The Museum of Bad Art: Bad As They Wanna Be

Did you know there is a museum dedicated exclusively to the preservation of Bad Art?  Yes, indeed!  Click here to see!

“Can something that affords me so much pleasure (I can’t stop looking at it) really be classed as worthless?”  muses my twitter pal/first mate Glennie Bee on the subject of Bad Art.  Read the rest of her blog here.

To qualify for MOBA’s collection, the art cannot be deliberately bad. You won’t find dogs playing poker or velvet Elvises there, though there is one pretty disturbing clown.

Jerez the Clown by Higgins

John Wayne Gacy would have been proud to paint this

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The badness has to be have the free, spontaneous quality that only comes when it’s done unintentionally.

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More highlights from the Museum:

Reclining Nude

RReclining Nude

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I kind of like this one.  The abstracted shape is interesting.

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blue man

"..Til I was Blue in the Face!"

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Early auditions for the Blue Man Group?

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Lucy in the Field with Flowers

Lucy in the Field with Flowers

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The iconic portrait which resulted in the creation of the Museum.  All hail Lucy!

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Some unknown genius came up with the idea of painting a blow-up doll riding a lobster.  Why?  We’ll never know.

Woman Riding Crustacean

Woman Riding Crustacean

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Here is my personal choice for the creme de la creme of Bad Art, the jewel of MOBA’s collection, the masterpiece like none I have ever seen:

 “How did I miss this?  Genius, hell no. Hand of God!”

– a stunned Glennie Bee

In The Cat's Mouth

In the Cat's Mouth, by Pangorda

“I must own this!  Name your price!” I immediately emailed to MOBA.  But to my infinite sorrow, they steadfastly refused to sell this painting to me no matter how I pestered, cajoled,  threatened or begged.

“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?” –  From “Unseen Forces” commentary at MOBA.

Personally, I think Pangorda was a fan of the Smurfs.  Check out the resemblance between the figures above,  and Gargamel and his cat Azrael:

Gargamel and his cat Azrael

In the Cat’s Mouth seems to be inspired by some sort of hallucinatory substance causing the artist to imagine karma in the form of a giant Azrael, who avenges himself on his former master.

Come to think of it, it’s hard to come up with a piece of good art which provoked as much speculation as this.

So if you can’t be good, be interesting.

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