23 November 2009


The Museum of Bad Art is the only museum in the world dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms. From its distinguished collection:

The Horror, The Glory, Acrylic on canvas by Tom McKinley, 1952
Donated by the artist

No detail, and indeed, no man is spared in this bellicose epic. Battle lines reach to the sky itself, where gun smoke feeds the fury of a storm, imminent in the heavens. Alleluia!

Ronan the Pug, by Erin Rothgeb
Acrylic on Canvas Board

Ronan the Pug could hardly see straight after lapping up all the spilled egg-nog at the holiday party, but brought tears to everyone's eyes with his clear tenor rendition of Danny Boy.

In the Cat's Mouth, Acrylic on canvas, probably by Pangorda
Acquired by Tom Stankowicz from the Children's Hospital Thrift Store

A comment on issues of power as experienced by those who dwell with feline pets. Is the artist consumed with or consumed by his love for this cat? Does he identify with the personality of the startling animal? Does the similarity between these inseparable cohabitants stop short at the nose? Or is he simply trying to observe a tree-lined avenue through a cat's eyes?

"In the Cat's Mouth" is one of a series of five paintings presented in MOBA's Permanent Gallery as part of the "I Just Can't Stop" exhibition.

And, the pièce de résistance:

Lucy In the Field With Flowers, Oil on canvas by Unknown
Acquired from trash in Boston

This single painting planted the seed that grew into MOBA.

The motion, the chair, the sway of her breast, the subtle hues of the sky, the expression on her face -- every detail combines to create this transcendent and compelling portrait, every detail cries out "masterpiece."

See the entire collection here.

I would add a few more pieces I am personally acquainted with to the list, but shall refrain for fear of losing friendships...

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