Reality show seeks contemporary artists

Still looking for your 15 minutes of fame? Cable network Bravo is now casting for an as-yet-untitled art project produced by Sarah Jessica Parker and the makers of “Project Runway.” Read on:

How do you go from struggling, emerging or even semi-established
artist to selling a complete show for $198 million? It’s a big art
world out there, but maybe this is one place to start! …

If you’re an emerging or mid-career artist with a unique, powerful voice that demands a bigger stage – well. . . Here. It. Is.

We want contemporary artists. Your medium could be one of many (or
several of many) – painting, sculpture, installation, video,
photography, mixed-media – we want voices that believe in their art and
want the world to know.

On the application, which you can download from the Bravo site, you can get a feeling of how they’re setting up the show by the questions they ask:

What is the most scandalous thing you have done in your life as an artist? For your art?

What annoys you about other artists?

What is cliche in the art world right now?

Meow! If the reality formula holds true, they’ll find a lot of hot young artists with big egos (and one poor sucker with humility), put them in a house, submit them to public judgment and watch the sparks fly. The show…

will bring together twelve aspiring artists to
compete for a gallery show, a cash prize and a sponsored national
tour. In each episode, contestants will create unique works of art
highlighting art’s role in everyday life, while they compete and create
in a range of disciplines including sculpture, painting, photography
and industrial design (to name a few). In working beyond their
preferred mediums, artists will have to adapt quickly to changes in
order to succeed. Completed works of art will be appraised by a panel
of top art world figures including fellow artists, gallerists,
collectors, curators and critics. The finalists’ work will be
showcased in a nation-wide museum tour.

If you think you’re up for it, there are casting calls in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York starting this weekend. (And, for the love of god, tell me if you apply!) The show films on location for three to five weeks this fall and again next year. Click here to see the details.

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One thought on “Reality show seeks contemporary artists

  1. Natasha Sazonova

    Finally! I was wondering how long it would take TV executives to come up with a reality show about modern artists. Hopefully some people we’ll become interested in art by feeling a human connection to modern artists. Although, I’m a bit afraid that if Bravo gets a bunch of self-obsessed under-appreciated ‘geniuses’ – the show might just have the opposite effect.