This intriguing exhibition catalogue reveals how artists since the s have used their work to oppose political corruption, bureaucracy, and media manipulation. For the last fifty years, artists have explored the hidden operations of power and the symbiotic suspicion between the government and its citizens that haunts Western democracies. Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy is the first major exhibition to tackle this perennially provocative topic. It traces the simultaneous development of two kinds of art about conspiracy. The first half of the exhibition comprises works by artists who hew strictly to the public record, uncovering hidden webs of deceit—from the shell corporations used by New York's largest private landlord, interconnected networks encompassing politicians, businessmen, and arms dealers.
Conspiracy Theory | Frieze
Buy Issue The book presented a picture of an entire society intoxicated by suspicion, of a mass delirium stretching all the way from the squalid hippie hash dens of Westbourne Grove to Downing Street and the Oval Office. Its title? Indeed, blanket internet surveillance and data farming have created a new reality in which Orwellian ideas of a society under total observation actually seem scarily apposite. These developments have not, of course, been lost on the art world. In timely fashion, the Met Breuer in New York has mounted Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy, an exhibition exploring the ways in which artists have reacted to societal paranoia and shadowy institutional intrigues.
Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy
Its regard for the violence that conspiracy believers may commit feels especially urgent this week, after a terrorist who was convinced George Soros was masterminding a national Muslim takeover walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and assassinated 11 mostly elderly Jews. And its suggestion that conspiracy is the animus of American public life — and, thus, a natural subject for American artists — lands with particular force as we all swim in the daily flood of half-truths and dubious theories from the First Twitter Account. They understand its baffling flights into unreason; they see past the wild connections to the human frailty that inspires them.
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