CHIMP ART

06.06.13

Monkey Business

How much would you pay for a blurry photograph of Moscow? What if it was taken by a chimpanzee?

Get ready for Instagram feeds to be filled with photos taken from an animal point-of-view. On Wednesday, the collection of pictures by Mikki (pictured above), a chimpanzee, reeled in roughly $75,000 at Sotheby's. Mikki was discovered by contemporary Russian artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid at the Moscow Circus, and they taught him how to take photos. According to Guzelian, his works like the one below of St. Basil's Cathedral, are similar to experimental photography and are an animal's version of the endless number of tourist photos taken daily around the world.

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The colorful roofs of Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square through the eyes of Mikki, a 15-year-old chimpanzee (Guzelian)