Detail: The Cupboard Was Bare by Pangorda
The Museum of Bad Art
So Bad, Its Good
BY MAGAZINE ART EDITOR AJA BLANC
The Cupboard Was Bare by Pangorda
Have you heard of the Museum of Bad Art? MOBA is to bad art what the MoMA is to modern art; it is the world’s best collection of bad art. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, their mission as “the only museum dedicated to bringing the worst of art to the widest of audiences” tests Oscar Wilde’s theory that “bad art is a great deal worse than no art at all”.
Had Wilde had the opportunity to see the treasures in the MOBA collection, there is a good chance he would have found pure joy in this collection of “art that is too bad to be ignored”. The collection is divided into categories such as “noods”, “poor traits”, and “blue people”. There are also more typical categories such landscapes, still lifes and portraiture, though the museum concedes that “artists who make it into the MOBA portraiture collection are often visited by a unique, possibly extraterrestrial muse.”
Are the works ugly paintings by amateur artists? Or uninhibited expressions of true unbridled creativity? What is it that makes bad art so bad?
Putting aside the discussion on aesthetic relativism for another day, we invite you to simply feast your eyes on some of MOBA’s finest:
Sad Baby by Anonymous
Why is baby so sad? Perhaps the weight of her large red bow weighs as heavily as the world upon her shoulders, as she attempts to rest wearily against a support that only she can perceive.
Peter the Kitty Oil on board by Mrs. Jackson, Acquired from Salvation Army Thrift Store, Hyde Park by Scott Wilson
Pure feline angst is captured in Peter’s face as his gaze confronts the viewer with anger and contempt. The artist’s irrational use of negative space reflects Peter’s own irrational sense of self.
See Battle by Viv Joynt, Donated by the artist at a MOBA event in Ottawa, Canada
In this one-sided battle of ships at sea, the witty pun of the title and imposing binoculars asks the viewers to “see” the harrowing violence unfold as a small lady bug scuttles across the water.
Water Fall by Anonymous, Purchased by M. Frank at a flea market in Buffalo, NY.
Bob Ross has got nothing on this anonymous artist who captures the very essence of a mountain landscape complete with a waterfall the emerges from its unknown origins.
The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) is a community-based, private institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory.
Visit MOBA www.museumofbadart.org
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