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Work of Art Season 2 Finale: Harmoniously Together

by Ben Macaulay on December 23, 2011
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In this week’s finale of Work of Art, Bravo has finally loosened its reins on the show’s three remaining artists: Kymia Nawabi, Sara Jimenez and Young Sun Han. The harsh time constraints that have hindered work in past challenges have been lifted, and the artists are given three months to produce an exhibition from the comfort of their own studios.

The show follows Simon as he scuttles between the artists’ places of residence in at least two Fiat 500′s, two months into the challenge.

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Work of Art Episode 9 Recap: “GOOD ART.”

by Ben Macaulay on December 16, 2011
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Wherein the contestants get banished to the hinterlands of Putnam County, and return with rare treasures. Also, China wears a giant button, and a dance party so good it makes someone cry.

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Work of Art Episode 8 Recap: Selling Out

by Ben Macaulay on December 12, 2011
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With partner in crime Michelle now eliminated, Lola has run out of plot fodder and realizes that she’ll have to actually make some art this time. Then takes off her shirt.

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Work of Art Episode 7 Recap: Take You Riding In My Car

by Ben Macaulay on December 2, 2011
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Last week’s episode concluded with the offed Sucklord quoting the original Star Wars: “if you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” While the vow itself is moot, Work of Art has now lost its most reliable font of comic relief. In the wake, chaos.

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Work of Art Episode Six: It Didn’t Suck

by Will Brand and Paddy Johnson on November 18, 2011
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Work of Art didn't suck this week. The challenge, street art, was acceptable, the guest judge, Lee Quinones, was fitting, and the show's decision to pair up the artists in teams of two meant that there was ample time to actually show each work. What's more, we had an entire episode without a single teary recollection, which meant there was a bunch of space that Bravo was forced to fill with an interesting but well-explained change in the personality of a character. Like they were developing. It was weird.

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Work of Art: Still Not Newsworthy, But At Least News-Filled

by Will Brand and Paddy Johnson on November 11, 2011
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The elimination of Michael Tewz marks a pivotal moment for the second season of Bravo's art world reality show Work of Art. As Sucklord erases his friend from the chalkboard register of the living, one question looms before Bravo's producers: Who will say all the stupid shit? The future of art blog humor now rests in the capable hands of Dusty Mitchell.

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Work of Art is Eliminating Artists in Height Order

by Will Brand on November 4, 2011
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Sometime during the first minute of this week's episode of Work of Art, my TV's closed captioning simply said: “[All groaning]”. That's a fitting reaction to most of the episode.

No two ways about it: this week was incredibly boring. The challenge (work with kids) was unoriginal, the guest judge (producer Sarah Jessica Parker) was a punt, and the elimination (Tewz) was overdue. There was crying, but no tits. In light of this, we'll stick to a few general observations.

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Work of Art Episode 3: POP IS EVERYTHING Recap

by Will Brand on October 27, 2011
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Lots of worry and heartbreak as the contestants realize Pop art ain’t easy in a double-elimination slaughter. Oh, and also, Kymia goes topless. Reality TV at its best.

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Work of Art Episode 2: Attack of the Clones Recap

by Will Brand on October 20, 2011
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As Work of Art marches relentlessly on, one more artist is thrown beneath the grinding treads of “reality”. Here’s what happened, slavishly recorded with intermittent jokes.

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Work of Art Episode One: Kitsch or Ditch

by Paddy Johnson on October 13, 2011
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Is there anything Bravo could possible do to improve upon Work of Art’s premier season? The mind reals with that thought, but if the first episode is any indication (and it almost never is), Bravo’s challenges may exhibit a little more ingenuity than the previous season. This week’s challenge, transform a “bad” work of art, already raises the bar compared to last year’s middle school portrait assignment. Contestants were invited to chose a work from a room filled with kitschy art, and somehow a ceramic teddy remained on its pedestal. The closing shot for the scene zooms in on the teddy while ominous music plays overhead. Hilarious.

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