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Modern Art: A CIA plot?

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Short answer: no, but a great clickbait title. Long answer: it’s possible that the CIA promoted abstract expressionism as an expression of soft power, meant to contrast the individualism of American artists with the realism of Soviet-approved art.

Either way, I’m thinking that those philosophers of art who attempt to define art really err when they failed to include “sponsored by the CIA” as one of their criteria…

Image credit: “Flag” (1955) by Jasper Johns at MoMA, photo by Nathan Laurell via Flickr

One thought on “Modern Art: A CIA plot?

  1. Hmm. A reverse-Folk Soda.

    I imagine that an enterprising scholar could perhaps shed some additional light by combing through Greenberg and Rosenberg’s tax filings…

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