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exhibitions

Mark Lombardi: Global Networks

  • Mark Lombardi: Global Networks, installation view, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2004.

  • Mark Lombardi: Global Networks, installation view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, 2003.

  • Mark Lombardi, Oliver North, Lake Resources of Panama, and the Iran-Contra Operation, ca. 1984–86 (4th Version), 1999.

  • Mark Lombardi: Global Networks, installation view, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 2003.

  • Mark Lombardi: Global Networks, installation view, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 2003.

  • Mark Lombardi: Global Networks, installation view, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2004.

  • Mark Lombardi: Global Networks, installation view, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2004.

Curated by Robert Hobbs

Mark Lombardi (1951–2000) has been compared to Robert Smithson and Gordon Matta-Clark, in terms of the conceptual power of his work and its widespread influence. His 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 Michael Kimmelman described these drawings as “delicate spider webs of scandal” that “can be seen as a metaphor for the elusiveness of truth that was Lombardi’s real subject.”


Lombardi’s work attains almost prophetic significance in today’s current political and economic climate. “At some point in my development,” he wrote, “I began to reject reductivist approaches in favor of one capable of evoking the complexity, venality, and occasional brutality of the times.” Charting patterns of exchange in the new global networks that have until now evaded visual description, the drawings’ dryly lyrical lines are dashed, dotted, or continuous, signifying different kinds of clandestine financial connections. Each work has 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 Lombardi’s works, beginning with a prescient piece from 1984 and 
then moving to the period
1994–2000; most of them are
from the last three years of 
the artist’s life. The exhibition includes several monumental drawings—as large as 54 x 140 inches—and part of the archive of 14,500 index cards on which Lombardi recorded his research.

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curator

Robert Hobbs

Robert Hobbs has written widely on modern and contemporary art, including extended essays on David Altmejd, Keith Haring, Richard Jackson, Jonathan Lasker, Robert Longo, Sterling Ruby, Yinka Shonibare, Frank Stella, Tavares Strachan, Kara Walker, Kelley Walker, John Wesley, and Kehinde Wiley, among others.  His monographs have focused on such artists as Milton Avery, Alice Aycock, Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, Mark Lombardi, Robert Motherwell, Beverly Pepper, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Robert Smithson.

Hobbs served a curator for the American (Smithson, 1981) and the Bahamas (Tavares Strachan, 2013) Pavilions at the Venice Biennale and the American Representation at the São Paulo Bienal (Kara Walker, 2002). He has curated exhibitions at major museum in the U.S. and abroad.  Academic positions include Associate Professor, Cornell University; long-time Visiting Professor, Yale University; and Thalhimer Endowed Chair, Virginia Commonwealth University.


artists


touring schedule

Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee, WI, United States
January 15, 2005 - April 10, 2005

Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA, United States
June 18, 2004 - August 1, 2004

Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery
Syracuse, NY, United States
April 27, 2004 - June 4, 2004

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA, United States
January 17, 2004 - April 4, 2004

The Drawing Center
New York, NY, United States
November 1, 2003 - November 1, 2003

Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, United States
September 5, 2003 - October 22, 2003

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
Cleveland, OH, United States
May 30, 2003 - August 17, 2003

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY, United States
January 25, 2003 - March 16, 2003

Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Canada
January 28, 1998 - April 22, 1998


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