As I blogged about back when the original casting cal
l went out, Bravo and Sarah Jessica Parker
's production company Pretty Matches are working on a reality TV series in the America's Next Top Model
, um, model, but for contemporary artists. Now, Artdaily
reports that the show will be called "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" (yawn), and though no air date has been set for the first episode of the one-hour series, hosts and judges have been named, and the lineup is rather impressive. Model, actor and art world fixture China Chow will co-host with auction house overlord Simon de Pury, while the panel of judges will consist of New York
art critic Jerry Saltz, and New York gallery-owners Bill Powers of Half Gallery
and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn of Salon 94
. There will be an additional guest judge, who will change every week.
The series is set to begin with 14 artists and work its way down to one winner through a series of assignments and projects in every conceivable medium, with the last artist hanging receiving a big cash prize and an exhibition at a major museum. I can't wait to see what torturous catch-phrase they come up with for eliminated artists: "Kitsch your dreams goodbye," or maybe "Get back to the drawing board."