The United States Air Force Art Collection

ESPIONART has previously reported on the art collections of some unlikely American institutions, including the NASA Art Program, the Navy Art Collection and the DIA Military Art Collection. Another to add to that list is the United States Air Force Art Collection, which was created in 1950, just as the Cold War was beginning to heat up. Soon afterwards the USAF Art Program was also founded, … Continue reading The United States Air Force Art Collection

The Military Art of US Defense

In the last two decades of the Cold War, a secretive programme was operating in the United States to produce works of ‘military art’. Between 1965 and 1989 artists employed as ‘visual information specialists’ worked in the Illustrations Department of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to produce over 1,000 paintings and drawings. The DIA, a combat support agency for the US Department of Defense, employed … Continue reading The Military Art of US Defense

What & Where: Oxford’s Military Murals

What: Murals by servicemen of the United States Air Force Where: RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, UK (now closed) Oxford Archaeology recently announced the launch of a project to record the Cold War paintings on the internal walls of former airbase, RAF Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire. The majority of the artwork was created by American servicemen, who were stationed there between 1950 and 1991. The soldiers … Continue reading What & Where: Oxford’s Military Murals