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Work of Art: The Next Great Artist 2 Seasons 2011

Season 2
3.6 out of 5 stars (21) IMDb 7.4/10

Work of Art: The Next Great Artist is a creative competition series that seeks to discover new talent and shed light on the artistic process the typically occurs behind closed doors. Assembled in New York City under the watchful eye of art world elites, 14 up-and-coming artists are ready to make their mark on the industry and battle it out for a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum and a cash prize of $100,000. China Chow, host and judge, lends her artistic grace to the second season of Bravo's cutting-edge competition that brings fine art dialogue to the forefront of pop culture. Returning to the judging panel is Bill Powers, a New York Gallery owner and literary art contributor, as well as Jerry Saltz, senior art critic for New York Magazine. World-renowned art auctioneer Simon de Pury adds his voice of expertise as a mentor to the contestants. This season, the competition has grown fierce, with artists who have studied under Marilyn Mintner, graduated top of their class at Yale, and even had their work sold by Simon de Pury.

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China Chow, Simon de Pury

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1. Kitsch Me If You Can

Fourteen of the art world's up-and-coming artists come together to compete for $100,000 and a solo exhibit at the world renowned Brooklyn Museum on the second season of "Work of Art." For their first challenge, the artists must use pieces of "bad" art, such as a painting of dogs playing checkers, a velvet cowboy, and a sculptural golden peacock as their canvas. Mentor Simon de Pury explains that in order to reach the top of the art world, they have to start at the bottom. Series judges China Chow, Jerry Saltz and Bill Powers will be looking for the artist that distinguishes themselves from the group by turning their abomination into a masterpiece. Renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark serves as the guest judge.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 12, 2011
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2. Art Movement

For their second challenge, the artists must use Parkour, a discipline where participants overcome obstacles using only their bodies to move from point A to point B in the most creative and inventive way possible, as their inspiration. Esteemed curator and owner of Salon94 gallery in New York City, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn returns to the panel as a guest judge.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 19, 2011
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3. Make It Pop

Andy Warhol summed up a generation of consumerism and launched the POP art movement with a painting of a Campbell's soup can. For this challenge, the contestants must create a piece of POP art that captures the popular culture of their time, as effectively as Warhol did. Celebrity culture, music and reality TV are all fair game. This week the stakes are high, as the winning artist will receive a full page spread in Entertainment Weekly. Internationally renowned contemporary artist Rob Pruitt joins the judging panel.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 26, 2011
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4. Back To School

The remaining artists find that their workspaces have been turned into a kid's art classroom, complete with colorful art adorning the walls and mini artists in each of their stations. In the spirit of youthful imagination, artists are challenged to create a piece of art inspired by the original artwork of the child they are paired with. Actress, Executive Producer and member of the President's Committee of the Arts and Humanities, Sarah Jessica Parker guest judges.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 2, 2011
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5. Ripped From the Headlines

In the fifth episode, the contestants are invited to visit the home of one of the most recognized publications in the world - The New York Times. The artists must rummage through bins of newspapers to find a headline that strikes a chord with them and are then challenged to create a piece of art that illustrates the story they selected. The winning artist will have their work hung in the New York Times building. Artist Adam McEwen, best known for his text paintings, serves as guest judge.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 9, 2011
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6. Street Dealers

The remaining artists are challenged to leave their mark on New York with a work that embodies the subversion of street art. Randomly paired, each team's canvas is a brick building's wall in DUMBO, Brooklyn, where they will install their art under the cover of night. After working through the day and night, they reveal their final piece to the public. Legendary street artists Lee Quinones is the guest judge.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 16, 2011
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7. La Dolce Arte

The artists must utilize one automobile component from a Fiat 500 and transform it into a piece of art. From utilizing the engine block, being inspired by the facade, or even using the leather seating as a canvas, the contestants have total artistic freedom. Performance artist and automotive designer Liz Cohen joins as guest judge.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 30, 2011
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8. Sell Out

Simon takes the artists on a field trip through the streets of New York City. After turning a corner, a row of empty tables and easels is revealed -- one for each artist. In the ultimate battle of commerce vs. "high art," the artists will work in teams to create a minimum of one piece of art that they must sell to the public, but that is also worthy of presenting in a gallery show the following day. The winner of the challenge will receive a cash prize; in addition to keeping the money they earned selling their work(s). Jeanne Greenberg-Rohaytn returns to the judging panel this week.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 7, 2011
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9. Exile on Main Street

China and Simon take the remaining artists out of their comfort zone, to a quaint town in the Hudson Valley. The artists wander the streets, meet the locals and seek inspiration from a slower-paced lifestyle. They are instructed to create an undated version of Americana using only materials sourced from the town.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: December 14, 2011
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10. The Big Show

The final contestants have been sent home to prepare a full solo exhibition. Climaxing in a large-scale gala opening at the Brooklyn Museum, the finalists present their collections to the judging panel to determine who will be "The Next Great Artist."

