A reminder that, conspiracy theories aside, the CIA does seek to embody and shape the American culture to advance its secret intelligence mission.
“It’s more politically significant than it appears,” says Hyperallergic, “and there are still unanswered questions.”
Jackson Pollock’s Cold War
Some of the best minds in Langley thought so reports The Independent. Read more
Jackson Pollak’s Cold War
First, came convincing proof that the the University of Iowa creative writing program benefited from funding by the CIA.
Now, says the U.K. Independent, modern art was a “weapon” deployed by the agency, and interviews with a couple of retired CIA men confirm the claim.
“Would Abstract Expressionism have been the dominant art movement of the post-war years without this patronage? The answer is probably yes. Equally, it would be wrong to suggest that when you look at an Abstract Expressionist painting you are being duped by the CIA.”