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Chimpanzee wins $10,000 in art competition
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US chimp Brent wins Humane Society art competition


A US chimpanzee who paints with his tongue has won a $10,000 (£6,450) prize in a chimpanzee art competition.

Brent, 37, created a delicate, vibrantly coloured work featuring daubs of violet, blue and yellow on paper.

The entries were judged by noted primate researcher and conservationist, Jane Goodall.

The prize in the contest, sponsored by the Humane Society of the US will benefit Chimp Haven, Brent's sanctuary in the US state of Louisiana.

Cheetah and Ripley won second and third prizes in the competition that garnered 27,000 votes.

Brent is a retired laboratory animal, and the Humane Society says he is protective of an elder companion, named Grandma, and "loves to laugh and play".

"All of the art was beautiful and unique, just like chimpanzees," Jane Goodall said, in a statement distributed by the Humane Society.




The Humane Society of the US said: "It was difficult to choose. It's so important that the public support all of these sanctuaries in their mission to provide exceptional care to chimpanzees, and other primates, who have suffered through so much."

Second-place artist Cheetah won a total of $10,000, including a $5,000 judge's prize awarded by Mrs Goodall. He lives at Save the Chimps in Florida.

Ripley took $2,500 for the Center for Great Apes, also in Florida.

Other artists won $500 grants for their sanctuaries for their participation.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23892289


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Not a f*cking chimpanzee.
When will us untalented flops win in such competitions?



And how do you think the money is going to be used?
Hmmmm....



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Paints with his tongue? He must be popular with the ladies...

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That's a lot of bananas.
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I think all the entries were chimps.
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Sir_jamesalot wrote:

I think all the entries were chimps.


Oh, so because he didn't beat humans, it doesn't matter? Don't belittle Brent's accomplishment! He was clearly making a statement about the inherent structure of the universe, one that touched me deeply and changed my life. This is clearly newsworthy, and is of direct consequence to all of humanity's future. Go be a buzzkill somewhere else negative nancy.

Jokes aside though, I'm more concerned that they consider a primate researcher to be a valid judge in an art contest. What are Mrs. Goodall's qualifications as an artist? I suspect foul play -- Brent probably had a hefty bribe of bananas saved up from his days as a research subject, and used them to gain an unfair advantage. This was clearly a political move. Why else would a primate researcher be in charge of art judgements? The contest was obviously rigged, and no one is doing anything about it. Just one more reason not to trust authority -- everything's corrupt and society's going down in flames because of travesties like this.

TL;DR: I don't really care who won a chimpanzee art contest.
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I may not know art but I know what I like.........I will never get rid of Dogs playing poker hanging in my man cave
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I may not know art but I know what I like.........I will never get rid of Dogs playing poker hanging in my man cave


There's that phrase again
I'm sure man cave is a euphemism.
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It's a publicity thing. With the NIH releasing hundreds of lab chimps these refuges are going to be overcapacity and they need all the money and attention they can get.

EDIT: OPs linked article actually has a link to the related story

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23322774
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Sir_jamesalot wrote:


uncletim wrote:

I may not know art but I know what I like.........I will never get rid of Dogs playing poker hanging in my man cave


There's that phrase again
I'm sure man cave is a euphemism.


my mancave is my room where I can get away from the problems of life and just relax I have my bigscreen tv in there and my little fridge for my snacks and such

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Chimps always win at art.

It takes the mind of an intellectual to achieve literary, philosophical, or scientific greatness.
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AshRandom wrote:

Chimps always win at art.

It takes the mind of an intellectual to achieve literary, philosophical, or scientific greatness.


And for real art you need intellect as well I mean, sorry to say so, but lots of modern "art" is just rubbish pushed forward by the believe that art should be unique and that the more unique it is the better it is... it's the world upside down, normally change comes because of the will for innovation and the search for perfection, in art change defines "perfection"... and the elite have to consider it beautiful *because* it's beautiful as defined by the forced change in "art". </rant> (think about it if you have a sec, what I said actually really does make sense )

In other words: what an ugly artpiece, but I hope they (the caretakers and the chimpanzees) had fun when they were making it and I hope this competition raised some money as well .
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Ten thousand dollars that could have went to better use but instead giving to a chimp. Yeah, that's great logic right there.
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what the fuck?
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Ten thousand dollars that could have went to better use but instead giving to a chimp. Yeah, that's great logic right there.

It didn't go to the chimp. Read the text.
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mystic17 wrote:

Ten thousand dollars that could have went to better use but instead giving to a chimp. Yeah, that's great logic right there.


What's wrong with where it's going? Even if you hate chimps or something, it's not the end of the world.
Chimp sanctuary gets 10k, chimp sanctuary spends 10k, 10k makes its way into the hands of whoever produced what the sanctuary spent it on, that person uses the money on what they need to live, etc.
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