March 12, 2006

Viral Life imitates Bad Art

A few days ago, ├╝berblog BoingBoing linked to a “silly short video” of a grandma kicking a baby. I watched it, and they were right. It was silly and short.

But what caught my eye was the still image from the clip that they used for their entry:

It looked so familiar. And then I remembered the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA), the “world’s only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms.”

The MOBA was founded when a particular oil painting, later dubbed “Lucy in the Field With Flowers,” was pulled from a streetside garbage. The woman in the painting, later identified as Anna Lally Keane, bears a striking resemblance in pose and wardrobe to the woman in the viral video.

And any excuse to tell people about the wonders of the Museum of Bad Art is a good one. So here’s a link to MOBA and here’s a link to the story behind the painting. Check it out.


This is the funniest post up here. Why is no one acknowledging this?!

I’m absolutely certain whoever shot that video has seen that painting.