Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Chimpanzee can, chimpanzee do

It’s now well known that OTN readers can’t get enough of stories related to chimpanzees bending their skills to the art thing (god only knows we've imposed a few rules and even tried to call a stop to it, but new material just keeps on turning up from OTN readers around the globe). This time it’s the story of Peter who not only painted but also got caught up in a scam to demean chimpanzees as respected members of the art community. You can read the full story here but basically it’s: Swedish chimpanzee Peter gets name changed to Pierre Brassau, paints pictures, paintings are sold in gallery, people are fooled ('Brassau paints with powerful strokes, but also with clear determination'), hoax is revealed. That is all.

Images: Top, Peter. Bottom Peter’s art (Thanks P)