Mary Lawler Art Blog
14 artists compete for a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum and a $100,000.00 cash prize. With the exception of one photographer, all were painters, furthering the idea that artist = painter and that making it in the art world seems to be confined to New York City, it's galleries, museums, critics, consultants and collectors. This is not to say these contestants are not talented, they most certainly are, some of them in multiple disciplines. The young man who described himself as "self taught" was thrown to the wolves at the get go, and yet Amanda gets canned for not being able to defend her work as a portrait.
The interview snippets sound about as spontaneous as a Soap Opera script and their behind the scenes comments are as set up as it gets, appropriately scattered with backbiting and gossiping. How natural can you be if you are miked all the time with a camera in your face?
The judges are presumably knowledgeable, active in the NYC art scene. I hate to say it but I like the judges, everything they said, every observation they made had sense and depth. Our hostess, China Chow is dramatically stoic and reminded me of the woman on The Weakest Link. Maybe Julie Chen was busy.
I have heard the argument that anything that gets "art" in front of the public eye is a good thing. Well if this is the art world, and this is representative of acceptance and success, you can keep it.
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