Quote:Modern art was CIA 'weapon'Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/...78808.html
Revealed: how the spy agency used unwitting artists such as Pollock and de Kooning in a cultural Cold War
For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince - except that it acted secretly - the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.
The connection is improbable. This was a period, in the 1950s and 1960s, when the great majority of Americans disliked or even despised modern art - President Truman summed up the popular view when he said: "If that's art, then I'm a Hottentot." As for the artists themselves, many were ex- com- munists barely acceptable in the America of the McCarthyite era, and certainly not the sort of people normally likely to receive US government backing.
Why did the CIA support them? Because in the propaganda war with the Soviet Union, this new artistic movement could be held up as proof of the creativity, the intellectual freedom, and the cultural power of the US. Russian art, strapped into the communist ideological straitjacket, could not compete.
The existence of this policy, rumoured and disputed for many years, has now been confirmed for the first time by former CIA officials. Unknown to the artists, the new American art was secretly promoted under a policy known as the "long leash" - arrangements similar in some ways to the indirect CIA backing of the journal Encounter, edited by Stephen Spender.
Octo and I both studied art history in college, when we first met we talked at length about the pretentiousness of these so called "artists".
Pollock & de Kooning were monstrosities in my opinion, and throw in Christo; who is still working the movement like the old worn out whore that he is.
All of these so called "artists" did nothing but make me cringe, and were nothing short of a humiliating kick in the crotch for real artists and those that gravitated toward art history.
I'm so glad this came out - I'm not crazy after all, but rather, TPTB promoted insanity and once again, the sheep ate it up.
Eat your heart out Peggy Guggenheim - your BF sucked like the hokey architecture of your museum that houses his tasteless framed drop cloths.
If this isn't a slap in the face to the pretentious art world, what is? Bunch of fakes.