Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Looks can be deceiving

Some of the images displayed below are masterpieces of abstract art, created by great artists. The rest were painted by an ape. Can you tell which is which?

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2
3
4
5
6
How do you think you did?

56 comments:

Casdok said...

Answers;
1.Ape
2.Ape
3.Artist
4.Artist
5.Ape
6.Artist

So how did you do?!

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

I thought the last one was an artist, but didn't pick the others!!

Vi said...

I got it right! Not that I think the artists are any better.

Oh, btw, there is something for you over at my blog.

Chris H said...

I got about half right! Elephants paint too!

R.E.H. said...

Damn! I was 100% right. I almost picked #5 for Artist too, but chose against it.

Hmmm... still don't understand how those slabs of paint can be considered art though... I kinda wish I had been 100% wrong - just to prove my point ;)

BenefitScroungingScum said...

I know enough to know not even to try ;) lol

laughingwolf said...

got em!

Nancy said...

I picked 2 & 5 Ape, the others artist. #1 was my favorite

CrackerLilo said...

It's hilarious that there's even a question about this!

My brother and a close childhood friend of mine are both painters, and both hate, hate, hate abstract art. You can get them onto a rant about how today's art scene makes it impossible for someone who wants to say something real and make it look attractive to make money, if you have a couple weeks to listen. I sympathize with them.

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Odat said...

Got all but Number 5.
That was cool!

and thanks for all your prayers and well wishes during my difficult time.
Peace and hugs.

mommy~dearest said...

Oooh- I love #3!

titration said...

I didn't get five at all. Interesting.

Doc said...

I got 4 of 6... but that isn't saying much. The apes ought to sell their work !

nitebyrd said...

I love tests when I get all the answers correct! YAY! me!

Thanks, Casdok!

Jennifer said...

That is a great point! I think I like them all, but the ones by the apes are a little more my style, only b/c they look like something my children would do. :)
I'm glad that you found my blog b/c in turn I have now found yours!! :)
Have a GREAT day!!
Hugs, Jenn

PS i added you to my blog roll is that okay??;)

Elise said...

Damn! I thought they were all apes... xx

The Muse said...

I should have been an artist, I'd be famous!

Phil Plasma said...

I guessed number 5 correctly, I didn't bother guessing about the others.

Flea said...

Oh, I got the first one wrong! And I wouldn't hang ANY of them in my house!

MMC said...

They all look ape to me.
I'm just so uncouth ... not at all cultured.
And proud of it!:D

Julie at Virtual Journey said...

Got them - now racking my brains to remember which artists!

Good post...

Ange said...

I missed two, but I do like #4

Julie at Virtual Journey said...

http://www.thepaintingfool.com/

- the painting computer....

david mcmahon said...

I thought I'd be a chimpion (sorry, champion) at this, but what a great presentation you've given us.

Thank you so much ....

Andrea said...

Well, they actually all look like the same artist did them.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Well that showed me - there I was getting all smug thinking yeah - easy no problem . . .hah I got it mostly wrong . . .

KAREN CLARKE said...

I wonder what the artists' responses would be?!

The first one looks similar to the the mess I made on the floor while painting my bedroom the other day :)

katy said...

didn't do too bad, honest!
my favourate is no 5 so that says a lot for the artisit then

motherx said...

Wow! that is amazing! I guessed right about no 5 being the ape! it just goes to show you though as I can just imagine all the art snobs looking at the ape pics and saying "Yes...yes, I see what the artist is trying to say here!" You def cant judge a book by its cover!

leslie said...

My favourite is the first one, but I figured an ape had done it because he didn't fill up all the white space! lol

Omega Mum said...

I got them right. You'll have to trust me on this but the ape pictures have the same basic shape and the artist ones have representational forms that seemed somehow non ape like. Either that or I got them wrong but I have terrific chutzpah.

Cynnie said...

I've seen beauty in shit smeared on the wall ..
there's beauty everywhere yanno?

thanks for coming by my blog..

