The Cold War between the West and the Eastern bloc of communist nations was fought at many levels, including cultural. The work of American abstract expressionist artists of the mid-twentieth century for instance, was advanced and promoted to exemplify or symbolize freedoms injoyed in the United States as opposed to the repressions of communist regimes, in particular the Soviet Union. Peter Dykhuis and Adrian Göllner draw upon the phenomenon of modernist abstract art used as camouflage for the advancement of political agendas outside the purview of the aesthetic. In their work, it is a central point of both reference and response. Recent work by both artists that explores the encoding of abstraction will be shown in relation to select works of mid-twentieth century abstract art held in the Permanent Collection of the RMG - paintings by the likes of Jack Bush, Harold Town, and Serge Tousignant.