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Work Of Art – The Next Great Artist: If You Think Reality TV Is Not For Hipsters You’re Wrong

A lot of reality TV is seen as being trashy, like Geordie Shore or The Bachelor, however there is a lot of reality TV that showcases some amazing talent, and Work of Art – The Next Great Artist is one of those shows.

This show is a competition involving fourteen artists who are battling it out to win the prize of an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. This is NOT a shabby prize at all.

Each week the up-and-coming artists are given different challenges to showcase their talents but also they must avoid elimination. It is a fabulous concept that enables these people who do not have art world connections and may struggle to get their talent noticed to showcase themselves on a national stage. Well in fact an international stage as it has been screened in a number of countries.

The host and also judge is China Chow, and the other judges are Bill Power, Jerry Saltz, and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. Also Simon De Pury is a mentor.

The show comes from the Bravo stable who have an excellent track record with these sorts of shows. They conceived Project Runway , Top Chef and Shear Genius.

And if you think reality TV is not for hipsters you are wrong. As one of the judges Bill Power said in an interview “You know if Andy Warhol was alive today he would want to be a co-producer on a reality art competition”.

The show starts on STUDIO tonight 14 March at 8.30pm.

The only negative is this show screened in the US in 2010 and it is disappointing that it took so long to get onto Australian screens.

And yes an Australian version on this show would be fabulous.

To see interviews with the judges see below.



1 Laura { 03.14.12 at 1:19 pm }

I love love love this show! I have been streaming it from the US so I am really glad that Australians will be watching it – so I have people to discuss it with!

It reminds me of Project Runway when it was on Bravo – people with real talent, good judging, silly challenges with impressive results.

And you’re right, RR, it would make a great format for an Australian reality show. You know, I was thinking the other day about Australian art and I couldn’t name one young artist… It’s terrible.

2 Reality Raver { 03.14.12 at 1:32 pm }

Laura your a right, also it brings art to the masses. Makes it more obtainable and relevant. I think it would make people more inclined to go and see it and buy it.

3 Rob { 03.15.12 at 9:59 am }

I’ve been watching this from the States too, really like it, it’s comfortable because the format is recognisable (as Laura says, it’s like Project Runway) but the arty content of the show is really quite interesting as something other than contrived story lines. It’d be a good local pick up and I’m sure Shine will have a go at it and wreck it.