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‘Work of Art’ Recap, Episode 3: Rob Pruitt Judges Pop Art

Artist Rob Pruitt and critic Jerry Saltz. (Courtesy Bravo)

In this week’s installment of a certain Bravo reality television show, viewers nationwide were confronted with a fatal jet-skiing accident, sexual harassment, a discussion about the appropriate setting in which to consume a Pimm’s No. 1 Cup, and lots of boobs. Surprisingly enough, however, there were no real housewives involved. The television program of which I speak is actually Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, and thankfully a real artist (guest judge Rob Pruitt) dropped by before the hour ended and steered the show in the direction of, you know, ART, albeit for like 12 seconds. Read More

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‘Work of Art’ Recap, Episode 1

The contestant on "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist." (Photo courtesy Bravo)

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. Read More


Richard Prince Is a Phony: Bargain Hunting at the New York Art Book Fair

A first edition "Catcher in the Rye."

“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. Read More