Posted: Apr 22, 2011 9:31 am
by Tyrannical
Art Students can't tell a monkey's painting from art :lol:

People occasionally look at paint splattered on a canvas in a gallery and say, "My child could have painted that." (Or, among eccentric pet-owners, "My monkey could have painted that.") How much better is abstract art than work by kids and monkeys? New research reveals the answer.


Take a look at the two images in this post. Which do you prefer? Which do you think is by a professional artist? (See the answer below.) For a paper in press at Psychological Science, Angelina Hawley-Dolan and Ellen Winner of Boston College collected 72 undergrads, 32 of which were studio-art majors, and showed them 30 paintings by abstract expressionists. Each painting was paired with a painting by a child, a monkey, a chimpanzee, a gorilla, or an elephant. The images were matched on superficial attributes such as color, line quality, and brushstroke, and subjects were asked which piece they personally liked more, and which they thought was a better work of art.

Even the art students preferred the child's or animal's painting over the professional's-and judged it to be objectively better-30 to 40 percent of the time. And that's even when they were labeled correctly.

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Even the Blind could get it right 50% of the time. An art students can get it right a whopping 66% of the time!
Us non-art major sighted people can only get it right about 55% of the time.

In other professions, "Did a Monkey Do This !???" is just a joke. In the art world, it is a serious question :think:

Here is an online quiz you can take too.