It was a lively atmosphere on the 16th floor penthouse of the artsy Roger Smith hotel in midtown last Wednesday. Some 30 people had crammed into a small library and tucked themselves in behind white tablecloths to sip bourbon and watch the giant TV that had been set up at the front of the room.
Work of Art
If you don’t already know the Bravo reality television show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, it’s because you a) don’t live in the real world, and so have never heretofore encountered reality, or b) hate joy and astounding things like art and executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker’s tiny torso, or c) don’t own a TV, because you’re one of those people. But FYI, the second season of Work of Art premiered Wednesday night, and if you’re ready to jump on in for round two of the self-referential, critical/gladiatorial brawl, I’m here to offer you a week-by-week primer on what transpired. Because, you know, sometimes reality television can be confusing without someone there to break it down for you.
“You want to go mosh out to the sweaty zine tent?” said Bill Powers, curator, Half Gallery owner and reality TV judge, as we descended the staircase at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 last night. Mr. Powers was our guide for the evening. As he asked the question a young woman passed us going up to the third floor. “Mosh out in the zine tent,” she sang to herself when she thought we were out of earshot.