Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Museum Of Bad Art Scores Big On Trash Night

BOSTON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One man’s trash is one museum’s treasure.

The Boston-based Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) houses a large collection of awful art acquired from thrift stores, yard sales, and sidewalk trash piles.

According to MOBA’s executive director Louise Reilly Sacco, “trash night” is a good night for MOBA employees, since it’s an easy way to score bad, discarded art for free.

She explains, “We all drive really slowly past garbage cans on trash night. You never know what art you’ll find laying around.”

And while dumpster diving is often lucrative, Sacco says other good sources for “art too bad to be ignored” are dead guys’ houses.

She says, “Dead guys’ houses are my favorite places to find bad art with a history. It’s usually hanging all over the walls.”

Sacco favors bad works by skilled artists where the perspective is off, and the artist’s conception or execution went terribly wrong.

MOBA curator-in-chief Michael Frank – who has “an eye for bad art” and loves pieces with over-the-top imagery – prefers hunting for MOBA additions at yard sales and thrift shops, which he visits every day.

Sacco and Frank share some of MOBA’s collection in their new book The Museum Of Bad Art Masterworks (Ten Speed Press), on shelves this May.

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