BRAVO’s Work of Art and America’s Queer Boys, Episode 9: Natural Talents

By Alicia Eler & Patricia Herrmann American culture idealizes the beautiful boy as one who lives “between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood.” Unlike adults, he is alive to “enjoy every second of every minute of every hour of every day…”  The beautiful boy can do no wrong. His natural habitat is […]

Do Opposites Really Attract? Mark Velasquez, Heaven, and Hell on BRAVO’s “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” Episode 8

In Episode 8 of Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, three artist pairs were selected at random, and given an assignment to jointly create works of art about opposing forces. Peregrine Honig and Mark Velasquez worked on “Heaven and Hell,” Nicole Nadeau and Abdi Farah had “order and chaos,” and Miles Mendenhall and Jaclyn […]

Remembering Childhood: Work of Art, Episode 7

What does it mean to be an artist? Where do artists draw inspiration? That’s what the producers of BRAVO’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, decided to ask the artist contestants in this week’s episode, “Child’s Play.”

A Public Display: Work of Art, Episode 6

Creating meaningful art work on one’s own in a short period of time is hard enough, but working on a collaborative project with a team of artists who, as past episodes have revealed, do not share each other’s vision? I was shocked when I learned about this week’s challenge. The remaining eight contestants were divided […]

Emptiness and AUDI on BRAVO’s Work of Art, Episode 5

Last week on BRAVO’s art reality TV show,Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, the artist contestants were given the challenge of driving three Audi cars from the Audi showroom to 47th & Park, and then making a piece based on their journey. The Audi drive was not only a cheesy challenge, it was a […]

Shock to the System is Inspiration on a Thread: Which Artist Can Endure BRAVO’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist? Episode 4

In last week’s episode, artists had to create a “shocking” work of art. Even Art World hardhitter Andres Serrano showed up as a guest judge. Before starting the competition, he gave the artist contestants a private tour of his work, including the infamous Piss Christ, a photograph of a small plastic crucifix floating in a […]