Arnold Mesches, "The FBI Files 16," 2001; mixed media collage on paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Gift of Jill Ciment, 2010.
Ever feel like someone is watching you? These ten artists sure did. From Picasso to O'Keeffe, artists over the years have had their own kind of paparazzi following in the form of very curious and slightly paranoid FBI agents.
Like the infamous Hollywood Ten, members of the artist community have experienced some trying relations with agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the years, having at times been accused of subversive activities and far left-leaning prerogatives. We've put together a slideshow of ten artists who grappled with the prying eye of G-men at some time or another. Check it out below and tell us what you think of these wily artists and their relationship with the FBI.
10 Artists with FBI Files
Correction: We spelled Georgia O'Keeffe's last name "O'Keefe" throughout the previous entry. We regret the error, and promise to consume more coffee to keep our eyes sharp next time.