This was bound to happen:
The director of the State Art Museum of Moritzburg in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany), Katja Schneider, suggested the painting was by the Guggenheim Prize-winning artist Ernst Wilhelm Nay.
“It looks like an Ernst Wilhelm Nay. He was famous for using such blotches of colour,” Dr Schneider confidently asserted.
The canvas was actually the work of Banghi, a 31-year-old female chimp at the local zoo.
I remember going to the Art Institute of Chicago once and wandering into the modern art gallery. There was a plank of wood leaned up against the wall, with a plaque next to it that said something like “Wood.”
How do you tell art from, well, anything else?
(Hat tip to Stanley Kurtz at The Corner)