Thursday, October 16, 2014


Fair usage of PH-401 by Clyfford Still, 1957, oil on canvas. Although 
sui generis, Still's work can be said to be exemplary of color field Abstract 
Expressionism in the 1950s. In fact, Still is the only color field abstract 
expressionist I liked because the color fields seemed organic, like cowhide.

Check out this astonishing article, click LINK. According to the U.K. Independent, America's Central Intelligence Agency actively promoted color field Abstract Expressionist/modern art in the 1950s as subliminal anti-communist propaganda. Our CIA sought to stem the associations of artists and writers, a left-leaning bunch, from out and out defections to the Communist Party with concomitant loss of American culture dignity.

Wowza!! No wonder this 1950s baby liked Clyfford Still! And I wish governments still supported the arts (even if for the wrong reasoning.) Fostering the arts would be proof of a government's humanity, intellect and creativity promoting problem-solving in all walks of life. Because it's a 2-way street, that. Overall as my friend Leslie Jacobs wrote in response, "Nothing is as it seems...God bless the spooks!"

  Oddly, I found this article on a Facebook Pre-Raphaelites page...

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