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Friday, September 19, 2014

ARTIST CHIMPANZEE CONGO - 50 YEARS PASSED...



PAINTING BY CHIMPANZEE CONGO   (WIKIPEDIA FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA)
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 PAINTING BY CONCO
This painting was produced by the chimpanzee "Congo" and is therefore not copyrighted. The photo of the painting is not copyrightable per the Bridgeman v. Corel ruling.

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THIS IS 'CONGO', CHIMPANZEE, THAT FIRST START DRAWING
 AT THE AGE OF TWO. THEN ZOOLOGIST, AND SURREALIST PAINTER DESMOND MORRIS GAVE CONGO PAINTS AND BRUSHES. 
CONGO ARTISTIC HERITAGE CONSISTS OF 400 DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS. 
HE WAS BORN IN 1954 , LIVED IN LONDON, ENGLAND AND DIED FROM TUBERCULOSIS IN 1964. 
THIS YEAR DOES MARK 50 YEARS, SINCE CONGO PASSED AWAY. 
HIS PAINTINGS BROUGHT MIX REVIEWS. 
BUT CONGO CREATIVITY RESULTED IN TAKING UNDER CONSIDERATION
THAT ANIMALS CAN HAVE ARTISTIC FLARE. HE PAINTED THE PICTURE 
ABOVE. 
CONGO KNEW, HOW TO DRAW CIRCLE, WAS GOOD WITH COLORS, 
LIKED  FAN SHAPED SYMMETRIC COMPOSITION.
HIS FINAL PIECES SHINED WITH BRILLIANT, PURE COLORS.  HE WAS CALLED LYRICAL ABSTRACT IMPRESSIONIST.  ART CRITIC FOR SUNDAY TIMES IN LONDON, WALDEMAR JANUSZCZAK  GAVE HIM POSITIVE REVIEWS. 
HERBERT REED AND MORI WERE IMPRESSED BY HIS ABILITY. 
HIS PICTURE,  THAT SPANISH PAINTER PABLO PICASSO, RECEIVED AS GIFT, ALLEGEDLY PICASSO, FRAMED AND HUNG IN HIS STUDIO. 
ANOTHER PAINTER OF THAT ERA, SALVADOR DALI SAID IN 
REFERENCE TO CONGO THAT 
'THE HAND OF CHIMPANZEE IS QUASI HUMAN, THE HAND OF 
JACKSON POLLOCK IS TOTALLY ANIMAL' 
 IN ADDITION TO THAT,  ON 6/20/2005 ON THE
 AUCTION AT BONHAMS, AMERICAN COLLECTOR HOWARD HONG, 
BOUGHT 3 CONGO'S PAINTING FOR OVER $26,000, WHEN AT THE SAME 
TIME ANDY WARHOL'S PAINTING  OR RENOIR'S  SCULPTURE DIDN'T 
SELL AND HAD TO BE PULLED OUT OF AUCTION. 
CONGO PAINTINGS WERE SOLD FOR OVER 
20 TIMES OF ITS ESTIMATED VALUE. 
CONGO WAS CALLED CEZANNE  OF THE APE WORLD. 
ON OCTOBER 12, 2005 JOHN RUSSELL TAYLOR POINTED IN THE TIME
THAT AT THE  1957, I C A  EXHIBITION, CONGO WORK WAS PURCHASED 
BY ROLAND PENROTE, PRINCE PHILIP, HERBERT READ.
THERE IS THE PAGE IN WIKIPEDIA  (FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA) THAT LIST 
 55 INDIVIDUALS CATEGORIZED BY NAME. CONGO NAME IS THERE. THAT
IS THE LIST OF CHIMPANZEE INDIVIDUALS THAT GAINED RECOGNITION.
HOWEVER, FROM THE OTHER LIST OF WIKIPEDIA - 
THE LIST OF 11 INDIVIDUALS -CHIMPANZEE THAT WAS DETERMINED 
TO ATTAINED ALPHA MALE STATUS
-THE NAME OF CONGO IS MISSING. 

I,  FIND MYSELF PASSIONATELY BEING DRAWN TO PICTURES MADE BY 
CONGO, AS WELL AS THE ONE MADE BY OTHER ANIMALS, ORANGUTAN 
NONJA, OR GORILLAS: SOPHIE ( ROTTERDAM), KOKO,   ELEPHANT ARDILA
BETSY , FINGER PAINTING AMERICAN ARTIST FROM BALTIMORE   ETC.

