Sep 22, 2009

by English Muse

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 */


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21 Responses to “The Museum of Bad Art”

  1. Spardha Malik says:

    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!

  2. Spardha Malik says:

    wow! I love that post…

  3. AbbieBabble says:

    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.

  4. Daisy says:

    Delightful art!

  5. The Clever Pup says:

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

  6. My Dog-Eared Pages says:

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

  7. Brian Miller says:

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

  8. chiaroscuro says:

    hilarious art, thanks for this post!

  9. the real mia says:

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

  10. Samantha says:

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

  11. Amanda Nicole says:

    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 🙂

  12. Melissa says:

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

  13. Paulina says:

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


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

  15. NodtoMod Vintage says:

    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 hangings…no one else will have it! love the cat;)

  16. cabin + cub says:

    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.

  17. giulia says:

    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

  18. the NEO-traditionalist says:

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

  19. Ali says:

    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!

  20. Aidualc says:

    I really REALLY wanna c it again but i just wish they woulf ropeen the show in San Francisco!! New York lets it run 4ever but u cant find a show anywhere in California! Cnt wait 2 b able 2 do it with my high school or college or whenever it comes available 2 rent on MTI or sumtin I dnt care wat it takes! I will b in Wicked!! Mwahahaha!!!

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