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Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy

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By Douglas Eklund and Ian Alteveer with contributions by Meredith A. Brown, John Miller, Kathryn Olmsted, and Beth Saunders

Since the mid-twentieth century, conspiracy has pervaded our collective worldview, shaped by events such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran-Contra affair, and 9/11. Everything Is Connected examines how artists from the 1960s to the present have explored both the covert operations of power and the mutual suspicion between governments and their citizens. Featured are works by some thirty artists—including Sarah Charlesworth, Emory Douglas, Hans Haacke, Rachel Harrison, Jenny Holzer, Mike Kelley, Mark Lombardi, Cady Noland, Trevor Paglen, Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw, and Sue Williams—in media ranging from painting, drawing, and photography to video and installation art. Whether they uncover webs of deceit hidden in the public record or dive headlong into paranoid fever dreams, these artists use their work to take a powerful and proactive stance against the political corruption, consumerism, bureaucracy, and media manipulation that are hallmarks of contemporary life.

Douglas Eklund is Curator, Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Ian Alteveer is Aaron I. Fleischman Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Everything Is Connected has won a Silver Award in the Popular Culture Category of the Foreword Book of the Year Award.

By Douglas Eklund and Ian Alteveer with contributions by Meredith A. Brown, John Miller, Kathryn Olmsted, and Beth Saunders

Since the mid-twentieth century, conspiracy has pervaded our collective worldview, shaped by events such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran-Contra affair, and 9/11. Everything Is Connected examines how artists from the 1960s to the present have explored both the covert operations of power and the mutual suspicion between governments and their citizens. Featured are works by some thirty artists—including Sarah Charlesworth, Emory Douglas, Hans Haacke, Rachel Harrison, Jenny Holzer, Mike Kelley, Mark Lombardi, Cady Noland, Trevor Paglen, Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw, and Sue Williams—in media ranging from painting,...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 196
  • Illustrations: 222 in full color
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 9'' x 10 1/2''
  • ISBN: 9781588396594
Editorial Reviews

"The catalog has several fine essays, including one by Mr. Miller that outlines the persistence of conspiratorial thinking in American history, with the Masons in the 19th century and many groups after identified as malevolent powers that secretly rule our lives." 
      —Richard B. Woodward, Wall Street Journal

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