Monday, July 6, 2009

A reality show for artists?

When I first read about this, I thought it was a joke, but apparently it’s official. Richard Lacayo (Time On Line) and Digital City TV both write that Sarah Jessica Parker and Bravo are going ahead with a Top Chef like competition for artists.

“In each episode of the series, contestants will create unique pieces highlighting art's role in everyday life, while they compete and create in a range of disciplines including sculpture, painting, photography and industrial design (to name a few). In working beyond their preferred mediums, artists will have to adapt quickly in order to succeed. Completed works of art will be appraised by a panel of top art world figures including fellow artists, gallerists, collectors, curators and critics. The finalists' work will be showcased in a nation-wide museum tour.

This leads to a few questions. Are these artists, curators and critics going to issue the snap judgments that judges on Top Chef and Project Runway pronounce? You might be able to get away with that when you're talking about a tuna tartare on a pool of lingonberry foam but I don't think it will work for something, like art, that takes a little longer to process. And where will they find people even willing to try?

Hmmm....Jeff Koons, check your messages.”

Are artists really that desperate for fame and fortune? I'm one and I know that I'd rather have a visit from the Spanish Inquisition than participate in this humiliating farce.

1 comment:

Bill Stankus said...

I've known a few avant garde conceptual artists who would be more than willing to do such a show.

With those cats as exceptions - anything on that kind of TV will be pseudo art at best.

And whatever IS done, won't be art, just garbage of some kind that the audience will oww and ahh about.

This is America and crap sells really well here.