This is the second time so far this season that my task as mentor was to wake up the contestants at some unbelievably early hour. You can imagine how early I had to get up that morning to be ready for shooting at 5:30am sharp. When watching the episode, it gave the impression that I was chirpy and full of eagerness and energy to start the new day. I can assure you that it was an optical illusion, since by temperament I am a night bird and I sometimes find it agonizingly hard to get up at the crack of dawn. I always felt people in the auction world were working incredibly hard, but when I see the hours that people in the world of television are clocking my full respect goes out to them. Getting all packed into a small van with the remaining nine contestants and driving out to the impressive plant of the New York Times was actually a most fun experience. It is the longest time I have had the chance to hang around with them, since my contact otherwise is strictly limited to my studio visits and to the gallery openings. Despite the competitive nature of this show, I felt a very positive spirit of camaraderie between the artists and that all of them regarded it as a great opportunity and as a rewarding experience. The printing plant itself was truly impressive, the filmed segments give a sampling of its magnitude. It must be the largest newspaper printing facility of its kind in the world. In the context of the speed of light changes that are due to the advent of the digital world, it also already feels like a symbol of the past.
You should be a judge of the art work, you at least seem to have some knowledge of it. How did China become a judge? my high school students can do a better job critiquing art work.
This is my first time visiting the blog, but I have to say that when I read it, I totally read it with your voice in my head. Love the accent. :)
I think you need a little Tim Gunn on project runway "I trust your style!" It is hard to see you being opinonated and changing an artist's direction on their work of art. These young people need to find themselves and not be streamlined into "past art" or "an established artist work" Art in its true form of expession should be new and changing and emotional.
Is Phillips de Pury a family member of Simon de Pury? (I very much like the sucklord, i was sad he did a weak piece this time)
I can completely relate to the agony of crack of dawn wake up calls. Very few activities can drive me out of sleep before 9 a.m. A short list: Hot air ballooning, ...sex....family emergency. Not necessarily in that order.
I love seeing Simon interact with the artists. I'm always mystified when they criticize his critiques. You clearly know art and what sells--words of wisdom the artists' overall don't seem to realize how fortunate they are to get.