Is Art Really Subjective? Visit Boston’s Museum Of Bad Art To Find Out

on December 6, 2013


While you don’t have to be a Picasso connoisseur to appreciate good art, I wonder what the requirements are to appreciate bad art.

One museum in Boston sure knows a thing or two about the subject.

Since 1994, Boston’s Museum of Bad Art (580 High St., Dedham MA) has been dedicated to the discovery, curation and promotion of bad art and to bring it to as wide an audience as possible.

The museum’s collection is housed in three brick-and-mortar galleries. The collection offered includes about 500 pieces but because of the limited exhibition space, only 50-70 are shown at any one time.

The oft-putting paintings are categorized and even these designations are a little out there. In “Portraiture,” you will find work by artists who enjoy putting eyes, ears and other organs in different places in their work. The museum jokes (?) that the artists found here are often inspired by an alien muse.

In “Landscape,” you will find work that celebrates a particular place although it’s probable that you might have never visited any of these yourself. It’s up to the visitor to figure out the location that the artist attempts to depict.

Other categories include “Unseen Forces,” “In The Nood,” “Blue People,” “Here The Symbols Crash,” and more.

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