The abstract expressionism pioneered by Jackson Pollock may look random, but they actually reveal a surprisingly deep knowledge of fluid dynamics and the relationship between gravity and viscosity. Turns out Pollock had a seriously deep intuition for physics.
The most vivid icons of Cold War militarism—the ever-looming destruction that could be unleashed—are usually a mushroom cloud or gleaming ICBM. But we should count Jackson Pollock, too. The CIA spent millions weaponizing modern art against Russia.