Haha, yeah, so the Artforum International newsletter landed in our in-box this morning and what was the first article to catch our eye? Why it was Michael Wilson's piece detailing his experience at the media preview of Bravo's new reality series Work of Art: The Next Great Artist set to premier in June. I know, I know, I thought it was April Fool's Day again, too.
As one of the last untapped demographics, we artists can now take heart in the knowledge that, yes, TV does see us as a valuable group of pathetic tools and pawns just like everybody else. We finally made it, kids!
The official website states, "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist will bring together fourteen aspiring artists to compete for a solo show at a nationally recognized museum and a generous cash prize." Okay, that sounds just like a traditional art competition.
This video clip, however, gives us a taste of what the show's really all about, which is--surprise!--bitchin' and moanin' and backstabbin'. Nothin' says classy artist like willingly signing up for televised cat fights and epic diva breakdowns.
Regular readers of this here bloggity blog are well aware that we're all for making the art world less uppity and doing more to connect with the larger society, and everybody knows that just because you're an artist doesn't mean that you're any less susceptible to the tug of the moronic trashy gene. But if you're gonna bother to aim for artistic recognition, shouldn't it be a tad higher than being tagged as the next flavor of the month? Just askin'.