True Lies

A new show explores art in the age of Stephen Colbert

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Phantom Truck, 2007 by Inigo Manglano-Ovalle is a life-size model of a mobile weapons lab that never materialized in Iraq. Accompanied article "True Lies: A new show explores art in the age of Stephen Colbert". Image by Barbara Sax / AFP / Getty Images

When he rolled out the word truthiness in 2005, Stephen Colbert applied it first to things like the slippery justifications offered by the Bush Administration for the invasion of Iraq. But in a world of reality TV, staged photo ops and any marriage involving Kim Kardashian, truthiness turned out to offer a way to think about all kinds of things. It was a term as widely useful as authenticity. Maybe more so.

This is the idea behind "More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness" a sly new exhibition at Site Santa Fe through Jan. 6. The premise of the show--the...

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