When I first graduated from art school, Stefan Stux looked at slides of my work and proclaimed, “This may be good, but it’s not going to change the course of art history!” Wouldn’t this make a suitably idiotic catch phrase for Sarah Jessica Parker’s new art reality TV show? According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show, which is being compared with “Project Runway,” has recently been picked up by Bravo. Aspiring artists will compete to produce various styles of artwork (painting, sculpting, etc.), which will then be judged by a panel of (as yet unnamed) experts. Parker’s Pretty Matches production company is developing the project with Magical Elves, the production company that created “Top Chef” and “Top Design.” Rather than mocking artists and the art world, perhaps the show will help make outsiders more comfortable with contemporary concepts and approaches to art making. Although described vaguely, the format will somehow pit artists working in the same media against one another. Let’s hope the show will try to reflect current art practice accurately. Any ideas as to who might be selected for the “panel of experts?” Not Stefan Stux, I hope.
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