Bill Powers

Bill loved that Kymia's exhibit brought viewers to a new world.

on Dec 21, 20110

I told Young during the finale crits that his installation reminded me how we all live three lives: our public life, our private life, and our secret life. His projected biography interweaving Korean family traditions with his first generation experience as a proud gay man was about as all American as it gets. Seeing him pay tribute to his late father echoed a famous quote from Ayn Rand about our mortality when she said, "It's not I who shall die, but the world which will end." Now that I think about it, the same sentiment probably applies to reality TV competitions. In Young's case, he mined his father's death for all the material he could get, and it rang out as personal, political, and (like Kymia's show) semi-mythological. It's a tough tightrope to tread on the path to universal appeal and the abyss of the generic is a bottomless pit. 

12 comments
Alex from AZ
Alex from AZ

Let's be totally honest,

Season 2 tanked! It was boring and felt like a Martha Stewart's arts and crafts club. There are so many artist-wannabes with absolutely with absolutely no talent, and many of them found a spot on a show. (Lola for example). The first season was amazing, and the second season had to top it. But it missed to reach the mark.

I can't blame Bravo for canceling. Another channel needs to pick up this show and give it some justice.

Sharon Kay
Sharon Kay

Hi Bill, when will we see Season 3? Thanks! Sharon

Sharon Kay
Sharon Kay

Hi Bill! Loved the show and wondered when we will see a Season 3. Thanks! Sharon

J.Alvear
J.Alvear

I am a seventeen year old who has attended a art school for seven years, (I am an artist) so I absolutely love the show Work of Art- and I find the show extremely inspirational to "striving artists" like myself- this show also allows young artist a show to occupy their time and even enjoy themselves with. It shows the public that you can express yourself through many concepts, and I feel that in this time our world really needs a revolution of culture. I would literally want nothing more than to be on "Work of Art" but I have been searching the internet and have found absolutely nothing on applications. If anyone reading this has time --- check out my blog ( the blog displays all of my creations and experimentation processes with materials -including sound, image, concepts, and materials.) Blog: www.artalvear.tumblr.com ( i am looking for critiques and construct-full criticism on my work and essentially my personal meaning and interpretations of life. -sincerely Alvear

D E Paez-Ramirez
D E Paez-Ramirez

Not an artist / A consumer / & Just an opinion: Art is that product of any one artist's vision that the artist precariously sets before another, or others, in manipulation of their cycle of growth in materials usage - and craft - which is to artist's sensibilities least embarrassing deployment of what the artist, in their slice of universe, is compelled, or impelled, to bring forth in representation of singled-self or, in relation to the whole silly and profound circuitry of circus enjoyed - or deplored, loved or abhorred - as 'the beat of the beat goes on' . . . I for one, just want to SEE it . . . (everyone's and all of it {sigh, would that I had the time . . .)

BTW: where are the 'copies' mentioned of artwork that's to be obtained?

WitchesBrew
WitchesBrew

So glad Kymia won, her show was amazing. Her art shows great talent and a great mystic with emotion rolled in. Sara's show was good, I have feeling it had a greater impact in person. Young, uh, no passion, no art, no talent, such a self absorbed waste of a show. Would have loved to have seen someone other than him reach the finale.

Zee Vee
Zee Vee

To faisiarts: Well said!

battuta
battuta

I agree with most of the crits, though I would say you missed the point when you said that Sara's work was disconnected. The piece was based on confessions by strangers not connected to one another, so the different pieces reflected that.

Aimlesswriter
Aimlesswriter

Great show last night and I'm so glad Kymia won. I think her art through the season stretched and reached places she never would have gone without The Work of Art challenge. I'm praying for season three. This show is inspirational to anyone who is working toward a goal. Come on Bravo! Give us another season!

Linda D.
Linda D.

Yes, where is that applause? Each of the finalists dug deeply to produce their show and I respect their effort, skill and editing. The results were incredible. This program assists the audience about viewing art and how a respectful engagement can yield rewarding critical thinking.

We all know an elimination show can remove viable talents for a difficult day and that some days a judge may view a work differently from the rest. I nod to all in this process and look forward to the next round.

fasiarts
fasiarts

This was the most disappointing and anti-climactic episodes of the entire season. These are there very unique and interesting artist that became so mired in having to come up with a MEANINGFUL MESSAGE because everyone knows that ART is not ART unless there is a truly MEANINGFUL MESSAGE behind the work. Really? I think all the judges and the art world in general did these artists a great dis-service.

Sara's watercolors are truly amazing. But that wasn't enough for her because it is no longer enough to produce good work. The art world these days exist to promote art that either is so conceptual that it cannot exist without an explanotry narrative or is so anti-art that one is afraid to dismiss it because one can be perceived as archaic or not hip enough to GET IT, whatever the IT is.

"One of the most important things about being an artist is the willingness to embarrass yourself in public." (Sara : Jerry Saltz)

Really? How about just presenting visually stunning work?

Young's work was all over the place. With all due respect to his memory of his father, it was melodramatic and tugged at the emotions but was meaningful mainly to him.

Kymia won because her work was in general more technically proficient than the other contestants. "It would have been a more boring show if it had been drawing, drawing, drawing, drawing, drawing." (Jerry Saltz).

Really? The drawings were her strongest part of the show. The headpiece and gravesites were well-crafted, but would not have been missed had they not been included. Without the drawings her show would have fallen completely flat.

Here's an idea for a performance piece - an artist lies naked in a bed of cow manure and imagines a better life but tells us that in essence life is sh** and that one never ever escapes the essential mortality of one own being!

Oh wait, that's probably Damien Hirst's next show.

rufferoff
rufferoff

All I can say is: WORD! +1