Every week Jerry Saltz writes a recap of Work of Art for NYMagazine. In case you forgot, Mr. Saltz is one of the judges on Work of Art and he is also the senior art critic for NYMagazine. I enjoy the recaps almost more than I enjoy (or hate-enjoy) the show. They help explain the reasoning and critiques of the judges and also de-mystify the reality show process. For instance, the judging committee is told nothing about the contestants. Everything they learn they learn via the critiques or by watching the television show.
I also love the recaps because of the comments section. Mr. Saltz (okay, I’ll call him Jerry, because that’s how I talk to him in the comments), takes the time to read all of these comments and often responds to them. He encourages his readers to talk about and write about and think about art; I love how he wants to make art and art criticism less scary and more popular. I hope that he succeeds.
Each week I’ll be posting the link to Mr. Jerry’s recaps and I’ll also be quoting a selection from the article. This week we had kids, and kid art that was better than most of the art that was made, and Tewz was eliminated (bye Tewz! I didn’t like your name either). You can read my thoughts on all of that in my liveblog.
“The scenes of artists at work in their studios are revealing. Not knowing what to do, Sara J. asks her kid, “Have you ever heard of exquisite corpse?” (I can only imagine what the kid was thinking.) I totally love it when Michelle asks whether she’s allowed to touch them—meaning the kids, not the art. When her inner ghoul talks to her child about “swans pecking people’s eyes out,” I really perk up. I dig Lola and Young’s discomfort with their children. Young jumps the conceptual-art shark, asking his child, “Would you mind if I abstracted your idea?” Lola stares at her kid like it’s an alien (generally my mode of behavior in these situations). Some artists go gaga. Schoolteacher Dusty is a natural. Kimia somehow gets her reticent kid to spin an elaborate backstory for her drawing, and ends up rocking the house with a wonderful Grimm’s fairy tale foray into fantasy, horror, overeating, and innocence.”
Oh, Jerry. Kids bring out the inner sap in everyone.
Once again it is Wednesday, and once again it is time for another amazing Work of Art episode and a hopefully amazing Work of Art liveblog. Just a refresher: last week we our thirteen contestants were now twelve, and they still had names like Sucklord and Jazz-Minh (ungh), and the contestants weathered their third challenge. This challenge required the contestants to make a pop art piece inspired by Andy Warhol, and the guest judge was pop artist and Andy Warhol lover Rob Pruitt. Oh, also, it was a double elimination. DOOM. Young Sun won with his pink and interactive anti-Proposition 8 piece, and he also got a big spread in Entertainment Weekly. Kymia should have won with her boobs and water bottle piece but boobs are not allowed in Entertainment Weekly, so I think she sabotaged herself. Dusty, Jazz-Minh (ungh), Leon and Michelle were in the bottom four, and Leon and Jazz-Minh were eliminated. See ya Jazz-Minh, you GDB. Oh and also China was all “Bayete you are lucky you had elimination this week” which was bitchy and hilarious!
This week the artists are paired up with a kid(!!!) and have to make art based by the kid(!!!) and this should be hilarious. I cannot wait to see what Sucklord does. And how many times he curses in front of his poor kid. Oh lord, these poor kids.
9:00: Yay everyone is sitting around at the loft and waiting and being nervous yay…and in comes Young Sun and Kymia and Dusty and Michelle. Dusty is all “my family, I need to get back on track for my family” and Young is all “yay I won but I don’t have immunity so, balls.”
9:01: Oh man they have a little chalk board list with everyone’s birthdays and zodiac signs and ages and people are being CROSSED OFF as they get eliminated. That is awesome. You know what isn’t awesome? CHINA’S STUPID RED DRESS THAT HAS A HOLE IN IT.
9:02: The sun rises over New York City, and our intrepid artists head out for the day, and discover a studio filled with CHILDREN. WHAAAAT. Sucklord is perplexed because there is a little girl sitting at his desk. He immediately says “I AM THE SUCKLORD” and that poor kid looks so confused.
9:03: Michelle is paired with a boy who is drawing a scorpion tail and he regards her kid with a bit of fear. Dusty is all over this challenge because he teaches 5th graders. Bayete is pretty much worried that the kids will draw better than he can which, valid. Oh hey China has bangs now, when did that happen. They look good!
9:04: Look! Sarah Jessica Parker! Kymia calls her a “fairy art-mother” which is awesome. SJP introduces the kids who are from Studio in a School, and they are from the NYC public school system. Dusty is super thrilled about this whole thing. Each kid has brought a work of art they have done, and the challenge is to create a work of art that is inspired by and compliments the kids’ works of art.
9:05: SJP gets to be a judge i think? Random observation: Lola looks like Eliza Dushku. So, we meet the kids. Sara P. has a little girl named Zelda who has made a word collage. Dusty is paired with a boy named Kei, who has a piece with a lot of negative space. Liora and Isabel, who are with Bayete I think, have this lovely line drawing piece, and their work has already been in a gallery lucky her. Marlo, who is with Sarah K., did a silhouette piece.
9:06: Reynie, who is with Sucklord, did a painting of a Harry Potter tree thing. Sucklord is thrilled by Reynie because she was raised by parents who had Star Wars figures on top of their wedding cake, so she’s a big nerd too! Victory!
9:07: SJP and China leave. Gabriel, who is with Sun, did a bird mobile. Kyle, who is with Tewz, did some kind of a vegetable piece? i have no idea. Anyways everyone is brainstorming now. Lola’s kid is all “oh no, doom,” which, yeah.
