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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-06-08 11:03 PM
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50. You are most welcome, DearAbby.
Here's an antidote to the BFEE:

Inner Sanctum, the Pope and His Bankers C., 1959 1989,
Mark Lombardi, 1996, objekt, foto: Wolfgang Traeger


Posted By: billym <Send E-Mail>
Date: Thursday, 1 January 2004, 11:09 p.m.

Artist Works in the Realm of Conspiracy
Mark Lombardi, 19512000

A very odd kind of art exhibit is making a bit of a splash in both the art world and the world of conspiracy theories. The artist is the late Mark Lombardi whose works consist of charts or maps of connections between political groups, individuals, money sources and so on showing the complex relationships often pointed out by conspiracy theorists.

There was a minor recent scandal when one of Lombardi's works won a prize but the person who put up the prize retracted the money.

Here's a writeup of the artist from the website of Independent Curators International which is having an exhibit of his work:
    "Truly an artists artist, the Brooklyn-born Mark Lombardi (19512000) has been compared to Robert Smithson and Gordon Matta-Clark, in terms of the complexity of his work and the significant influence he has had. Lombardis drawings are visual narratives of the way money flows in our post-imperial, transnational economy: from corporations to political organizations, from individuals to various ad hoc groups, most of them acting outside of national boundaries and often outside the law. Using graphite and red pencil, and information culled from newspaper accounts, television, and other sources in the public domain, Lombardi developed a new type of history painting that maps the economic underpinnings of our global society. New York Times art critic Roberta Smith praised Lombardi for acting as an investigative reporter after the fact by delicately tracing the convoluted unfoldings of contemporary morality tales.

    "Because of its focus on often illegal and clandestine financial transactions, Lombardis work attains almost prophetic significance in todays current political and economic climate.

    "Charting patterns of exchange in the new global networks that have until now evaded visual description, these drawings dryly lyrical lines are dashed, dotted, or continuous, signifying different kinds of financial connections. The drawings have an almost musical quality, where density of (trans)action is indicated by clusters of lines and marks, visually punctuating the sheets of paper like carefully placed musical notations.

    "This retrospective consists of twenty-five of Lombardis works, beginning with a prescient piece from 1984 and then moving to the period 19942000; most of them are from the last three years of the artists life. The exhibition includes several monumental drawings as large as 54 x 140 inchesand part of the archive of several thousand index cards on which Lombardi recorded his research. It is accompanied by a videotaped interview from 1997, and an illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by curator Robert Hobbs, the Rhoda Thalhimer Endowed Chair of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University."


Using the net, the phone and each other: We must continue to spread the truth and the news.

Thank you infinitely for those infinitely kind words, my Friend.
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