I enjoy art, but I don't have a lot of respect for the profession of "artist". Art, like legislation, seems like something that's best created by people who are otherwise capable of doing more important things. Art is a fine hobby, even noble, but just about everyone I've met who has tried to make a career of it has been lazy and pretentious. Anyway, I say all that to point to this story about an "art expert" who got fooled by a chimpanzee.

A GERMAN art expert was fooled into believing a painting done by a chimpanzee was the work of a master.

The director of the State Art Museum of Moritzburg in Saxony-Anhalt,

Katja Schneider, suggested the painting was by the Guggenheim Prize-winning artist Ernst Wilhelm Nay.

(HT: James Taranto.)



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