Mark Beard, World Dominiation Globe
World Domination Globe
Mark Beard, Propaganda: European Dictator
Propaganda: European Dictator
Mark Beard, Dictator Wallpaper
Dictator Wallpaper
Mark Beard, Executive Dictaotr Throne
Executive Dictator Throne
Mark Beard, Favorite Dictator Throw
Favorite Dictator Throw
Mark Beard, Propaganda: Tropical Dictator
Propaganda: Tropical Dictator
Mark Beard, Ideology Flag and Stand
Ideology Flag with Stand
Mark Beard, Dictator Portrait
Dictator Portrait
Mark Beard, Ideology Bookcase Treasure Coffer
Ideology Bookcase with detachable Treasure Coffer
Mark Beard, Antisemitism Vase
Antisemitism Vase
Mark Beard, America/Arabia Bookends
America/Arabia Bookends
Mark Beard, Dictator Shells
Dictator Shells
Mark Beard, Ideology Flag
Ideology Flag
Mark Beard, Wife/Mistress Portrait
Wife/Mistress Portrait
Mark Beard, Favorite Dictator's Wife/Mistress Piillow
Favorite Dictator’s Wife/Mistress Pillow
Mark Beard, Favorite Dictator Pillow
Favorite Dictator Pillow
Mark Beard, Prestige Dictator Sofa
Prestige Dictator Sofa
Mark Beard, Fallen Hero Statue
Fallen Hero Memorial Statue
Mark Beard, Seduction of Power
Seduction of Power
Mark Beard, Favorite Dictator's Wife/Mistress Tote
Favorite Dictator’s Wife/Mistress Tote
Mark Beard, Favorite Dictator Tote
Favorite Dictator Tote
Mark Beard, A Man Could Die
A Man Could Die Vase
Mark Beard, Candelabra
Mark Beard, Prestige Executive Ceremony Table
Prestige Executive Ceremony Table
Mark Beard, Prestige Dictator Rug
Prestige Dictator Rug
Gracious Dictator Installation 1
Installation Image
Gracious Dictator Installation 2
Installation Image Two
Gracious Dictator Installation 3
Installation Image Three

October 23 – November 22, 2008

Opening Reception: October 23, 2008, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

ClampArt is pleased to announce “Gracious Dictator: The Seduction of Power,” an installation by artist Mark Beard.

In honor of the November Presidential election, Mark Beard has transformed ClampArt’s gallery space into an elegant showroom of high-end home furnishings for the world’s most discerning dictators.

Such items for sale include the “Ideology Bookcase.” This handsome piece of fine furniture is ideal for the storage, protection, and display of every dictator’s favorite titles, such as Benito Mussolini’s autobiography; On Guerilla Warfare by Mao Tse-tung; or “The New York Times” bestseller, Get Anyone To Do Anything by David J. Lieberman (all of which will be available for browsing during the exhibition). The bookcase includes hidden storage for cash and tools of torture, in addition to a detachable casket for use in times of need.

Merchandise such as flags and an intricately woven rug all bear a special insignia designed by Beard which is an amalgam of the US dollar sign, a swastika, and the hammer and sickle. However, customers are welcome to replace this with their own symbol of power. Orders then will be placed with our factory, and items will be available in just six to eight weeks’ time.

A series of paintings, throw pillows, and tote bags decorated with portraits of history’s most memorable dictators are also part of the installation. Franco, Mao, Stalin, or Hussein—all are available for sale. In addition, these items can be acquired with portraits of these famous dictators’ wives or mistresses, including Imelda Marcos, Eva Braun, and of course, the elegant Eva Perón.

Acknowledging the parallels of the seduction of advertising and lifestyle to that of power and terror, Beard has constructed a cynical yet relevant environment critical of our own aspirations and values.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1956, Mark Beard is a well established artist living in New York City with artworks in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many, many others.

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