“Art at Arm’s Length: A History of the Selfie” by Jerry Saltz — New York Magazine

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I am honored to be a part of Jerry Saltz’s take on the selfie in his column for this week’s New York Magazine. Check out the quote here: Selfies are usually casual, improvised, fast; their primary purpose is to be seen here, now, by other people, most of them unknown, in social networks. They are never […]

Finding The Hero on BRAVO’s Work of Art, Episode 10: The Big Show

Work Of Art: The Next Great Artist -- "Finale Episode"- Photo by: David Giesbrecht/BRAVO

By Alicia Eler & Patricia Herrmann Pop culture is replete with stories of young men realizing their potential and becoming heroes.  In the first season of Work of Art, pop culture’s introduction to the heretofore secretive Art World, America was provided with the familiar hero’s story. In the tenth and final episode, The Big Show, […]

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

"Swimming Hole" by Thomas Eakins (1889)

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

Mark and Peregrine during final crits on WORK OF ART: THE NEXT GREAT ARTIST (photo courtesy NBC Universal / Credit: Barbara Nitke)

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

"Rainbow," Peregrine Honig. Courtesy NBC Universal / Credit: Barbara Nitke

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

Work of Art: The Red Team (Nicole, Ryan, Abdi and Mark)

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

WORK OF ART: THE NEXT GREAT ARTIST -- Episode 105 -- Pictured: Work by Nicole -- Photo by: Barbara Nitke/Bravo

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 […]

A Widow is a Work of Art: Peregrine Honig’s “The Widow Having a Conversation with Herself” on BRAVO’s Work of Art, Episode 2

Peregrine Honig's "The Widow Having a Conversation with Herself"

Last week on BRAVO’s art reality television show, Work of Art, Peregrine Honig eased into the third round with nary a glance from art critic Jerry Saltz and nods from her fellow contestants. BRAVO isn’t getting much play from Peregrine. She doesn’t shit-talk the other contestants. She shows up to the studio with a smile, […]