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 21, 2011
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Love this show. Wish it was still on.

OH and some nudity, a bit a swearing, just in case you watch it with younger viewers. All in the name of art though. Nothing raunchy. This show creates good conversations.
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This show might be accessible to a lot more viewers if it weren't so oriented towards conceptual art. Basically the shows put together for the finale are very high on conceptual art and a dialogue between the artist and the viewer. So the show is definitely geared towards leading edge art. It is set in New York City so this figures. I wonder though if the average viewer, who perhaps wants to understand more about art, is going to be lost with this.

For myself, who has always liked conceptual art and who is also an artist, I liked the conclusion. It followed the Project Runway formula right down the line. We had the home visits by the mentor to see how the collections were coming. Then there was a final gallery show from each of the three contestants and a winner was picked.

Their shows were more alike than different with the top two contestants dealing with the deaths of their fathers in leading edge ways. The contestant who won was a good choice who did have an excellent show.

I don't know how this show is doing in the ratings. If it is not doing well, it might try something like THE NEXT BEST PAINTER as its show format as the viewership would enlarge considerably. If it is doing fine in the ratings though, I guess it can stick to high concept art as currently being practiced in New York.
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I loved this show. It's refreshing to see a reality TV show where the contestants are creating things which may endure. Whilst some of the challenges are fun to watch, in particular seeing how the various artists interpret and adapt the challenges, my one criticism would be the show didn't allow the artists enough time or opportunities to demonstrate their own art. It was very high on conceptual art, although this did challenge some of the artists to move beyond their usual art forms. I really wish they'd consider a third season!
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I love that we get to see the process of the artist mind at work. The critiques do not seem sensical- but then again, not everyone likes the same kind of art.
A fun competitive show to watch as an artist or art lover!
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I enjoy this show since I am a self-taught artist and I love to listen to the critics that the artist receive about their work. I feel like I am learning so much from that. It is something that I do not get a chance to get with any of my work so I am at a loss to improve on my work and style. But I do think the artist from the first season were much more talented and I really hope there will be a third, forth, fifth, sixth season and so on.....
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By Sophie on November 5, 2011
This is a very fun show to watch. I'm not a media artist, but my profession is artistic and I'm well educated, fairly cultured etc. I love this show- the artists are young, amicable, and interesting. The art challenges are like any other Bravo competition, but the overall effect is more intellectual and less brash than say Top Chef(which I also love). Much more interesting than Project Runway in terms of both the subject matter and the people - the don't get carried away with a lot of drama on this, the people's personalities are interesting enough that the producers minimize that aspect.
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By felix on November 4, 2011
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They should let these artists create their own art and not give them art school projects to complete. The critiques are a joke and the "experts" are spin doctors and socialites trying to reinforce their credibility with the art world. Jerry Saltz should go back to the 1950's to the 1990's and let contemporary artists get past the "SAMO" that New York has been rehashing for years.
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This episode zeroes in on the hardest issue for any artist: making compromises to produce salable work. If one instead only had to satisfy one's own creative vision, it would be a much easier feat. They literally make pieces which they sell on a New York street during a day. They work in teams of two. Just like all the other shows like this one, the competitive nature among the contestants is accented on the camera throughout. This, of course, is another show by the same people who do PROJECT RUNWAY et al.

I have very mixed reactions after watching the episode. Chiefly, I'm not sure they've picked the right winner. They don't seem to like Lola but her selling a poster of her nude self and then writing secrets about herself on it for the buyers seemed the clear winner to me. Lola is the best looking person in this contest and that seems to me to be causing her more problems than benefits on the show. One of the winning pieces was selling watercolor portraits. These were very good but I don't think the idea was fresh. The other winner, who put cute stuff on men's underwear, I thought was terrible.

I think the judges need to be revamped for this show. I also have my doubts about their Tim Gunn like figure, a Frenchman. I think he throws them left curves more often than helps them.

But all in all it is an interesting show.

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