Recreating the CIA's "top secret" abstract painting collection


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#2

FTL: “Why Does the CIA Keep Its Art Collection Secret?”

Because f**k you even though you (over)paid for it, that’s why.


#3

In the 1980s… Vincent Melzac donated 29 abstract paintings from the Washington Color School to the CIA… but when asked for details about them, the CIA goes mum, claiming that the paintings are top secret.

Melzac is a genius. This is the coolest piece of performance art I’ve ever seen!


#4

the only logical explanation, really.


#5

Well, look at the paintings and all the dots. No wonder they’re secret.
JUST CONNECT ALL THE DOTS!
It all makes sense now…
JFK … the Federal Reserve … Nicaragua … PewDiePie …
I understand it all, now. Thank you!


#6

Huh. I would have guessed the CIA would lean more toward Surrealism than Abstract Modernism.


#7

Shouldn’t the tomato-about-to-impact be rotten, not green?


#8

it’s an apple.

it’s floating, not being thrown. something Magritte was known for

i like your interpretation, though


#9

Dats one hell of a surname you got there, bruv. It’s…catchy.


#10

A: Because they hate American democracy so much that they cannot pass any opportunity to spite it, no matter how pointless.


#11

why would you not want to give details - well if someone took them home, then you don’t want to say because then they have to give it back. Or if they gave them away to someone, if you give painting X by Artist Y to person whose organization you want to infiltrate you don’t want the information that painting X by Artist Y is owned by the CIA.


#12

Ceci n’est pas un warrant


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In the 1980s, “controversial Republican art collector” Vincent Melzac donated 29 abstract paintings from the Washington Color School to the CIA, which now hang on the Agency’s walls, but when asked for details about them, the CIA goes mum, claiming that the paintings are top secret.

So…no great loss then.


#14

It could be worse.
It could be concrete paintings.


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They have reasons, it’s all explained here (some sections redacted for National Security purposes):


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an artistic abstract art abstract


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