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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Museum of Bad Art

Yes, there really is a place, besides my living room, where bad art is proudly displayed. You can view the collection at MOBA online...Of course, the angry, bitter cat caught my eye (maybe because I live with two of them)...
Here is a snippet from the description of this fine work, called Peter the Kitty, acquired from the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Hyde Park, Mass.

"Stirring in its portayal of feline angst. Is Peter hungry or contemplating his place in a hungry world? The artist has evoked both hopelessness and glee with his irrational use of negative space."

This lively painting is called "Circus of Despair." It was found in the trash and put on display at MOBA -- located in Boston. The artist is Unknown.

A few words from the museum site:
"This joyous, frightful circus romp is emblematic of, and yet somehow transcends, Unknown's entire body of work."

And finally "Eileen," another trash-can rescue. A review: "Remarkable in its simplicity, this passionate portrait of a girl with green eyes appeals to every emotion. Which passion was uppermost in the painter's heart? Knife stroke follows brush stroke. The hint of a second signature in the top right corner suggests a struggle. An infinitely interesting and sometimes disturbing neo-primitive portrait."

Also noted: "The painting has what appears to be a knife slash in the canvas -- adding an additional element of drama to an already powerful work."

Donations to keep this museum running are always welcome and, well, sometimes begged for. If you're in the Boston area, you can stop by and see these paintings in person. (Although Eileen was stolen and never recovered, despite the $6.50 reward.)


Ok, my dears, that's all from me today. There's a big Twitter conference in LA tomorrow and I'm going. Very excited to meet Biz Stone, one of the pioneers of Blogger. Yes darlings, our Blogger. (Oh, and he also co-founded Twitter...) I'm sure if I had grown up in the 1990s, my mother would have given me this important advice: Marry a man who knows html. You'll always float right.

/* good night */


Blogger Spardha Malik said...

its the power of the words that has won my heart over the gorgeous art!! i love how the paint a mysterious aura around the artworks with their beautiful description!

September 22, 2009 at 2:49 AM  
Blogger Spardha Malik said...

wow! I love that post...

September 22, 2009 at 2:59 AM  
Blogger AbbieBabble said...

I LOVE the Museum of Bad Art! It's right by my house, and you get in free when you go to the movie theater with which it's associated.

September 22, 2009 at 3:52 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Delightful art!

September 22, 2009 at 4:10 AM  
Blogger The Clever Pup said...

I think Eileen is just fine. Her get up reminds me of Piaff.

September 22, 2009 at 5:02 AM  
Blogger Kris said...


September 22, 2009 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger My Dog-Eared Pages said...

TERRIFIC morning read with a lot of laughs... even my artist husband Eric LOVED it!!

September 22, 2009 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

there is just something about the circus piece...have fun at the conference.

September 22, 2009 at 6:06 AM  
Blogger chiaroscuro said...

hilarious art, thanks for this post!

September 22, 2009 at 6:10 AM  
Blogger the real mia said...

I love "Circus of Despair" and Eileen. Sometimes bad art is just so good.

September 22, 2009 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

This is so funny - I just spend a good 20 minutes going through them.

September 22, 2009 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Amanda Nicole said...

Hilarious! I'm lying up in bed today, and flipping through this museum will give me something to do - and possibly make me feel better :)

September 22, 2009 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Fantastic! Makes me want to cover my walls with bad art!

September 22, 2009 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Paulina said...

hahaha this is a great post!!!! love this. musuem of bad art is now on my list of things to do (like ASAP)

September 22, 2009 at 9:57 AM  

Hi darling!
...not so bad, should be CHARMing!

September 22, 2009 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger NodtoMod Vintage said...

our places must be similar as i have bad art in my house all over! i love it though...different for sure. i search thrift stores for my wall one else will have it! love the cat;)

September 22, 2009 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger cabin + cub said...

heehee... i have to go and check this site out now... and i love how they take donations! i am sure i have a bunch of stuff from early art school they would love to have.

September 22, 2009 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger giulia said...

lol. My poor mother. She was before her time...we had a Krazy Korner. Where she put things up like this that she found at thrifts/vintage/"antique" stores. Also another wall of our "ancestors." None of whom, oddly (or not:) looked like any of us. I used these bits as a way to calculate how much time to invest in someone new who couldn't get with the humor program. You know? If they kept saying, "I don't get it" & kept asking when we would have "American" carpeting (I later found out this meant wall-to-wall & not Persian)...oh well.

Peter is hilarious & yet I identify with him. Will be sending this link all over creation. So to speak.

Have fun at the Bloggy Tweety thingy, Tina.


GG & Susan

September 22, 2009 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger the NEO-traditionalist said...

This is hilarious... Maybe they're right, maybe even mediocre art deserves to be displayed. I like it!
XXX Kate "the NEO-trad"

September 22, 2009 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

This post made me laugh and seriously study these paintings at the same time! Funny how art can do that.

Hope the conference is/was great!

September 23, 2009 at 10:26 AM  

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