Saturday, December 29, 2012

COULD IT BE TRUE, THE CIA AND MODERN ART?

MODERN ART AND THE CIA


Rothko   from google image

I just read a fascinating article on the involvement of the Central Intelligent Agency with the Modern Art Movement.  Names like Motherwell, de Kooning, Rothko, and others are mentioned.  It seems though it has been a rumor for many years it might just be true.  During the Cold War the American government was intent on showing creativity and intellectual freedom of artists that were controlled and punished in the Russian Socialist Regime.  So it is evidently now a fact that the CIA supported and promoted Modern Art world wide for many years.  The article is a good read and may interest you, as it did me.  Just click on the title Modern Art and the CIA and it will take you to the link for the full article.

"The decision to include culture and art in the US Cold War arsenal was taken as soon as the CIA was founded in 1947. Dismayed at the appeal communism still had for many intellectuals and artists in the West, the new agency set up a division, the Propaganda Assets Inventory, which at its peak could influence more than 800 newspapers, magazines and public information organisations. They joked that it was like a Wurlitzer jukebox: when the CIA pushed a button it could hear whatever tune it wanted playing across the world."   Independent News

de Kooning  google image
Motherwell     from google
Jackson Pollock 


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