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by Giovanni Garcia-Fenech
|Back in 1980, the art dealer John Cheim organized a show at Robert Miller Gallery called "Found Paintings," in which he invited artists to exhibit works that they had discovered at flea markets, garage sales or the Salvation Army. Thus were the floodgates of "thrift store art" opened in the Postmodernist art world. Today, art lovers seek out found-art masterpieces for their primitive honesty, poetic forgottenness -- and low price.
Here is a selection of web sites that specialize in found art. They all seem to be constructed purely out of love and enthusiasm -- the art isn't for sale!
Jim Shaw's Thrift Store Art
The PSB Gallery of Thrift Store Art
Museum of Bad Art
Bad art at The Metamorphic Vortex
Huge Magazine's Thrift store art gallery
Bad Art Gallery
Weird, Strange & Just Plain Bad Art
GIOVANNI GARCIA-FENECH is a painter who lives in Brooklyn.
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