Saturday, 20 August 2011

The Museum Of Bad Art

About the best new thing I've come across on the WWW lately has to be the Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA). Established in 1993 in Boston, USA, its website and three physical galleries are lovingly dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of 'bad' art, especially painting.

MOBA describes its approximately 600-piece collection as ranging from "the work of talented artists that have gone awry to works of exuberant, although crude, execution by artists barely in control of the brush", and MOBA's worldwide network of Friends regularly donate choice examples, many of which have been bought at thrift stores or salvaged from trash cans.

A suitable name is assigned to any untitled work, and each one is presented with a tongue-in-cheek description that pokes a sly and knowing snook at the 'good' art scene.

Whilst some of the paintings are undoubtedly awful and unintentionally hilarious, others have that genuine, Undefinable Weirdness quality - often seen in 'mentally ill' or 'disturbed' people's art - which suggests that their creators are in intimate contact with some other - more frightening but wonderful - well of inspiration or dimension. Check it out here.

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