Sunday, August 25, 2013

Finally! A Museum Full of Bad Art! What is Bad Art By The Way?

30"x24", oil on canvas
Rescued from trash in Boston, MA
by Scott Wilson (MOBA Esteemed Curator Emeritus), 1993

    Good Day World!

How’s your Saturday going? Today I’m taking you on a tour of bad art. Yes, bad art. So bad that it’s…well, good! If your confused don’t let it bother you. But, it’s true: there is actually a museum of bad art.

The very real Museum of Bad Art, or MOBA, is looking for art so bad it's good. The Massachusetts museum proudly showcases the work in three galleries, one in the basement of a community theater in Somerville and two in nearby Brookline.

Founded in 1994, the volunteer-run museum has since received attention from around the world, and critics from the New York Times to Harvard scholars have expounded on its influence. MOBA has even released two books,"Museum of Bad Art: Art Too Bad to Be Ignored" and "Museum of Bad Art: Masterworks."

The origins of the museum lie in the painting "Lucy In the Field With Flowers (shown here)," which antiques dealer Scott Wilson found in a pile of trash in 1994. (Story and video tour here)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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