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AFC’s Work of Art Season Two Supplementary Program Guide

by Paddy Johnson on October 12, 2011
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Fame is a fickle food. Despite Bravo’s Work of Art finding certifiable Great Artistâ„¢ Abdi Farah no more than twelve months ago, they’re now looking for the next Great Artistâ„¢ – of all the nerve! Season 2 of the reality show starts tonight at 9 pm, and our Supplementary Program Guide has all the information you need to- well, to have slightly more information.

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Work of Art Gears Up For A Second Season

by Paddy Johnson on August 26, 2011
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BRAVO has discovered a new reality show gold mine: the art world. Not only is the network casting for a docudrama on 20-something gallerinas, but yesterday, the TV network released a tear-filled trailer for Work of Art’s second season (beginning October 12th). The series seeks to find America’s next great artist (so far they’ve come up empty handed), once more pitting a few artist hopefuls against one another for a cash pot of $100,000. We’ll soon see what fruits the season has to bear.

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Who Dares to Question The Importance of Art?

by Paddy Johnson on August 23, 2010
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Work of Art isn’t done yet. A week and a half after the final episode airs, and there’s still all kinds of discussion occurring about the show. Some is more productive than others. Artist/art world critic William Powhida wrote a rant last week on the show (he didn’t like it, thought Saltz demeaned himself on […]

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Work of Art Recap: Abdi Farah To Exhibit At The Brooklyn Museum of Art

by Paddy Johnson on August 12, 2010
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As it turns out $5,000 dollars and three solid months of studio time to produce an exhibition goes a long way. This point was demonstrated last night on Bravo’s reality show Work of Art, as audiences watched the final three contestants, Miles Mendenhall, Peregrine Honig and Abdi Farah produce three finished bodies of work for […]

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The Work of Art Recap: Natural Talents Produces Only One Bare Ass

by Paddy Johnson on August 5, 2010
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“Do you think Captain Crunch would make a good dad?” asks Miles Mendenhall, uttering the first words in this week’s episode of Work of Art. The question is of no relevance to this week’s challenge — incorporate stuff you’ve found on your trip to woods into your work — but, this, coupled with a shot […]

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Time Magazine on Bravo’s Work of Art

by Paddy Johnson on August 5, 2010
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Time Magazine’s Carolina A. Miranda, (AKA C-Monster) talks to me and a bunch of other professionals about the art world’s reception of Work of Art, for Time Magazine. Long story short: it’s a train wreck at least one of us will watch another season of. As it turns out that person is me. This week’s […]

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Work of Art: Opposites Attract a Litany of Common Art World Myths

by Paddy Johnson on July 29, 2010
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I hope Bravo re-calibrates its search for art that makes the viewer “feel” something because it seems to encourage the absurd amount of bad portraiture. This ranges from Abdi’s race car driver to this weeks slew of shirtless and pantless portraits. None were any good. Still, this episode offered the capable Ryan McGinness as the guest […]

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The Work of Art Recap: The World’s Lost Central Art District

by Paddy Johnson on July 22, 2010
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“Welcome to Soho, one of the central art districts in the world” explains auctioneer and mentor Simon de Pury to Work of Art contestants, his own company located in the actual central art district, Chelsea. De Pury gave artists a tour of the Kenneth Cole lined streets for this weeks episode, his voice over adding […]

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The Road to Better Challenges: The Art Fag City/C-Monster Work of Art Proposal

by Paddy Johnson on July 19, 2010
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Who wants to see better challenges on Bravo’s reality show Work of Art? Judging by critic Jerry Saltz’ 300 plus Facebook comments on the subject, I’m guessing most of us. Prompted by this clear calling, I teamed up with Carolina A. Miranda of C-Monster.net fame to propose a few suggestions for the Bravo Team.

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Work of Art Recap: The Art Pussy Escapes Elimination

by Paddy Johnson on July 15, 2010
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I’ve come to the conclusion that I’d be much happier if Work of Art were a PBS style reality show a la Frontier House with a series of art historians and critics discussing the realities of art world as we watch the struggling members of the art world. I like drama as much as the next person, but I found Bravo’s focus on artistic disputes at the expense the art particularly disheartening in this week’s public art challenge. Too many of its participants will be left scarred by this show.

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