Candy Art Lover Named Judge on New BRAVO Reality Show

by Art Fag City on January 11, 2010 · 10 comments Newswire

POST BY PADDY JOHNSON

Cynthia Rowley and Bill Powers on the cover of Phillips de Pury & Company’s Taste Makers catalogue. Photograph Dean Kaufman

Variety reports BRAVO has announced their panel of personalities for “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist”.¬† The series will pit fourteen contestants against one another with New York gallery owner Bill Powers, New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz, curator and Salon 94 Gallery owner Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn¬† as judges. Art enthusiast China Chow and auctioneer Simon de Pury will host.

I haven’t seen the show, but I’m not impressed. Jerry Saltz and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn represent credible art world figures as does Simon de Pury, but Bill Powers is closer to a socialite than an actual dealer. He is, after all, married to American fashion designer, Cynthia Rowley and lacks a reputation for producing stellar programming. Owner of Half Gallery, his latest exhibition will showcase the work of sculptor Hannes Bend. Bend’s work includes a blue hard candy replica of Durer’s Praying Hands, a trophy buck, and a black crucifix. If the images reproduced on Animal New York are any indication, the sculptures look just as bad as they sound. Powers was also editor-in-chief at BlackBook until 2005.

The final celebrity on the roster, China Chow, is a British actress and model. According to Artdaily she comes from a family known to have participated in the New York art scene, though this doesn’t seem like much of a qualification to me. If it were, presumably the Association of Chartered Accountants would have already asked me to serve on a panel responding to new tax laws based on my father’s career as an accountant. In any event, it’s unclear what Chow knows about art.

Given these problems, the contest could be an utter train wreck. But that, at least, would be interesting. This is pure speculation, of course, but I’m guessing this show will look a lot more like Shear Genius than it does Project Runway, and simply bore audiences. Lack of substance has this effect.

“Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” is produced by Sarah Jessica Parker’s Pretty Matches and Magical Elves.

  • greg,org

    China is Tina and Michael’s daughter, which probably imbues her with far more NY art world credibility than Powers.

  • greg,org

    China is Tina and Michael’s daughter, which probably imbues her with far more NY art world credibility than Powers.

  • http://anntracy.blogspot.com/ ann tracy

    What were they thinking? Paddy, you should have been on the panel!

  • http://anntracy.blogspot.com/ ann tracy

    What were they thinking? Paddy, you should have been on the panel!

  • http://www.artfagcity.com Art Fag City

    I would have loved to be on the panel, but the critic they chose is a good one. It’s the other professions that are a little more problematic. Speaking of which, a tipster informs me that Hannes Bend is the boyfriend of Cynthia Rowley’s Director of PR. This might explain the show.

  • http://www.artfagcity.com Art Fag City

    I would have loved to be on the panel, but the critic they chose is a good one. It’s the other professions that are a little more problematic. Speaking of which, a tipster informs me that Hannes Bend is the boyfriend of Cynthia Rowley’s Director of PR. This might explain the show.

  • http://twitter.com/lologardens lolo gardens

    i assume this eventually had to happen. My first reaction as a admirer of Saltz is WTF! And also the show in general. But I think this could have potential to create a stronger awareness that there is an art world beyond the MoMa for the lay art lovers. And also, a strong REACTION for artists and artworlders to go more and more “UNDERGROUND” into something much more real than a “reality” tv show. Something MUCH more real. I think Saltz is seeing the bigger picture and in a way taking one for the team.

  • http://twitter.com/lologardens lolo gardens

    i assume this eventually had to happen. My first reaction as a admirer of Saltz is WTF! And also the show in general. But I think this could have potential to create a stronger awareness that there is an art world beyond the MoMa for the lay art lovers. And also, a strong REACTION for artists and artworlders to go more and more “UNDERGROUND” into something much more real than a “reality” tv show. Something MUCH more real. I think Saltz is seeing the bigger picture and in a way taking one for the team.

  • http://whitehotmagazine.com Noah Becker

    There’s a video of Jerry on youtube discussing Murakami. Jerry actually looks great on camera.

  • http://whitehotmagazine.com Noah Becker

    There’s a video of Jerry on youtube discussing Murakami. Jerry actually looks great on camera.

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