The guardian | Jonathan Jones:
Why did human beings invent art? Why do we make it, look at it, revere it and want to possess it?
Mona (the Museum of Old and New Art) in Tasmania offers some bold and provocative answers. I heard about its latest exhibition, On the Origins of Art, from participant Mat Collishaw, whose art is nothing if not provocative and just the style to suit a museum that seems to want to be the thinking person’s Saatchi Gallery. Collishaw has created a zoetrope sculpture of fluttering hummingbirds to illustrate the theory that early human beings evolved art for the same reason hummingbirds evolved gorgeous feathers and elaborate dances: to seduce the opposite sex… Read more
Image: On the origins of art … paintings in the prehistoric cave of Niaux, France. Photograph: Tuul and Bruno Morandi/Getty Images