Tuesday, June 08, 2010
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So, on the eve of the newest art world reality tv show, "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" (which premieres tomorrow, Wednesday, June 9th on Bravo), I thought I would post a few thoughts on the topic. I know I had been following this project for quite a long time now and am anxiously awaiting its initial episode. Do I expect it to be great? Absolutely not. Do I hope it is? Of course. What I expect will take place will be some wonderful train wreck with perhaps some insightful moments. But I shall let the series play itself out and I will be sure to DVR it. This is certainly not the first of the art reality shows. Anyone remember, "Artstar", the Jefferey Deitch project/show? If not, I fully understand why. I have yet to meet anyone who actually did see an episode. More than likely due to its extremely limited availability on some obscure HD channel. I have even spent hours searching for episodes online, all to no avail. Then there is the BBC's, "School of Saatchi" show. This one is new to me. But I did manage to download the first episode. I shall check it out tonight. But then again, it is quite difficult to track down online. You would think in the age of mass communications and digital streaming, being able to watch a show online would not be so hard, even if shown overseas. Region blocking really pisses me off!
So, I would only guess that most of our readers too are interested in seeing what will take place with this take on the Art world reality show. Hearing the following discussion from Mediaweek with the staff of the show doesn't quite help raise my expectations. Then again, perhaps that is what we all need, low expectations. Don't we all seem to have enough of that these days though? I will be sure to say this, any and all preconceived thoughts on the show have nothing to do with the artists, critics, etc. involved but more on the way in which the show appears to be set up. I may very will be wrong. We shall soon see. My concern is that the show expects or slants to search out, or crown only the talented multi-disciplinary artists. While this is becoming more common in the art world, it is in no way a good measure of an artists talent or validity. A great painter may not be in any way a good performance artists. And a great sculptor may simply make a poor painter. Let's hope the show does not go down this path as is the typical play book for other similar reality shows like, Project Runway or Top Chef. Well, that is it for now. But if you want some of the run down on the contestants, check out Art Fag City's post here. You know what I will be watching tomorrow night.