Mike said...

Answer: All of them.

We're all apes. Some of us are more apeish than others ;)

Casdok said...

Thats my sons fortee!!

But Why? said...

I was greatly saddened to have got them all.

Perhaps I need to rethink my "call-that-art?-a-monkey-could-do-better" attitude to art... xx

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PI said...

Oh I thought wee had to just choose one- the ape - and I chose #2 so I got one right:)

Maddy said...

Not terribly well I'm afraid. It reminds me of the [current?] advertisements in Heathrow airport, two pictures exactly the same but with opposite responses depending upon which country you're from.

Yes I know I've spent too much time in Heathrow lately!

Cheers

Tanya Brown said...

I guessed numbers 3, 4 and 6 correctly, but wasn't sure about the others.

I have the unpopular view, though, that humans and other primates aren't as different as we humans might like to think.

Patti said...

fun post. Glad you gave us the answers, though, because I couldn't get them all.

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Joan said...

Considering what's hanging in some of the finest international art museums, I think they all deserve a spot on some wall. They're certainly better than anything I could do.

Cait O'Connor said...

I would guess that 2 and 5 are ape but I know you will say I am wrong.

Cait O'Connor said...

Oh I have just read your answer Casdok, I got two right but missed number 1, that was a surprise that one.

DJ Kirkby said...

Only no 6 was painted by a human.

Anne Brooke said...

I liked them all! Next time I shall buy art cheaply from an ape, tee hee!

:))

A
xxx

Cathy said...

#1 looks like something my son painted at school when he was 4. It was chosen for an exhibition of art by people with autism and his teacher at the time did a very convincing blurb about its artistic merits!!

Cx

Flassie's Fil'a said...

I got them all correct.
I love all kinds of art.
I do like The Ape #2 &
Artist's #4 & #6 the best.

I've seen both Elephant's
and Cat's that paint, but
never Ape painting until
today.

Some of the responses gave
me a laugh. Thanks!

Have a Blessed Happy Healthy
Fun Creative Blessed Year!!!

Anna said...

1,2 and 5 are ape, great post, just visiting from david mcmahon latest post - no matter how I did, I think this is great brain exercise. Thanks for sharing and let us to be involved. Anna :)

Annieye said...

I thought the first two were painted by an ape but didn't get the other one.

Perhaps it was the gorilla in the Cadbury's advert?

lime said...

i'll be darned if i knew the difference

Mrs. C said...

Maybe the artists believe in evolution and are over-identifying with their "kin?"

OK, or maybe I just don't appreciate modern art.

Nicki Mann said...

I think the ape IS an artist!
(Or the artist is an ape???)

Special K said...

some small corrections, precisions :)

[...]
Then the human will fuck up said animal's timing by giving the animal some other timing variation and giving said animal FOOD by moving some other kind of animal species #2 in the territory of species #1. While species #2 would NOT have gone into species #1's territory where it not of humans!!!! OR species #2 would have knocked on the door before!!!
THUS SPECY #2 WOULD HAVE RESPECTED SPECY #1 timing!!!!!!

But humans say fuck that and go there. Specy #1 being invaded by *Humanimal* specy #2 thus kill rape and eat. This is all human based. Humanity has a total monopoly on earth except maybe in africa and in the air and sea and on the moon and elsewhere. But every place there are zombies and roads criss crossing the territory with cars running over free walking animals, humans rule. That's about 0.000000000001% of the universe or less. Meaning humans really suck in those place. However i have not yet found how to go to the moon and get rid of all those animals. :(((

andrea said...

This was fun. I knew 3 and 6 were artists because, if they're painted by who I think they're painted by, I recognize the style. Didn't get #4 though. I also get a kick out of the comments. People who haven't got a clue about art of any kind feel they must weigh in with their valuable opinions. I wonder if they have a strong opinion about, say, Russian or nuclear physics, too? e.g. "I don't understand the appeal of Sri Lankan jazz, so it must be bogus." :)