Stephen Barnwell’s Bailout for America

posted by
Filed under: Creative Activism, Political Pranks

Submitted by artist Stephen Barnwell:


Bailout for America
Artist Gives $535 Trillion to Stimulate Economy

[New York, NY] In light of these desperate economic times, New York-based artist Stephen Barnwell has given the United States of America an aid package worth an estimated $535 Trillion. On July 4th, this massive stimulus package was given directly to Congress with each and every US Senator and Representative receiving his or her own One Trillion banknote. It is Barnwell’s intention that they will serve as constant reminders of the true value of a trillion dollars, and of where our nation’s money is coming from.

In just the first year of this administration, Congress has spent over five times the entire cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars combined. To pay for this, our government is borrowing trillions from China, Japan, and other creditor nations desperate to float their biggest customer. Congress is literally printing new money to pay for their extravagant bailouts. Following the example of our Congress, Stephen Barnwell printed his own money to bail out America. Each of Barnwell’s banknotes is a limited edition fine art print with a unique serial number, individually printed and hand finished by the artist.

Stephen Barnwell’s artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the Unites States and Europe, including the Palais de Tokyo Contemporary Art Museum in Paris, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in California, and the Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York City. Mr. Barnwell’s prints are in private collections in all fifty US states as well as in fifty-one countries around the globe. A complete set of his political moneyart prints is in the permanent collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles.

For more information, visit here.