Alexander Smith
Foundation
1997
Cigarettes, tobacco, cartons, pannel.
33" x 63" x 3"
When gold was not discovered (surprise) in the swamps of Virginia in the 1600s, the USA’s early founding fathers turned to cultivation of one of the semi-native plants. Tobacco became a “cash crop” and through taxes levied turned out 1/3 of government revenue for the young country for 300 years. Its obvious lures and vices aside, this product is forever linked with American wealth and culture. In the late 1990s the U.S. government put the tobacco companies on trial for misleading the public, which I found insanely ironic.
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