After watching this episode, I can definitely say it the most entertaining show so far. For me personally, it provided me with the satisfaction of staging a mini-retrospective of an artist I love, Andres Serrano at Phillips de Pury & Company. It was great to see the genuine excitement on the faces of contestants when they first saw his work and met him in person. While he has been widely known in the art world for a long time, the art market has yet to fully recognize his true significance and his work is, for the moment, still undervalued in financial terms. Listening to his comments to the contestants it demonstrated that no person is better placed to judge the work of an other artist than an artist. In terms of collecting, it is also artists who make the most interesting collections by far.
Jerry Saltz is totally brilliant in this episode, as in all preceding ones. He is as entertaining on camera as he is off camera. His self-deprecating humor in the show, in his blogs relating to the show and in life put him in a league of his own, or in a league with one of my ultimate heroes, Woody Allen.
We live in a time where very few things have the ability to shock. The only work in this episode that truly disturbed me was Mark's. His way of presenting a horrendous theme while utilizing an advertising technique worked. The audience is drawn into the work because of the pretty colors and the presentation. Once you actually realized the subject matter, one cannot help but be overcome with disgust. However the work did not impress the judges, and he was not given a spot in the top three.
I can sympathize with Erik and I understand his reaction when he lamented he was not credited for an idea he offered Jaclyn, an idea that transformed her work from banality to a work that was a contender for the challenge win. The best ideas always come up in informal exchanges between friends or colleagues. It is perfectly OK to pick someone else's ideas, but one should have the elegance to give credit where credit is due.
Sue Williams! Thank the gods for this blog, because I've been trying to remember her name for ever. (Through no fault of her own. I've been out of the art scene for decades.) My brain kept going to Sue Coe, but I knew that wasn't right. Anyway, Williams is awesome. I had a critique with her when I was a painting major, and she is super cool. Her sense of humor is wickedly sharp, and out of all of the guest artist critiques we had that senior year, my memories of hers, plus her lecture, were my favorite. Yay! Go Sue.
I don't know anything about Miles, though (what's on a reality show doesn't count as any sort of viable information) so I have no idea if he would draw any sort of inspiration from her work. But I know that her work has always inspired me.
You know what they say. Good artists borrow, great ones steal. :) Not saying Jaclyn is a great artist. If she were, she would at least have the spheres to deny that Erik had any involvement whatsoever, or at least proclaim that suggestions do not imply ownership, but a decision to use one does.
Besides, the deconstruct-the-male-gaze thing died in the 90s.
Don't mind me. I'm just talking trash about nothing of consequence.
Wow, each episode I think I'm lukewarm on this show, but I really enjoy the afterthoughts. It's like it takes me some time to get it, and your blogs make me really ponder and explore feelings I had watching that I didn't fully understand. And I learn from your references. Sue Williams, I now dig. Thank you.
i am wondering if jaclyn can do work that doesnt include her nude body. its like her fail safe, when in doubt whip out a camera and take a nude pic. there is something to be said for using nudity in art as a provocative statement or even to show nature's beauty, but if an artist continues to take nude pics of themselves its not creative after awhile. why not just star in a porn and get it over with.