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Photo Of The Day

Avantgarde artist Pierre Brassau in his Studio/Cage.

Avantgarde artist Pierre Brassau in his Studio/Cage.

A New Artist On The Scene

“Only an Ape could have done this”

If you’ve ever looked at a piece of art and thought, “a Monkey could have made this,” You might actually be onto something.

By its very nature, avant-garde art is experimental and forces people to rethink their ideas about culture and politics. However, sometimes really abstract pieces can leave you scratching your head and as they say art, like magnificence, is in the vision of the beholder. A few could even believe that a chimpanzee’s paintings are of the calibre of, say, French artist Pierre Brassau. Never discovered him? That’s because he’s not necessarily true!

One of the greatest acts of trolling in the history of art happened in 1964, when journalist Ake Axelsson and a few of his colleagues fooled local critics into praising paintings done by a chimpanzee. The men wanted to know if the critics were expert enough to distinguish between real and fake art, so they provided Peter the chimp with art equipment, collected his best works, and exhibited them in an art gallery under the name of fictitious French artist Pierre Brassau. Only one of the critics found the paintings lacking, while the rest praised them effusively. One critic named Rolf Anderberg even described the artist as someone who “paints with powerful strokes [and] performs with the delicacy of a ballet dancer.” He later tried to save face after the journalists exposed the hoax, saying that he still considered the chimp’s artwork to be the best in the exhibit.

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Face of the day

Today’s face of the day has had his life changed forever because of a drawing. A drawing that frankly looks like a child drew it.

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I am no art critic but even as a cartoon it doesn’t impress. The offence and push back in reaction to this drawing is obscene in its intensity and violence. Last Saturday an Islamic terrorist in Denmark almost succeeded in ending the artist’s life. Who is this man that now has to lives his life under constant threat of death because of a drawing?

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Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks has faced death threats for many years

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Bob Adelman Andy Warhol at 47th Street Factory poses on notorious Factory red couch with Jackie Kennedy silkscreen. 1965, New York City.

Photo: Bob Adelman
Andy Warhol at 47th Street Factory poses on notorious Factory red couch with Jackie Kennedy silkscreen. 1965, New York City.

The Shot That Shattered The Velvet Underground

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