I like that Scope supports emerging artists, but I wish the fair didn’t have to host the second season finale of Jeffery Deitch’s self promotional, semi-exploitive reality tv show, ArtStar. According to HDTV’s press release, this year’s stars will be unveiling their work in Miami next month courtesy of Gallery HD and Scope. As some of you may recall, I didn’t care much for the show the first time around, and despite some formating changes ArtStar looks like it’s up for another bum run.
Problem number one begins with the fact that the show now cherry picks artists from one institution alone; the Chicago Art Institute. There’s nothing wrong with the school of course, except of course, that like every other art school, it has a set of biases, and tends to create a certain type of student. A narrower vision aside, the biggest issue with the show is still produced by Gallery HD, a network that has proved itself inept at editing of any kind. I guess the six of us with high definition television will have to see how these eight “lucky” winners transported to DUMBO and the Miami fairs. I’ll let you know how it goes when I’m there myself next month.
Correction: Jeffery Deitch has not produced this year’s season