Bravo cancels Work of Art, but it may live on to ejaculate all over the art world
The cancellation is disappointing: While the show wasn’t perfect—its judging was deeply flawed—it was a fresh competition with interesting contestants (even the Sucklord) who produced visually engaging work. And it was also nice to have an alternative to the increasingly stale Top Chef.
But it’s not dead yet: The Observer’s GalleristNY reports that “Dan Cutforth of Magical Elves, which produces the show, said that he’s already had interest from other networks and believes that, as was the case when he brought Project Greenlight to Bravo from HBO, the show’s message could endure a transition to a new channel.”
That would be awesome, especially if they fix the judging, and since Jerry Saltz has already said he wouldn’t return for a third season, there’s an opening to make big changes. At the end of season two last year, I suggested producers replace the judges with an art auction conducted by Simon de Pury, who was the show’s break-out star. As long as he stays, and as long as they find contestants willing to actually or metaphorically ejaculate on their work, I’m in.