cia support of abex?
Post #578 • July 12, 2005, 10:17 AM • 76 Comments
The American government undertook an ambitious effort to "spread the truth" and win the hearts and minds of the world away from the threat of Communism. One prong of this many-armed attack was supporting the nascent Abstract Expressionist movement. ... The Rockefeller-owned MOMA trumpeted the virtues of Abstract Expressionism, while Nelson Rockefeller purchased some 2,500 paintings to decorate his Chase Manhattan Banks. Meanwhile the Marshall Plan was instituted to "help" the Allies repay war debts, but it also meant that a certain amount of American products were allowed to be foisted on them. One of these products was Abstract Expressionism. The thinking was that if we could flood Europe with the grandeur and freedom of American culture, then the intellectuals of countries on the fence about Communism would be won over to our side. The CIA meanwhile exerted it's Operation Mockingbird influence with the media to further promote their agenda, the prime example of which is Jackson Pollack's famous spread in Life magazine, owned by Henry Luce - a Mockingbird-CIA asset.
Is this nuts, or is there something to this?