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Revenge of the Neanderthal Table of Contents


Volume XVI Number 3.....MayMay/June 2010.....www.barnesreview.org
   

 


The Scam of Modern Art

 

by Willis A. Carto

Congo (1954-1964) was a chimpanzee who learned how to draw and paint. Zoologist and surrealist painter Desmond Morris first observed his abilities when the chimp was offered a pencil and paper at two years of age. By the age of four, Congo had made 400 drawings and paintings. His style has been described as "lyrical abstract impressionism." Lee Krasner (wife of Jackson Pollock) was a Jewish abstract artist whose works today hang in the galleries of some of the world's greatest museums. Her style has been described as "neo-cubist abstraction." Can you tell which one was painted by the chimp and which one by Ms. Krasner? Lower left (Editor's Note: actually "Below" for this online text), a photo of Congo painting is shown next to a portrait of Ms. Krasner in front of a canvas in progress.

 

 

Just a Few Examples of Cro-Magnon & Western Art


L-R: Cro-Magnon cave painting in France, circa 15,000 B.C.; La Gioconda (Mona Lisa) by Leonardo da Vince (1507); Pieta by Michelangelo (1499).

 

More Examples of Modern `Art'


Jewish artists and their works featured from left to right: Michael Goldeberg's Untitled; Sol LeWitt's Cube; Chaim Soutine's Woman in Red; Mark Rothko's Untitled. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course, but in these cases we find very little beauty in any of these works of modern "art," although all of them fetched high prices from gullible buyers and collectors.

 

 

Neanderthal's Different
World View

 

Claims that Neanderthal man was a slow-witted, uncreative brute are not true. Three new studies on prehistoric weapons suggest Neanderthal man made sophisticated weapons and tools-possibly including the first sticky adhesive -- but he lacked the refined projectile -- point weaponry early humans wielded, and also the spear thrower. Scientific extrapolations based upon Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon skeletal remains suggest that the cognitive portions of the brains of the two species were similar. There has been, however, a great difference found in the visual processing region of the brain, according to cranial reconstructions. Neanderthal man had a large bulge in the skull where the visual cortex is located in modern humans. This has led researchers to conclude that Neanderthal man "saw things differently." He may have had acute night vision, some have suggested, or he may simply have processed low luminosity images in a different way. Neanderthal man mastered fire but created few if any verified cave paintings. At least one Neanderthal man, scientists believe, made a four-holed flute from a hollow bone (see below) while another find shows that the final Neanderthals in France (33,000 to 30,000 years ago) were making ornamental jewelry (see below). Finally, the consistent finding of red ochre pigment, mammoth tusks and other animal bones, lumps of chert, tools and flowers in Neanderthal graves indicates some sort of burial ritual was being practiced even before encountering Cro-Magnon. There is even a Neanderthal chert mine in Bulgaria said to be over 40,000 years old.

 


Clockwise from top left: 1. The so-called Tan-Tan Venus of Morocco, claimed by some to be a Neanderthal sculpture from about 300,000 years ago, was found with Neanderthal bones; 2. A Neanderthal rock sculpture of a head with bone inserted for eyes, considered by some to be the finest Neanderthal art object ever found; 3. Ornamental shells found in Spain were created well before modern humans arrived --possibly by Neanderthals; 4. A Neanderthal fish amulet; 5. A Neanderthal four-holed bone flute.

 





WILLIS A. CARTO, is founder of The American Free Press and The Barnes Review.



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