Fourteen of the art world's up-and-coming artists come together to compete for $100,000 and a solo exhibit at the world renowned Brooklyn Museum on the second season of Bravo's "Work of Art."
For their first challenge, the artists must use pieces of "bad" art, such as a painting of dogs playing checkers, a velvet cowboy, and a sculptural golden peacock as their canvas. Mentor Simon de Pury explains that in order to reach the top of the art world, they have to start at the bottom. Series judges China Chow, Jerry Saltz and Bill Powers will be looking for the artists who distinguish themselves from the group by turning their abomination into a masterpiece. Renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark serves as the guest judge.
For their second challenge, the artists must use parkour, a discipline in which participants overcome obstacles using only their bodies to move from point A to point B in the most creative and inventive way possible, as their inspiration. The esteemed curator and owner of Salon94 gallery in New York City, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, returns to the panel as a guest judge.
Andy Warhol summed up a generation of consumerism and launched the pop art movement with a painting of a Campbell's soup can. For this challenge, the contestants must create a piece of pop art that captures the popular culture of their time as effectively as Warhol did. Celebrity culture, music and reality TV are all fair game. This week the stakes are high, as the winning artist will receive a full page spread in Entertainment Weekly. Internationally renowned contemporary artist Rob Pruitt joins the judging panel.