Gut Rumbles

June 21, 2005

monkey shines

Modern art always has confused me. Most of it looks like pure crapola to my tasteless eyes. If I could piss paint, I'm pretty sure that I could create a masterpiece.

I'm even more convinced that modern art is bullshit after reading this article.

Monkey business proved to be lucrative Monday when paintings by Congo the chimpanzee sold at auction for more than $25,000.

The three abstract, tempera paintings were auctioned at Bonhams in London alongside works by impressionist master Renoir and pop art provocateur Andy Warhol.

But while Warhol's and Renoir's work didn't sell, bidders lavished attention on Congo's paintings.

25 Large for a dead monkey's paintings. Bejus!


Were the buyers monkeys also? I decidd some years back that what passes for art now is shit--literally.

Posted by: GUYK on June 21, 2005 05:04 PM

Once had a college roommate get two paintings into a juried art fair at our college.

He created these masterpieces by jamming paintbrushes between the toes of his bare feet and painting. For inspiration, as he "created" he got drunk and watched scooby doo reruns.

So nah, this ain't surprising.

Posted by: 2BrixShy on June 21, 2005 05:17 PM

There was a great SF story years ago (The Great Pat Boom by Damon Knight), about aliens who came to Earth and started buying up cow pies. This created an artificially inflated market for the most "beautiful" and "well-formed" cow turds - which lasted until the day the aliens left, whereupon plenty of people were stuck holding a lot of "inventory."

People can be complete idiots. All it takes is money.

Posted by: Elisson on June 21, 2005 06:15 PM

Abstract expressionism is representational art with specific requirements that chimps can't ideate. I 'm too old to remember all the qualifying factors, but I used to teach it. Never cared for it. I liked Andrew Wyeth.

Posted by: Bonita on June 21, 2005 06:56 PM

I'm with YOU, Bonita. Art should look like ART, not something somebody upchucked on canvas after eating a jumbo pizza.

Posted by: Acidman on June 21, 2005 08:56 PM


Posted by: Robert on June 21, 2005 11:23 PM

One of the last times I watched '60 Minutes' they had a segment on a husband & wife famous in the art world for helping young artists get started- mostly buying early works. Among the crap they had on display was a board with about three inches of 1/4" manila rope, frayed on the ends, stapled to it. At the time they said it was valued at something like $10,000.

Convinced me that most 'art' really is crap.

Posted by: Mark on June 22, 2005 08:32 AM
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