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    Re: Modern art was CIA 'weapon'

    Quote Originally Posted by Dibbler View Post
    Back in my College days I liked to think that modern art was sort of a commie thing. After all, filling public spaces with meaningless art is one of the planks. Surprising, (not), to find our own CIA pushing the modernist art form in order to fight international communism, or so this article states.

    President Truman summed up the popular view when he said: "If that's art, then I'm a Hottentot."

    Modern art was CIA 'weapon' - World - News - The Independent
    Yeah maybe.

    It may be possible even probable that the CIA did this but so what ?

    As it turns out they did not have to do it much.

    I was recently reading a book about money laundering and the chapter on art was one of the surprising parts. Many experts in money laundering have used art galleries and investments to move ill gotten money into legitimate accounts. If you have illegally acquired money such as from drug sales, one way to move it is to paint some crappy art and put it on display in a low end unpopular art gallery. Then pay some whiny art students at the local college to go buy it for ridiculous prices.

    Apparently this sort of thing is done far more often than most realize and is a tough one for the police to track. It also explains why there is so much crappy art in the world.

    Seems like the CIA may have wasted it's time.

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    Re: Modern art was CIA 'weapon'

    22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."

    23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

    Communist Goals - 1963 Congressional Record

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