Diego Pollock Essay

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Pollock battled acute alcoholism. He worked for the WPA during the Great Depression. His work became highly publicized (Life). He enjoyed the work of Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco (American Decades). At one time, he was a “communist of sorts” (Sylvester 398). Diego Rivera was affiliated with the communist party. (Block) Orozco, while not a communist, was friends with many. (Wye 125)
Pollock was a proponent of Abstract Expressionism, and his untraditional art style made him the subject of ridicule. He developed a style known as “Drip art” (Life) He emphasized the art piece as having a life of its own (Life). He laid down his canvas and walked on it, being physically involved in the painting process (Life). His work is nearly impossible to imitate and create forgeries of (NGA Pollock Feature).
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The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 (Petras). They were not initially authorized to collect secret intelligence (Petras). The National Security Council soon expanded the role of the C.I.A. to include, among other things, propaganda and “support of indigenous anti-communist elements in threatened countries of the free world” (Gaddis 162-163). Their activities were to be directed so “that if uncovered the US Government can plausibly disclaim any responsibility for them” (Gaddis 163).
The Congress for Cultural Freedom was an anti-communist group (Joffe). It was founded in 1950 (“Origins of the Congress for Cultural Freedom”). The CIA played a fundamental role in the creation of the group (“Origins of the Congress for Cultural Freedom”). One of its goals was to show that liberal democracy was compatible with culture more than communism (“Origins of the Congress for Cultural Freedom”). Many artists, especially abstract expressionists, were linked with this organization such as Pollock (Joffe). Many members were unaware that the CIA financed this group

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