CURIOSA: CELEBRITY RELICS, HISTORICAL FOSSILS, & OTHER METAMORPHIC RUBBISH METAMORPHIC RUBBISH
Curiosa: Celebrity Relics, Historical Fossils, & Other Metamorphic Rubbish
If you think we have an unhealthy obsession with the minutiae of fame, well, we’re not the ones with a vial of Sylvester Stallone’s urine. In fact, we’re amateurs compared with Benes — a New York artist and pack rat who, in addition to Rambo’s leavings, catalogs and photographs such morbidly notable flotsam as Brad Pitt’s cigarette butt and Larry Hagman’s gallstone. But this disarmingly elegant picture book isn’t limited to Tinseltown ephemera. To Benes’ eye, a laminated press pass to the execution of Timothy McVeigh is given the same iconic weight as a communion wafer from JFK Jr.’s funeral and a shard of glass from Princess Di’s fatal car crash. Tasteless? And how. But Curiosa is also a riveting glimpse of celebrity obsession taken to its most logical — and ghoulish — extreme.