Modern Art Was A CIA Weapon In The Cold War

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In the 1950s and '60s, modern art from the likes of Jackson Pollack and Mark Rothko were not yet too popular-but it was about to be. During the Cold War, the CIA secretly created foundations that would display abstract expressionist art from artists like Jackson Pollack, Clyfford Still, and Mark Rothko in global exhibitions. The artists had no idea the US government was behind this act, an act that perhaps would be the thing to propel these artists to fame. The US thought this work waged "psychological warfare" on the Soviet Union, and that is represented the United States as the haven for cultural freedom and freedom of expression.