American, B. 1976
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Yes, original collages are for sale. Business-card-size around $300. 4x6 inch for $1000-$2000. 12x16 inch for $6000-$9000.
And up from there. There are in between sizes. There are larger sizes. And there are much larger sizes.

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If you've budgeted more than a thousand dollars, you can get in touch with me directly and I'll try to help you spend your money. Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City holds most of my M, L, & XL inventory. If you are looking for something impressive you can contact Pavel or Kris there.

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.

not an energizing sports drink, just a selective and orderly listing of Mark Wagner's art-related pursuits to date: 2016

X-ing Books / X-ing Art: partner (2008-present)
Booklyn Artists Alliance: founder, president emeritus, publisher (1998-2016)
Ugly Duckling Press(e): board member (2011-2013)
International Collage Center: advisory board member (2011-2015)
BirdBrain Press: proprietor (1997-present)
Ruth Lingen: print and binding assistant (2000-2004)
Art Industry: designer (1998-2000)
State Historical Society of Wisconsin: paper conservator (1994-1996)

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

2016    I'm Mark Wagner and 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


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
2010    Resurrectine, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, NYC
            Size Does Matter, The 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, The 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


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
            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 Madison Museum of Bathroom Tissue, Artzine Magazine, Oct
            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

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, Aug 6
            "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
            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, The 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, exhibition catalog
2000    Made in Book Land, exhibition catalog
            Artists Books, exhibition catalog
1999    Supermarket II, exhibition 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