Did you catch the first episode of "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist," on Bravo? Since I love art and am shamelessly addicted to reality "contest" shows, I of course tuned in. My take was that is was the "Project Runway" for aspiring artists. So far, I like the show for a couple reasons. One, it showcases visual artists in popular media which up until now has really been lacking. I think this show could make way for more artists and crafters to have shows on TV similar to all the cooking and fashion design shows. Two, I love contest shows. They really get me fired up into dream thinking mode where I think, "UGH, if those people can 'make it' then so can I!". Sometimes that's all I need to get my butt in gear for painting and other tasks that require more work than laying on the couch. That's also how I justify watching these shows - they are inspiration!! Good excuse I know.
So what did you think? The LA Times HATED it. But I think those newspaper art critics can be such art snobs. I say 3 cheers for visual art making prime time TV!
Here is my favorite artist so far: Abdi Farah