Nine Very Charitable Men
AUGUST–SEPTEMBER 2004Their corporations have given large amounts of cash in support of the arts—in some cases as much as $85.3 million. Now Rob Conger pays homage, in the form of latch-hook rug portraits, to the nine CEO’s of the most philanthropic companies in 2001. Like a Velazquez for the 21st century, Conger immortalizes these men, trading oil paint for oil-based acrylic yarn.
In the end, Conger is making a blatant effort to sell each of these portraits in the hope that the proceeds can fund the creation of a larger rug to be offered as a donation to Bob Ulrich, CEO of Target, the most philanthropic company in 2002 according to Forbes. This will serve as thanks and recognition for Ulrich¿s part in his organization’s philanthropic efforts, turning the typical structure of patron/artist on its head.
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