The new reality show, “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” is the kind of reality show I’ve been hoping for. Subjecting artists to the same sort of challenge, competition and criticism that other creatives — chefs, interior designers, fashion designers, runway models — have been dealing with.
I’m not crazy about the hosts and judges — there are too many people, period. (Always a problem at the beginning of an elimination series.) The world’s “next great artist” is certainly not among them, either, although the weeks ahead could prove me wrong. But I’m willing to suspend further judgment for a while.
I’ve been wondering about reaction from the world at large. The host of a morning radio show today was savage. He said the contestants appeared to be unwashed, narcissistic, back-stabbing twits. He disparaged the art in general.
Other blogs have also decided not to postpone any verdicts:
The World’s Best Ever found the boilerplate small print at the end of the show and is screaming “sham!”
Art Business News talked to Trong, an established artist who was eliminated in Episode 2. The editor here is “stunned” because she had predicted Trong would actually win the entire contest.
And Entertainment Weekly thought the episode proved “the age-old notion that artists should avoid trying to make art with a message and just concentrate on the art-making, we got a lot of installations or sculptures that tried to show the banality of TV culture: yawn”