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Sarah Jessica Parker's art-themed reality show to kick off June 9

April 8, 2010 |  3:29 pm

Parker It looks like Sarah Jessica Parker will be having a busy summer, with two major screen projects scheduled to open within several days of each other.

The actress will star in "Sex and the City 2," which opens on May 27. She will then unveil her new reality show, "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist," which is set to debut on the cable station Bravo on June 9 at 11 p.m.

"Work of Art" is the creation of Parker's production company, Pretty Matches. The show will feature 14 artists competing against each other for a $100,000 cash prize and a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum. 

Organizers of the show said Thursday that for each episode, contestants will be tasked with creating unique pieces of art in different media, such as painting, sculpture and photography. 

They hinted that possible challenges include "using a trash heap as their canvas" and "creating original cover art for a classic novel."

The judging panel will feature three art-world big shots:  Bill Powers, a New York gallery owner; Jerry Saltz, art critic for New York magazine; and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, the owner of Salon94 gallery in New York.

Model and socialite China Chow will serve as another panelist as well as the show's host. Simon de Pury, the renowned art auction executive, is expected to put in an appearance as a mentor to the contestants.

Last summer, producers of the show held open casting calls in L.A., New York, Chicago and Miami. (The L.A. tryouts took place at LAXART.) The application instructions for potential contestants said the show's producers were looking for "emerging or mid-career" artists.  

On Thursday, the organizers also released the names of the 14 contestants. They range in age from 23 to 46 and hail from all over the U.S., plus one from abroad.

Abdi - 23, hometown: Baltimore
Amanda - 35, hometown: Chicago
Erik - 31, hometown: Homer Glen, Ill.
Jaclyn - 26, hometown: Miami
Jaime Lynn - 25, hometown: Lawton, Okla.
John - 40, Hometown: DeKalb, Ill.
Judith - 62, hometown: Albany, N.Y.
Mark - 32, hometown: Santa Maria, Calif.
Miles - 23, hometown: Minneapolis
Nao - 46, hometown: San Joaquin, Calif.
Nicole - 25, hometown: New York
Ryan - 27, hometown: Libertyville, Ill.
Trong - 38, hometown: Saigon
Peregrine - 33, hometown: San Francisco

-- David Ng

Photo: Sarah Jessica Parker at a special screening of "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" at the Paley Center for Media on Wednesday in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Comments () | Archives (10)

I don't know... but, one of the contestants is pretty bizarre, www.naobustamante.com, wonder what she'll come up with...

The only good this show will do is to become the next thing serious artists begin making fun of in their own art.

This could be a very creative reality show and one that would be welcomed. A little bit of culture and art wouldn't hurt Americans.

Artists getting exposure is always a great thing for the US. However, I'm not sure if SJP is the gold standard to present such an show. I feel the mere approach to the show simply shows the Hollywood grasp.. It’s not enough to be a great actor but now you have to be a producer and so on. Just because you're a great painter, doesn't mean you'll succeed in photography - vice versa. In the words of Mitch Hedberg, ‘OK, you're a cook. Can you farm?’

I'm curious to know if the casting call information was distributed thru the art scene. If so, Joseph VOGT would have been on that list for sure. His B&W's carry on the legacy of Mapplethorpe without copy and deserve attention in the national limelight. On the surface, sure there are commonalities. However, both have the same luxury of creating a presentation that benefits from the genius of surrounding themselves with very, very interesting friends.

Don’t take my opinion, see for yourself. http://jsvogt.com

Looking very much forward to seeing this. I know there is a slew of nay-sayers out there who are putting the show down. To them I say: Anyone who says an artist won't make it by dint of being on this show is as out of it as anyone who says an artist will make it by being on the show. The medium is not necessarily the message.

Who knows...this could really prove valuable to the selected artist participants and to the art-naive American public. It just might spark a new generation of art enthusiasts.

This is so lame. Art has such a hard time being taken seriously in America already. I'm scared its just going to perpetuate the artist stereotype and turn it into a joke.

The show makes the contestants look desperate. Artists shouldn't be cornered into using certain academic criteria to be judged. The parameters they give would even be insulting in art school. I don't think this show would spark any art or cultural interest. But, as any media appearance does, it will draw attention to the contestants, for a little while. Not just my opinion, I'm sitting here with other professionals....those of us who are fine artists and make a living at it without 15 minutes of fame on a Reality show.

We have been doing this a while in Toronto already:


Check out Art Battle from Toronto. Definitely not an original idea...


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