Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn

Jeanne considers the value of art created within the confines of a competition show, and explains why Judith was sent home.

on Jun 23, 20100

 

Are you familiar with the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show? I just watched the film Good Hair, it's shear genius. We are continually reminded that the contest is at the heart of American entertainment. The art world has its own competitions: The Hugo Boss Prize, the Venice Biennale award for 'Best Pavilion,' and the newly-initiated Rob Pruitt Art Awards held at the Guggenheim Museum, where Jerry was awarded 'Writer of the Year.' Just read Linda Yablonsky’s blog regarding Work of Art, in which she complains about the quality of the art and wants more talk about the art. True, Work of Art is no battle of the titans. If it were, it would be a different show, a spin-off in which well-known artists battled for the crown. No matter, we strive to see with a critical eye - in a classroom, museum or gallery, and on this set.

The fun is watching the process, the studio practice. Therein lies the hook - the drama going on behind. How is an art work birthed? Finding the assigned book on the paint tube might be gimmicky, and showing the artists carrying their works into the gallery reads cheap. But what high moments - Miles calculating the time it takes him to read Frankenstein, Jaclyn's bathroom photo shoot, Jaime Lynne blow-drying her watercolor. Bravo's product, their trademark, is capturing the process. Do you remember Bob Ross on PBS’ Joy of Painting - the Mr. Rogers of art? He calmly showed the technique of painting in oil, completing a credible landscape painting in a 30-minute episode. The Joy of Painting is the ultimate package for public programming. I have traded it in for the mess and panic of these studios.

This show works for a range of artists. But the one who will win is both adaptable, and can capitalize on a language built alone in their studio. While not criteria for a great artist, this flexibility remains key. The football kicker practices daily, but he can not redo a botched kick during a game. Watching this reflex, tested under pressure, is our national sport. While Judith drew on her own ambidextrous abilities, she could not shake her hippie idealism, and refused to play along. It was a close call. Jaclyn's drawing was prudish and plain, but we were not ready to see her leave, so she got credit for the possibility of dropping her clothes. Sorry to sound catty, but this group is so tame. To be continued next week...

 

8 comments
Tony Campagna
Tony Campagna

Loved this episode! I do agree with "The Time Machine" win, but was "Dracula" too commercial for your taste? Too straight forward?

Bellacarola
Bellacarola

Obsessed with this show – cannot tell you how many people I have recruited to watch so we can discuss the art & critique. Definitely not for the faint of heart but most entertaining. I am drawn to the studio work/inspiration + critique.

I thought Nao at first was a production plant, sad to see her go - yet they could bring her back ‘Reality TV Style” think Melissa on last season’s Biggest Loser. I am a successful muralist/decorative painter that dabbles in the other fields – this show has inspired me to keep painting – pushing myself to create on alternate levels.

Art Student
Art Student

Judith deserved to go home. In this case, at least, it was not a case of stereotypes and sexism (and I am female, thank you). While it is true that real artists know how and when to break the rules, the fact of the matter is that the assignment was to create a commercial image to be used as a book cover, and her resulting work simply would not sell. In response to what many are saying about Jaclyn's cover for Pride and Prejudice, I think that the painting had the potential to be very good, but it simply wasn't striking enough. Also, the title is so small, it's barely legible. While she IS an artist, she needs to keep in mind that she's selling words, not just a pretty picture on the front.

Pepin
Pepin

Cannot believe that I already look up The Time Machine on Amazon and see John's Cover already!!!! This challenge was spot-on for both his and Mark's style. Bu there is no doubt that Mark's work was sooo close.

kimwatch
kimwatch

i disagree with actualartist completely. i am a 50 year old woman and i would have voted judith off-hands down. no publisher would accept a backwards title for a jane austen work... period. it was not special, not distictive, and as with other episodes, judith showed no focus to her thought process. it amazes me how often people accept shortcomings as the artist being true to themselves. that is a childish excuse. i know that i sound harsh, but i am sincere. someone who truly appreciates art would want to improve right? still no focus after all these years? not cool.

idraw4u
idraw4u

when are the 2nd and 3rd episodes going to be shown on the web site. i don't have a tv and this show is really exciting. of course, i'm also not at all surprised that the senior female was kicked off. i'm very surprised that there are two overweight people still left

VJ
VJ

Hey! How come no one made a big deal out of the fact that Nicole spelled her author's name wrong, too?! She should've been in the bottom 3. It's "Lewis Carroll," not "Lewis Carrol."

rrr
rrr

Actual Artist, I am also a woman and an artist. I would be the oldest contestant on this show (well, younger than Judith). Regardless of one's age, (as an older woman) they are creating art that is thought provoking or not! I thought that Judith should have been sent home on the second episode.

Lily, Peeing -- Shame.... I realize that I'm taking this out of context, but It made me smile to know that the last thing that I would do is project to my granddaughter that she should feel shame for peeing.... I desire to instill in my granddaughter that she can be exactly who she is -- Light.... Art, music, life is present to enrich one's life and in turn one can give back to others through the beauty of love, oneness, and acceptance.

Concerned, I look forward to the next episode. Unfortunately, people feel compelled to project their beliefs onto others. If you don't think that you can handle watching the next episode then don't! This is an ART reality show! Really, what do you expect?

Art may not create world peace, but it makes a difference in the world. Art work can make one stop, think, and feel. Years ago, when I saw an exhibit of Cezanne's work, I remember looking at a painting and how one simple brush mark took my breath away. The bumper sticker on my car says, Art saves lives....