In This Issue:
Issue # 101, March 21, 2010
Everyone who lives and works in the cavernous halls of
the MOBA Ivory Tower believes that in art, as in life, size matters. We
have gathered some of the largest pieces in the Permanent Collection as
well as some recent acquisitions and old favorites to present: Bigger,
Badder, Beautifuller. This show opens in Somerville on April 1.
The Opening Reception will be 7 to 8pm in our Somerville Gallery, 55
Davis Square. All are invited. You need not buy a movie ticket to
There will be light (and appropriate) music and refreshments. Beer and
wine are available for purchase in the movie theatre lobby.
If you have art that you want to donate to MOBA, bring it along.
Curator-in-Chief, Mr Michael Frank, will evaluate it on the spot.
Dress code is non-existent, though creative attire is encouraged. Mr
Frank will undoubtedly wear his tuxedo; he seldom misses an opportunity.
Others will surely be wearing shorts and t-shirts.
If you're a student in the Boston area, please let others at your school
know about this event, which will include:
. . . PEARL
. . . James Gann, 1994
. . . 6'x4', oil on canvas
. . . Found in his Brooklyn, NY
. . . basement and donated by Olaf
. . . MOBA catalog #464
Olaf and the MOBA Curatorial staff endured many fruitless hours and
headache remedies attempting to decipher the grotesque faces, disjointed
body parts, amorphous shapes, paint drips, and other abstract elements
in this work. The obvious conclusion, the pink elephant in the room, as
it were, is that they are simply there to provide textural background
for Pearl, who dances joyfully over everything.
The MOBA Maintenance Crew needed the largest truck in the
motor pool as well as reinforcements from the Logistics and Development
Department to retrieve and install this recent acquisition.
. . . MAN IN A PUFFY DISCO HAT
. . . Anonymous
. . . 6' x 6', mixed media
. . . (acrylic on canvas, non-functioning neon tubes)
. . . Salvaged from a loading dock in Boston, MA
. . . after a tip from UPS driver Bob Bean
. . . MOBA # 465
His long sideburns and blond curly hair indicate that the ruggedly
handsome subject, with his lantern jaw, perfect teeth, and movie-star
good looks, was painted sometime in the 1970's; a wild and crazy decade
in which principles of fashion and taste were indelibly changed.
This is one of the largest pieces in the MOBA collection. The two neon
lights in the hat are currently inoperable. There was originally a third
neon tube that has been lost.
Prior to its acquisition, this important work was vandalized by someone
who apparently believed it was a clever idea to add a mustache with a
ball point pen. The MOBA Conservatory Department is currently
researching ways to repair this painting, and hopes patrons will refrain
from touching this and all the other pieces on display.
This new MOBA acquisition needs repair. We would like to repair the
existing neon lights, and, if possible, replace the missing neon along
the top of the hat brim. If you can help, please send a note to Curator@MuseumOfBadArt.org.