“Why did the CIA support [modern artists]? 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.”
You never know what the CIA’s up to and this Independent article tells the story of how the organization secretly funded modern art from legendary artists such as Jackson Pollock for more than 20 years starting in the 1950s.
Despite a political climate that hated the new artistic style, the CIA viewed it as a “weapon” it could use against Russia and a way to showcase the creative freedom of the United States. How they went about secretly funding and legitimizing it is quite a story.