Bad Painting  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Bad Painting is a style of crude, roughly drawn figurative painting. The artist Neil Jenney described his work as "bad drawing" in the early 1970s and the term was adopted by Marcia Tucker for a 1978 exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Since then it has been applied to contemporary artists as well as presumed antecedents such as Francis Picabia.


The exhibition "Bad Painting", curated by Marcia Tucker at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in 1978, identified a trend for "bad" or "ugly" painting, "In opposition to the canons of classical good taste." The show featured the work of William Wegman, Joan Brown, William N. Copley (CPLY), and Neil Jenney and was part of a revival of figurative painting at the time.

In 2008 an exhibition entitled "Bad Painting — good art" held at Vienna's Museum of Modern Art provided, according to the museum's director, "The first major historical overview of a phenomenon which has undeservedly received little attention to date." The exhibition included work by Rene Magritte, Francis Picabia, Georg Baselitz and Asger Jorn.


Other artists associated with Bad Painting include Philip Guston, Julian Schnabel and Albert Oehlen, who held two consecutive exhibitions in 2006 entitled "I Will Always Champion Good Painting" and "I Will Always Champion Bad Painting". A critic from The Independent described the first exhibition as "disappointingly good".

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