9:08: Kymia is paired with a girl named Alana, whose piece is a carrot on a beach. This really stumps Kymia because, I mean, a carrot on a beach? But Alana appears to be full of like, stories, of this little girl who eats carrots and has dropped her carrot and likes carrots or something like that? Anyways, the kids all go away now.
9:09: And our contestants go to Utrecht. We get Lola’s backstory. Her mom dated Al Pacino for TEN YEARS which is INSANE LOLA WHY HAVE YOU NOT TOLD US THIS BEFORE?!?! Wow. Tewz, who had one of the vegetable pieces by a kid named Kyle, decides to make a piece about the idea of growth and growing, using the word “grow.” I hope he makes it all grafftti and what not. Oh also evidently his graffiti got him a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago, which is cool. Yay Tewz.
9:10: Sucklord is worried about letting his kid down. He’s getting all choked up about the kid. aw, Sucklord has a heart. Sucklord is GROWING on me guys, I know he seems like such a douche but maybe he isn’t really a douche? Sucklord loves being around kids, probably because he’s a big kid himself. That’s sort of adorable. And I was all worried about how he’d handle this, guess I was wrong!
Once again it is Wednesday, and once again it is time for another amazing Work of Art episode and a hopefully amazing Work of Art liveblog. Just a refresher: last week we our fourteen contestants were now thirteen, and they still had names like Sucklord and Jazz-Minh (ungh), and the contestants weathered their second challenge. Oh also, Jeanne from last season was the guest judge, I love her. The artists had to create exhibits based on movement as embodied by Parkour. Bayete won with his simple yet moving video piece, and Kathryn lost with her stagnant, academically limited video piece. Also, ugly crying. Farewell Kathryn, you may have looked like Lisa Loeb, but your ivory tower ramblings and overuse of the phrase “visceral tableau” (and ugly crying) were dreadful.
This week the artists are tasked to create a piece of POP (yes, they spelled POP in all caps in the episode summary) art that reflects current popular culture. I’m guessing they’ll be going to visit the Andy Warhol sculpture near Union Square? Let us get to it!
9:00: Heeeey we’re back! Guess who just had a big margarita? THIS GIRL. This will be awesome. The survivors trickle back to the loft and recap the critique for those who did not see it, I basically recapped it above, so no worries y’all.
9:01: CHINA YOUR DUMB DRESS STILL HAS A HOLE IN IT WTF. Ungh. We’re going to have to look at this shit all season y’all.
9:02: Michelle talks about how being in the top two for two times in a row is making her nervous, because she could just as easily be in the bottom. Suxor. Anyways, everyone’s on their way to Simon’s gallery on Park Avenue. I’ve been by there! Young Sun says it is like going to the house of royalty. When they get to the gallery they have a line of tin cans to follow. I’m guessing this is their ANDY WARHOL INTRODUCTION?!
9:03: OH SNAP IT IS. The artists arrive in a room filled with blank tin cans, with an Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup Can canvas hanging in midair (seemingly). Sarah K. is all “Oh wow I’m seeing it in person” (which, girl, come on, Andy’s art is all about reproduction so he doesn’t really give a shit whether or not you ever saw it in person) and Young Sun is all “my last piece was inspired by Andy. Of course.
9:04: POP IS BOLD. POP IS BRAVE. POP IS SEX. POP IS LIFE. POP IS FRESH. POP IS POLITICAL. SO MAKE IT POP. Simon said all that (of course), right after China, in a weird turquoise jacket thing with giant black dots, tells the artists that their task is to make a pop art piece. Oh goody, this should be awesome.
9:05: Utrecht Art Supplies! The budget for each artist is $150. Jazz-Minh doesn’t know pop culture, because she’s a HIPPIE. The Sucklord is going to make a giant piece about Charlie Sheen, complete with tiger’s blood and warlock dust. He also needs Lola to pose naked for him, because he needs a naked sexy lady. Okie dokie.
9:06: Young Sun and Dusty and Tewz discuss their feelings on pop art. Tewz feels that he could be a contender to win because he loves Nintendo and Mutant Ninja Turtles. He’s making a Fad-X truck, which will ship in pop art, that could be funny. It will probably be awful. Kymia believes that pop art is about art that sells you something; she’s making an environmental piece about water bottles…
9:07:…And she’s photographing herself naked for it! Lots of boobies in this challenge y’all. Dusty’s going to do a piece on fast food, because his dad has had heart attacks, and because he lives in Arkansas and I guess they only have fast food in Arkansas? I don’t know y’all.
9:08: Sucklord is attracted to Lola, despite having a girlfriend, who will cut his balls off if he says something about being attracted to Lola, which he does anyways. He does not, btw, photograph Lola naked. I guess I misunderstood. Leon decides to do a picture of American countries sort of juxtaposed against an American flag. He does it on glass. Pretty. Jazz-Minh is doing a piece based on Brittany grimacing for the papparazzi. She’s going to base it on Warhol’s Marilyns.
9:09: AHHHH JAZZ-MINH HAS ONE OF THOSE SCARY INSIDE LIP TATTOOS. HERS SAYS “BITE ME”. SHE SUCKS SO MUCH. Her sister’s evidently says “epic as fuck” and so she got her stupid inner lip tattoo as a show of solidarity. I hate Jazz-Minh so much y’all.
9:10: Michelle, who says her art isn’t really pop at all, is painting a bunch of Coca-Cola cans. She asks “is this too derivative” and everyone, including me, is all “YES THIS IS DERIVATIVE.” Girl. Commercial break y’all!
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