The Sports Section

SAFE AT HOME
Anonymous
24" x 32", oil on canvas
Anonymous donation
MOBA #292

The old-town team runner successfully avoids the catcher's tag at the plate, only to be swallowed by a mysterious fan. The viewer is left to wonder why the Red Sox player decided to return home from first base.

From - Museum of Bad Art: Masterworks, by Michael Frank and Louise Reilly Sacco, Ten Speed Press

CASEY AT THE BAT
Jeff Ashworth
20" x 16", oil on canvas
MOBA 290

Asymmetrical limbs and a flexible bat help this all-star develop tremendous torque at the plate. The spectators silently gaze, transfixed. Many of them may have also witnessed Christ's entry into Brussels.

Christ's Entry Into Brussels
James Ensor, 1889
ARMLESS JOE (OPENING DAY)
Anonymous
30” x 15”, acrylic on canvas panel
Donated by Lisa and Jim McClellan
December, 2015

Number one-zero looks comfortable batting, quite possibly because, in his haste to begin the season, he stepped up to the plate wearing his comfy slippers.

THE SOUTHPAW
Anonymous
30” x 15”, acrylic on canvas panel
Donated by Lisa and Jim McClellan
December, 2015
  • BADMINTON ANYONE?
    Anonymous
    16"x12", oil on canvas
    Purchased at a thrift store in Boston, MA
    March, 2011

    The genteel social elite in 18th and 19th Century Europe enjoyed playing badminton at lawn parties. The handsome woman depicted in this portrait probably inspired by the 1737 painting GIRL WITH SHUTTLECOCK, by Jean Baptiste Simeon, holds a birdie featuring colorful feathers and a surprisingly modern carbon fiber racquet probably more suited for The Championships of the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon.

  • Girl with Shuttlecock
    Jean Baptiste Simeon

    While fashion of athletic clothing and jewelry have changed over time, athletic women continue to this day to enjoy racquet sports.

  • Serena Williams @ Wimbledon 2012

    Watch the MOBA Curator Talk about this work.

  • THEY MUST BE GIANTS
    C. Charlf
    24" x 16", acrylic on canvas
    Anonymous donation

    It is difficult to discern whether player #6 is about to dunk the ball or making a fine defensive rebound. In either case, the excitement of the moment seems to have caused him to lose control of his bodily functions.

THE ATHLETE
Anonymous
40" x 30", crayon and pencil on canvas
Rescued from trash in Boston, MA
1994
MOBA #71

The bulging leg muscles, the wing tips, the white socks and the pink toga all help to make this one of the most intriguing pieces in the MOBA collection.

This is probably the largest crayon on canvas pieces that most people can ever hope to see.

POINT OF IMPACT
Anna K.
20"x24", acrylic on canvas
Donated by Noah Sawyer
May, 2011

The artist uses faux hi-tech medical imagery, what appears to be a death mask, and a violent image of pugilists in action (based on George Bellows' 1924 painting of a match between Jack Dempsey and Luis Ángel Firpo) to illustrate the inherent danger confronting all the faceless athletes who engage in the "sweet science”.
Watch the MOBA Curator Talk video about this work.


George Dempsey and Firpo
George Bellows (1924)
THE WEIGHTLIFTER
Tom W.
19" high. Fabric strips, plaster of paris, paint
Salvaged from curbside trash in Boston, MA
June, 2007

The artist celebrates the winning can-do spirit of athletes who, eschewing the advice of coaches, trainers, and chiropractors, accomplish impressive physical feats while using unbelievably poor technique.

From: Museum of Bad Art: Masterworks, by Michael Frank and Louise Reilly Sacco

FLIP FLOP, HOCKEY PUCK, TENNIS BALL, PURSE, AND NECKLACE
Anonymous
16" x 20", oil on canvas
Purchased at a thrift store in Boston, MA
October, 2010
MOBA #496

An unusual combination of sporting goods and fashion accessories provides the viewer a feast of color and texture.

The artist made an interesting attempt to make the canvas look like an enlarged 35mm contact print by painting a brown border containing fourteen white rectangles.