CIA viewed modern art as a ‘weapon’ in the Cold War

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.”

“But look where this art ended up: in the marble halls of banks, in airports, in city halls, boardrooms and great galleries. For the Cold Warriors who promoted them, these paintings were a logo, a signature for their culture and system which they wanted to display everywhere that counted. They succeeded.”

via Modern art was CIA ‘weapon’ — The Independent.

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  1. Psychological operations (PSYOP) are more often than not, directed at Americans. Matthew Cecil, a communications professor, describes the control the press:

    The performance of supposedly first-rate FBI agents has been dismal time and again when the citizens of the US needed them most, including perhaps most notably the events of 1963:

    “Tales of the FBI’s infallible laboratory and army of honest and professional agents became part of popular culture.Thanks to mass media, the FBI was widely considered to be an indispensable government agency.”

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