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Monday, February 11, 2008

Art in the City

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 12:00 AM

During the day, I have a limited amount of time to scan the internet for frivolous news items such as a story of Woody Allen's favorite typeface or search through the Library of Congress' flickr page.

Of course, I lie… to an extent. I believe my editor has glanced over at my computer to find me in a trance while reading the latest news on (Blast! My ultimate guilty pleasure is revealed.) However, I'm doing research and as unbelievable as that may sound — it's true.

Last week, my research led me to an interesting finding. Sarah Jessica Parker, of Square Pegs fame, is about to pull a Tyra, Heidi, Paula, Donald, and any other celebrity jumping on the reality-show bandwagon. Now, I don't hate Mrs. Parker one bit. I may be condemned for life for not being an avid Sex and the City viewer, having (gasp) never seen a show in its entirety. But since the first time I saw Girls Just Want to Have Fun I've enjoyed her work … well, some of her work.

According to the Huffington Post, the show's description is as follows: "Potential skein would pit a dozen aspiring artists against one another, following the group as they attempt to produce various kinds of artwork — from painting and photography to sculpting and industrial design. Pieces would be rated by a panel of judges, as well as by the contestants themselves."

Reports online add that prizes may include the chance to win a gallery show, cash prize, and a tour around the U.S.

I say the show should one-up every reality show with a one-of-a-kind panel of judges. How's about the ghosts of artists? What better way to critique artists by the real artists — nothing against SJP, I mean that bond she formed with Nicolas Cage in Honeymoon in Vegas was really something. But I'd love to see Picasso, Warhol, O'Keefe, van Gogh, and Kahlo judging artists. Would Warhol side with any Pop Art lover? Or would his 15 minutes of fame mantra make him the Simon Cowell of the show? The world will have no other choice but to wait and see what develops.

Spiral Jetty update: Spiral Jetty news has now seeped its way onto national news sources, such as the New York Times. Plus, here's an interesting take on the underlying meaning of the Spiral Jetty.

…and your moment of what will they think of next? A modern ballet inspired by the fall of Britney Spears. C'mon now.

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