Minneapolis artist’s work to be displayed in Japan

Tall, thin painting of a cartoon-like dog, painted with thousands of dots and hash marks; the dog is wearing a beaded Egyptian-style collar and skirt and holding a yellow bone. Surrounding the dog are brightly colored dog bonesLong-time Minneapolis artist Mari Newman is happy to know that one of her paintings will soon be included in an exhibit at the AaMo Gallery in the Tokyo Dome City in Japan. Juggling Dog in Hula Skirt will be one of 110 pieces curated by the Museum of Bad Art from November 22 to January 14, 2019.

The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) is a privately owned museum whose stated aim is “to celebrate the labor of artists whose work would be displayed and appreciated in no other forum.” It was originally located in Dedham with current branches in Somerville, Brookline, and South Weymouth in Massachusetts. Its permanent collection includes 500 pieces of “art too bad to be ignored,” 25 to 35 of which are on public display at any one time. More information about MOBA can be found at or on Facebook at

Of Newman’s piece, MOBA staff state, “We can only wonder what possesses an artist to portray a dog juggling bones while wearing a hula skirt. MOBA enjoys the mystery as much as any other aspect of art, however.” Mari says that, many years ago, she bought used canvases while a poor art student, and was unsure how to use a canvas with these (narrow) dimensions. Inspired by a cartoon of a dachshund, she chose that as a subject, but was unhappy with the effect until she added a hula skirt she had seen in a magazine, and colored dog bones she spied in a pet store. Newman wrote to the museum, saying “I almost threw it out until I heard of MOBA. After many years of slashing rejected work, now I wish I had saved them all for you.”

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