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Interlock: Art, Conspiracy, and the Shadow Worlds of Mark Lombardi

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Original Language: English | 356 pp. | October 2015

2 Seas Represents: Dutch, French, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish.

HISTORY | POLITICS | ART

Where Shadow Banking meets Organized Crime meets the Intelligence Community which ultimately meets Texas/Saudi oil interests.

In the fateful month of March 2000, shortly after opening a hugely successful gallery show in New York, the hugely ambitious conceptual artist Mark Lombardi was found hanged in his studio, an apparent suicide. With museums lining up to buy his work, and the fame he had sought relentlessly at last within his reach, speculation about whether his death was suicide or murder titillated the art world. Lombardi’s spidery and sophisticated drawings, which straddle the line between art and information, visually describe the evolution of the shadow-banking industry from decades-old alliances between banking, organized crime, and intelligence agencies. His work may have made him unique in art history as the only artist whose primary subject, the CIA, turned around and studied him and his artwork.
Lombardi was an enigma who was at once a compulsive truth-teller and a cunning player of the art game, a political operative and a stubborn independent, a serious artist and a Merry Prankster, a meta physician if not a scientist.
Exhaustively researched, this is the first comprehensive biography of this immensely contradictory and brilliantly original artist whose pervasive influence in not only the art world, but also in the world of computer science and cyber-security is only now coming to light.

Patricia Goldstone has been a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and has written for the Washington Post, Maclean’s, and the Economist Intelligence Unit, among others. She is the author of Making the World Safe for Tourism (Yale University Press, 2001), and of Aaronsohn’s Maps (Houghton Mifflin 2007) and is an award-winning playwright.