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Uh-Oh: Did ‘Gallery Girls’ Replace Bravo’s Newly Canceled ‘Work of Art’?

In a recent post, we noted that we’d love to see TV shows about the art world with a bit more substance than Bravo’s fun-but-soul-killing Gallery Girls — you know, ones like Bravo’s other reality series, Work of Art. Well, so much for that, because Gallerist is reporting that Work of Art has… Read More

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The Fug Report: Highs and Lows from the Week in Fashion

Editor’s note: Welcome to The Fug Report! Each week our fashion blogger friends Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the sartorial geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself, will feature some of their favorite looks of the week in this space. We hope you enjoy it!

This week over on Go Fug Yourself, we continued tracking … Read More

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The Sucklord Is the Star of ‘Work of Art’ Season 2

Bravo’s weirdest reality competition show returned last night, and we’re confident that Season 2 will be every bit as bizarre as Season 1 — in fact, it may even be crazier. The highlights of this year’s cast include a woman who looks like a punk-rock Mayim Bialik and photographs her own sculptures of viscera, a street artist who’s always talking about how much time he spends in jail, and a rural Arkansas art teacher who (sigh) continued Work of Art‘s great clown-painting tradition. But by far the most fascinating character so far is also the show’s most established artist. “My name is The Sucklord,” is how he introduces himself — and if, like Simon de Pury, you dare to call him by his given name, he’ll correct you. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and The Backstreet Boys are among the many pop artists whose songs have recently been banned by China’s Ministry of Culture for containing “vulgar content.” The offending tracks must be removed from Chinese websites by September 15, or their owners will face prosecution. [via Guardian]

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Daily Dose Pick: Peregrine Honig

Work of Art finalist Peregrine Honig takes our intertwined obsessions with youth, fashion, and celebrity, and turns them into quirky, unsettling art.

Perhaps Kansas City’s best-known art-world export (thanks to her star turn on the Bravo reality show), Honig makes paintings, sculptural installations, and performative, fashion-based projects that combine folk-art inflections and a childlike love of color, cuteness, and baby animals with a worldly, satirical voice that’s not afraid to get profound, funny, and even scatological. … Read More

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The Work of Art Season 1 Finale Drinking Game

When Bravo TV’s reality series Work of Art: The Next Great Artist debuted in June, we wondered if it was a show with a future. All it took was one episode, though, and the proof was in the pudding (or, more accurately, in the paint): with its vast array of characters ranging from the boring-as-wallpaper Amanda, who was the first person eliminated, to Miles, the pretentious, OCD shoe-in for a winner, we were hooked. With things coming to a close tonight, we’re going to need a stiff cold one to make it through the nail-biting season finale (featuring celebrity guest judge David LaChapelle), wherein we’ll discover which of the remaining three contestants will win a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum. Raise a glass with us, then, and join in our Work of Art Season 1 Finale Drinking Game. … Read More

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5 More Terrible Pride and Prejudice Book Covers + A Great One

Last night on Work of Art, in a challenge that thrilled book-design nerds like us, the contestants were charged with designing covers for Penguin Classics. The winner, John Parot, made a gorgeous, colorful, semi-abstract image for H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. But the real loser was Jane Austen: Two Pride and Prejudice covers landed in the bottom three, and one — Judith’s horrible backwards-script design — got its creator booted. It was a horrible picture, but we’ve found five real Pride and Prejudice jackets that are nearly as bad. Give them a once over after the jump, and then cleanse your palette with a gorgeous one we stumbled upon in our search for the very worst. … Read More

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The 10 Best Quotes from the Work of Art Premiere

Bravo’s Work of Art is shaping up to be everything we had hoped. Don’t worry: We weren’t expecting great art on ridiculous deadlines, and we have an innate suspicion of any “artist” who would submit to such strange scrutiny. No, friends, we’re in it for the precious personalities and outrageous statements. (Also, we genuinely like Miles, the OCD screen printer who makes to-do lists in the bath tub and thinks he is too good to be on this show.) Last night, we saw a young woman fret over the difficulty of portraying an older woman, a map of interconnected dots that was supposed to be a portrait, and a painting of a Juggalo created by Work of Art‘s very own outsider artist. The episode’s ten most wonderful quotes, presented without comment, are after the jump. … Read More

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Will Bravo’s New Reality Show “Work of Art” Make a Mark?

Another week, another reality show is making its debut. With the new series Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, Bravo introduces fine art to this millennium’s most popular genre of television. The show documents 14 artists, who range in age from 22 to 61 and preferred mediums include sculpture, painting, performance, photography, and architecture, as they compete for the grand prize of $100,000 and a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum. Almost identical to America’s Next Top Model or Project Runway, the hour-long episodes involve competitions, judges, immunity, and plenty of bickering between the contestants. … Read More

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