Friday, September 3, 2010

Artists On Reality TV

As I was reading the latest edition of Art Business News, I learned that there was a reality TV series on Bravo where 14 artists competed. "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist," shared the stories of the artists and their processes for creating art, along with insightful critiques from a panel of notable art-world insiders.

The judges for the Bravo show included art collector and series host China Chow; New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz; and gallerists Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Bill Powers. Art auctioneer Simon de Pury participated as mentor to the contestants, and a different guest judge joined the panel each week. The Brooklyn Museum’s John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Eugenie Tsai, advised in the final selection of the winner.

I went to Art Business News blog and watched some of the videos.

After three months of creating works of art and beating out tough competition, Abdi Farah came through as the uncontested winner of “Work of Art.” Along with the $100,000 cash prize, he also earned a solo exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Abdi Farah discusses his work in this video. The figurative paintings, sculpture, and drawings on view at the Brookly Museum reflect his investigation of the human body as a material entity that possesses the potential to transcend its physical being.

Abdi Farah
Resin, mixed media, spray paint

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