The Independent (UK) reports on recently revealed information that the CIA promoted American avant garde art as a tool for cold war propaganda in the 1950’s. Claiming to have information from “former CIA officials that the “CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years,” writer Frances Stonor Saunders goes on to admit how improbable it seems, given that many of the artists whose works were (unwittingly) used as anti-Soviet propaganda were or had been communists, and shows how, ironically, it was the American public’s rejection of avant garde works that forced the government to promote them clandestinely, rather than openly.
also by Bill Davenport
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