Application for art reality TV show
For Frieze Magazine, Jen Dalton created this pitch perfect application (Click here to see the enlargement) for artists interested in being cast for an imagined art-focused reality TV show titled “The Biggest Ego.” In defense of the artists I’m friends and acquaintances with, not a single one fits the narcissist, pedantic stereotype that Jen humorously suggests in the application’s questions. However, this might just mean I actually don’t know enough artists. It does recall the art-focused reality show on Bravo called Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, where artists competed for a $100,000 prize and an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. The show was on my pop-radar at the time, but alas did not make my to-do list. However, I did read this essay by Jerry Saltz, one of the show’s judges, that was published in New York Magazine a month after the show’s finale. Saltz writes:
“Bravo had me at hello. The show appealed to my belief that art only got better once the boundaries between high and low culture were relaxed, most famously by Andy Warhol, then by countless others. It also satisfied my hunger to try new things; my demons that demand I dance naked in public; and my desire to see if art criticism is supple and porous enough to be practiced on a wider stage—even if this stage distorted that practice.”
It makes me think of Al Pacino’s (playing Lucifer) closing line in THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE (a constantly underrated film for quotable scenes), “Vanity, definitely my favorite sin.” You totally read that in the Al Pacino voice didn’t you?