It is believed that modern art such as works by the revolutionary artists like Pollock and de Kooning was used as Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) weapon during the Cold War. Discover how the secretive spy agency utilizes these modern art pieces as we unwittingly reveal in this article.
This conspiracy theory has been going around among the art circles for decades already but now, the said “rumor” or joke is a confirmed fact already. The CIA utilized American modern art works which includes the masterpieces of the likes of Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Modern art was used as a weapon in the Cold War and the agency promoted and fostered the American Abstract Expressionist work of arts and paintings all over the world for more than 20 years already in a discreet and secret manner.
During the period of 1950s and 1960s, a great portion of Americans despised and disliked the modern art that was surfacing in the art scene. The former president, President Truman, even was hesitant at the blooming modern arts. He even said that if modern art is considered as an art then he is a Hottentot just to relay his disbelief over the development of the modern art during that time.
The artists of modern art were usually ex-communists. They were the least people to receive any support from the United States government and was in fact they were barely accepted in America during the McCarthyite era. So why then did CIA support the modern art movement? This is because during the propaganda war against the Soviet Union, modern art was used as an evidence of creativity, intellectual independence and freedom as well as cultural prowess of the US and thus Russia could not compete with it. Russian art during those times was secured on its communist ideologies.