The Abstract Art Collection the CIA Built

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The Abstract Art Collection the CIA Built

by The Art Newspaper, 26 July 2013

In the 1990s, a long held suspicion was confirmed: the US Central Intelligence Agency secretly sent Abstract Expressionism and other forms of American art and music abroad in the 1950s and 1960s as part of a propaganda campaign to assert American cultural dominance in the Cold War era.

The first chief of the CIA division spearheading that campaign stated why the operation had to be clandestine: It was very difficult to get Congress to go along with some of the things we wanted to dosend art abroad In order to encourage openness we had to be secret.

The most thorough recreation to date of that doomed project can be seen in Art Interrupted: Advancing

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