Lombardi, Mark (US) - Inner Sanctum, Pope & His Bankers Michele Sindona & Roberto Calvi 1959-1982, Detail
Mark Lombardi, an artist whose elegant, minutely detailed diagrams of political and financial scandals brought a distinctive voice to late Conceptualism, was found hanged in his loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Wednesday evening, the police said. He was 48.
A spokesman for the 90th Precinct in Williamsburg said that a autopsy had been ordered by the medical examiner.
As an artist, Mr. Lombardi was an unusual case: a late bloomer who developed his mature style after the age of 40, but who was experiencing the rapid ascent of a younger artist.
One of his large drawings, an airy composition of small circles and crisscrossing arced lines that resembled rose windows or fanciful architectural rendering, is included in the ”Greater New York” exhibition at P.S. 1 in Long Island City.
Mr. Lombardi’s interest in presenting pure information qualified him as a Conceptual artist, but in many ways he was an investigative reporter after the fact.
He liked to say that his drawings were probably best understood by the newspaper reporters who had covered the scandals he diagrammed.