It is with some trepidation that I announce tonight’s premiere of “Work of Art,” Season 2 on Bravo.
Modeled after other reality shows involving fashion design or cooking, “Work of Art” puts working artists in unnatural, contrived situations and commands them to create. It’s intriguing to see what they come up with, but painful to watch when an artist collapses under the constant scrutiny, the bitchery and the gamesmanship.
I don’t see a lot of buzz about the show — in fact, I sense that Bravo could have gone either way when deciding whether or not to renew the program. It’s been more than a year since the first season.
About the show: Its full title is “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” and pits 14 artists against each other to win a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum and $100,000 cash.
Much remains the same. China Chow returns as host and judge, as do Bill Powers, a New York Gallery; Jerry Saltz, senior art critic for New York Magazine, as judges. Art auctioneer Simon de Pury returns as “mentor” to the contestants, offering guidance while work is in progress.
This year’s contestants are:
– Bayete – 34, Hometown: New York, NY
– Michelle – 29, Hometown: Bridgewater, NJ
– Dusty – 32, Hometown: Mountain View, AR
– Jazz-Minh – 33, Hometown: New York, NY
– Kathryn – 29, Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
– Kymia -30, Hometown: New York, NY
– Leon – 31, Hometown: Kedah, Malaysia
– Lola – 24, Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
– Sara – 26, Hometown: New York, NY
– Sarah – 34, Hometown: Cleveland, OH
– Sucklord – 41, Hometown: New York, NY
– Tewz – 30, Hometown: Chicago, IL
– Ugo – 33, Hometown: Paris, France
– Young Sun – 28, Hometown: Morton Grove, IL