Tuesday, January 02, 2007


Many of you have come across the Museum of Bad Art in your web wanderings, but for those who haven't, it's a stop you can't miss. I visit every now and then when I need a pick-me-up. Works better than a martini.

Pictured here is the beautifully-painted masterpiece that started it all, Lucy in the Field With Flowers:

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."

The Museum Of Bad Art was founded the night Scott Wilson pulled this painting from a trash pile on a Boston street. It is the cornerstone upon which the entire institution was built.

Do check it out.


Blogger Caroline said...

Oh dear is that bad art... I like it ;-)

thanks for the link Andrea, I've not been there before!

3/1/07 1:42 AM  
Blogger carla said...

I've been droppping by the Museum of Bad Art for years...it's a true feast for puzzled eyes! This certainly gave me a chuckle in my early morning stupor:>

3/1/07 2:21 AM  
Blogger Ces said...

I discovered it last year. I was so tickled.

3/1/07 4:57 AM  
Blogger kj said...

the snob in me doesn't want to even take a peek. should i, really?


3/1/07 5:30 AM  
Anonymous swampgrrl said...

woah. that's hilarious. i'm gonna stop over there.
meanwhile, in the utility muffin research kitchen swamp branch, i am burning that talking heads for you.

as for you age comment on the swampblog, the talking heads still rock, grrl. we are old, but we can tell better than anyone when music is just fu**ing good. you're gonna love it -- you can just hear david byrnes spazzing out on stage against tiny weymouth's funky bass lines.

3/1/07 6:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is all good fun! I was just reading a bit in Southwest Art magazine wherein the author was debating whether or not to spend the asking price of $6.99 for a western themed painting in a thrift shop. Decided not to right away and then went home and googled the artist's name only to discover that it was a famous artist of cowboy/western themes. He rushed backed to the thrift store, plunked down the full asking price of $6.99 and then sold it at auction for $75,000. Not too shabby for what he thought was bad art!

I think those are few and far between! If only we could be so lucky?

3/1/07 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must not be searching in the right places. Where do you come up with these things.

Took a quick jaunt over to the site. Amazing !!

3/1/07 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neat site, I will have to look around it more. I kind of liked the lady in the chair painting:o)

3/1/07 4:24 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Caroline and Kim: I have to admit that this painting appeals to me, too. I can see it either in a chipped, fake-gilt frame on a trailer park wall or, much enlarged, on the stark white wall of an avant garde art gallery. How cool is that?

3/1/07 4:28 PM  
Anonymous eb said...

I haven't been to the site you mentioned yet - but I will - right after dinner - I did want to thank you for visiting and your kind comments - tried earlier but the service was slow and I took the creative distractor for a walk or vice versa - cheers! eb.

3/1/07 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He he! I've never seen or heard of that before. Very good indeed! Thanks.

3/1/07 4:34 PM  
Anonymous AscenderRisesAbove said...

thanks for the reminder; I havent been back to that site in quite a while. like you I think this painting is a kick and a half. literally. she's kicking up the daisies

3/1/07 8:00 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I've just spent a half hour checking out every page of bad art - the curatorial writings are brilliant. I'm still laughing.

3/1/07 9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is hilarious, thank you Andrea.
I especially like the portrait of Peter the Kitty.

3/1/07 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the referral, never heard of it but I will stop by and check how bad :) Happy New Year

4/1/07 6:01 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

And I’ve just tagged you - I hope you don’t mind!

4/1/07 9:25 AM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Trailer park wall! yes! What a great idea for a site...

4/1/07 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the very much needed laughter!!!! I loved the next one, Sunday on the Pot with George and the commentary made me laugh so hard: "This pointillist piece is curious for meticulous attention to fine detail, such as the stitching around the edge of the towel, in contrast to the almost careless disregard for the subject's feet."

4/1/07 10:04 PM  

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