Paranoia is one of the overarching themes of this election season, so it seems fitting that this weekend’s Art and Design Film Fest would acknowledge our collective fears with a German-made documentary about Mark Lombardi. The artist’s work now auctions for six figures, but shortly after 9/11 the most interested collectors were the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. That’s because Lombardi’s pencil drawings are insanely intricate webs tracing the real-life connections between governments, banks, drug cartels and arms manufacturers. Works with titles like “Banco Nazionale del Lavoro, Reagan, Bush, Thatcher, and the Arming of Iraq, c. 1979-1990 (4th version)” are now owned by the Museum of Modern Art.
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