Eye”, Artzine Magazine, July, 1997
“WalmART: Slop Art wallows in consumer culture”, Isthmus, February 21, 1997
1996 "Well-Worn Text," Chicago Reader, November 29, 1996
1995 “Scavenger hunters”, Isthmus, July 14, 1995