I  AM SURE THAT PART OF IT IS 
MY INNER CURIOSITY, ATTEMPT TO TRYING TO REACH AND 'FEEL' THE 
ARTIST BEHIND. JUST, LIKE THE ANIMAL/ARTIST TRYING TO EXPRESS
ITS BEING THROUGH SUCH MEDIA, I WANT TO COME CLOSER.
ALL OF THE PAINTINGS ARE ABSTRACTS, NONE REACH PICTORIAL STAGE.
I AM READING AROUND, THAT THEY ARE JUST LIKE 3 YEARS OLD CHILD.
CHILDREN CAN HAVE WONDERFUL SENSE OF COLOR, BUT HERE  I SEE
MORE. OVER CENTURIES, THERE IS A TREND TO KEEP ON MOVING 
OUT FROM PHOTO LIKE, FAITHFUL DETAILED IMAGES IN PAINT TO
SOPHISTICATED SPLASHES OF PAINT, LINES AND INTRODUCING
VARIATE OF MEDIA IN SUCH A WAY THAT PICTURE GOING THROUGH
THE EYES ENTERS THE SOULS, AND THAT WHERE IT TAKES SIT, IN OUR
 CORE BEING, WORKS ON OUR IMAGINATION AND FEELINGS,
SPEAKS THOUGH SUBLIME.
CONGO CAREER AS A PAINTER LASTED ONLY ABOUT 3 YEARS, BUT HAD A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON 'OPENING DOORS TO THE POSSIBILITIES'.
NOT EVERY PICTURE IS, OF COURSE, A MASTERPIECE. BUT NUMBER 
OF THEM ARE GOOD. AFTER SHORT ARTISTIC CAREER, 
CONGO GAVE UP PAINTING AND CHOOSE TO STAY IN HIS CAGE 
IN LONDON ZOO. 

COMPOSITION BY CONGO

















ON RIGHT - CONGO IN HIS HIGH 'BABY' CHAIR
ON LEFT - ONE OF THE OTHER PAINING OF HIS

MYSELF, I BELIEVE THAT ART IS A FORM OF EXPRESSION, 
COMMUNICATION, IN THE PAST IT WAS OFTEN SUBSTITUTE
FOR PHOTOGRAPHS, DUPLICATING LIFE. BUT MORE
AND MORE WE SEE ART PRESENTING ABSTRACT THOUGHTS
AND IDEAS, TOUCHING OUR EMOTIONS DEEPLY.
IF I APPLY THAT SIMPLE 'DEFINITION' OF ART TO CONGO,
WE WOULD HAVE TO CALL HIM AN ARTIST.
BUT AS I LOOKED IN WEBSTER DICTIONARY UNDER 
ART - THE DEFINITION IS:' (art) n, skill; HUMAN skill as opposed to
nature....'
SINCE, I WILL NOT CHANGE THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT CONGO'S
WORK, AND HE IS NON - HUMAN, I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH
THAT DEFINITION. I BELIEVE, THAT THIS DEFINITION IS
NO LONGER VALID AND SHOULD BY EDITED.
CONGO LESS AND LESS BECOMES AN EXCEPTION, AS MORE
AND MORE OTHER ANIMALS ARE BEING DISCOVERED, 
SPECIALLY APES, THAT ENJOY THAT FORM OF SELF EXPRESSION. 

DESMOND MORRIS WAS CURATOR OF LONDON ZOO, AT THE TIME
WHEN CONGO WAS STAYING THERE. HE, WAS THE ONE THAT FOR
THE VERY FIRST TIME GAVE CONGO PENCIL AND LATER BRUSH
 AND PAINTS.
HE WAS THE ONE WHO ORGANIZED THE FIRST PAINTING 
EXHIBITION OF CHIMPANZEE, INCLUDING CONGO IN INSTITUTE 
OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS IN LONDON IN 1957. HIS BOOK FROM
 1968 'THE NAKED APE' PERTAINING TO SOCIO -BIOLOGY,
 IS STILL ON A BESTSELLER LIST. 
DESMOND MORRIS BORN IN 1928, WAS  PAINTING FOR 65 YEARS
ONWARD. HIS FIRST EXHIBITION WAS IN 1948, LAST ONE ONLY 
ONE YEAR AGO.

                   
                  DESMOND MORRIS IN COMPANY OF
                  TWO FRIENDS:
                  'ELEPHANT AND THE BOOK"

DESMOND MORRIS WROTE OVER 79 SCIENTIFIC AND OTHER 
PUBLICATIONS,  WROTE AND PRODUCED SURREALISTIC
MOVIES i.e. IN 1950 'TIME FLOWER', 'THE BUTTERFLY AND THE
PIN'. 
HE WROTE AND HOSTED TOTALLY 500 WEEKLY, GRANADA
TV'S PROGRAMS, WHERE CONGO  WAS A GUEST. 
DESMOND MORRIS WAS UNUSUALLY SUCCESSFUL IN ALL HIS,
CREATIVE ENDEAVORS. FOR NUMBER OD YEARS,  HE WAS
SPENDING 3 MONTH IN A YEAR, EXPLORING OTHER COUNTRIES
AND STUDYING VARIOUS GROUPS OF PEOPLE. 
OCCASIONALLY, HIS WIFE WOULD ACCOMPANY HIM. 
HE TOTALLY VISITED 95 COUNTRIES. 
WHEN ASKED WHAT ACTIVITY HE ENJOYS THE MOST, 
HE SIMPLE SAID: "WRITING BOOKS, PAINTING PICTURES
AND TRAVELLING".





ABOVE, SOME OF THE DESMOND MORRIS BOOKS,
 BELOW HIS PAINTING

                      The blind watchmaker
THE BLIND   WATCHMAKER'      1986
                      DESMOND  MORRIS                                                                                        



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