the signs as famous artists
  • aries:jackson pollock (rebellious, wild, bohemian)
  • taurus:henri matisse (simple, modern, radiant)
  • gemini:piet mondrian (striking, analytical, strong)
  • cancer:michelangelo (romantic, remarkable, versatile)
  • leo:andy warhol (visionary, optimistic, light)
  • virgo:leonardo da vinci (classic, strict, technical)
  • libra:georgia o'keeffe (smooth, bright, balanced)
  • scorpio:frida kahlo (mysterious, bold, beautiful)
  • sagittarius:pablo picasso (strange, exciting, different)
  • capricorn:mark rothko (refined, definite, composed)
  • aquarius:salvador dali (odd, soulful, deep)
  • pisces:vincent van gogh (melancholic, interesting, blurry)
Modern art was CIA 'weapon'

For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince - except that it acted secretly - the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.

Jackson Pollock ~ “Number 8”, 1949

It has been suggested that Jackson Pollock was influenced by Native American sand paintings, made by trickling thin lines of colored sand onto a horizontal surface. It was not until 1947 that Pollock began his “action” paintings, influenced by Surrealist ideas of  “psychic automatism” (direct expression of the unconscious). Pollock would fix his canvas to the floor and drip paint from a can using a variety of objects to manipulate the paint. Jackson  Pollock wanted an end to the viewer’s search for representational elements in his paintings, thus he abandoned titles and started numbering the paintings instead. Of this, Pollock commented: “…look passively and try to receive what the painting has to offer and not bring a subject matter or preconceived idea of what they are to be looking for.” Pollock’s wife, Lee Krasner, said Pollock “used to give his pictures conventional titles… but now he simply numbers them. Numbers are neutral. They make people look at a picture for what it is - pure painting.” <source>