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El Saltzino with Work of Art contestant Peregrine Honig’s nails, which read “Jerry Saltz.” Awesome. Click on the image to see it large. (Photo by C-M.)

As is customary, you can find my New York City Datebook over at WNYC. (Don’t miss the kissing skeletons.)

Plus, the Not at all Brief #workoFart Recap: Lordy, they saved the drama for last. Though maybe it all just seemed more intense because I was watching the whole mess in the Brooklyn Museum’s lobby, with the contestants running around getting schnockered in the background. Anyhow, onto the recapping business…

In the final episode of the season, Simon de Pury toured the country in a puffy parka visiting contestants. The three finalists toured “the world famous Brooklyn Museum” visiting art. (A friend commented after the show that the museum’s lawyers must have had a requirement in the contract that every episode contain at least ten uses of the phrase “world famous.”) Each finalist — Peregrine, Miles, Abdi — was given $5000 and three months to work on a show that would be shown at De Pury’s auction gallery. It was the most interesting episode out of the bunch, showing a less frantic, more personal process — and more of my new boyfriend Simon de Pury (Be Bold!). The gallery show at the end was all kinds of awesome, mainly because Sarah Jessica Parker ran around clutching her head as if it might fall off and groaning “wow” repeatedly. In the end, Abdi won.

El Saltzino has an extensive recap over at New York Magazine, in which he has some interesting things to say (towards the end) about how the show — for some viewers — may have pried the lid off of the insular, self-involved art world. While I think the program overall could have been waaaaay more interesting (the judging panel desperately needed an artist and the challenges needed to be a lot smarter), overall I’d have to agree.

Beyond that, I found Work of Art interesting because it was a reflection of the art industry in more ways than anyone would probably care to admit. First, it showed that being a socialite with connections is more important than being articulate about art (China). Two, that half the battle of art these days is being able to come up with a good story to go with it (Miles, Nicole). Three, performance artists are crazy (Nao). Lastly, it showed that the process of creating and showcasing art isn’t as pure as anyone would like to believe it is. There is a vast art world bureaucracy of art dealers, public relations specialists and art writers who create storylines around art and artists. And ultimately, it’s these storylines, not necessarily the art, that the vast majority of people are following.

This was a point that painter Richard Phillips made in a really smart way when I interviewed him for my article in Time. (Unfortunately, his quote ended up on the cutting room floor.) But he put it this way: “I’ve been to the Venice Biennale and there are always these huge displays where the artists seem like subcontractors to the celebrity curators in charge,” he explained. “Their work is being seen in this falsified synthetic world. What’s exciting about the show is that we are seeing this process in action.” And with that, I couldn’t agree more

Hasta pronto and see y’all at the world famous Brooklyn Museum…

Over at Gallerina.

As is customary on Thursdays, I’ve got my New York City Datebook up at WNYC. Check it out!

Plus, the Incredibly Brief #workoFart Recap: This episode was all about nature — bleak, dreary Munch-style nature. Jaclyn had a cold, Peregrine shot evil death rays of hate at Jaclyn (who was trying to cheat) and Abdi spent the show operating in an impossible vortex of positivity. Miles, in the meantime, generated his most art school project yet. (Seriously dude, lay off the process.) Nicole and Jaclyn are out, which means materiality and titties will not feature prominently in the grand finale. El Saltzino, in his most impassioned recap yet, describes the nature setting the artists have to use as right out of the Sopranos kill-Adriana episode (so true). He also talks about poodles.

On a sort of related note, the award for best quote out of the entire season goes to Saltz, in Episode 2, who describes a piece as having, “self-referentiality up the wing wong.” Somebody needs to put that on a T-shirt.

Until the finale next week…

Over at Gallerina today.

Hey Y’all: It’s Thursday and you can find my New York Datebook over at WNYC.

In the meantime, this week’s Incredibly Brief #workoFart Recap: There was titties, there was talk about masturbation, there was titties, and actual masturbation, more titties  and masturbatory talk about masturbation. It was just like the real art world!!! Anyhow, the quick lowdown on “plot” development: China is most definitely a fembot, Miles emerged as a seriously backstabby manipulator and the artists, paired up in teams to explore universal dichotomies, produced some of the weakest art of the season. The big news: Mark is out (over Peregrine’s idea). And behind-the-scenes, El Saltzino almost stole the show with his package.

Until next week…

Image courtesy of Rosino.

It’s Thursday, which means…

…you can find my New York Datebook over at WNYC’s Gallerina.

It’s also means that it’s time for The Incredibly Brief #workoFart Recap: Studiously-disheveled hipster artist Ryan is out. Hippie-chick Peregrine won with a cracked out My Little Pony-style unicorn. (The chalk cigarettes were a clever touch.) We learned that Jaclyn had a solitary childhood and that she climbed trees. Lots of people think Miles is a douche. Simon de Pury needs to lay off the caffeine. El Saltzino was apparently surprised to hear that there’s a children’s museum in Manhattan.

Know what this show needs? A Jeff Spicoli and a Mr. Hand. Until next week…

Photo by an untrained eye.

Today, I’m all Gallerina.

Y’all can find my NYC area picks over at WNYC today. Thanks to my esteemed colleague Yvonne Connasse for the link to the video. So y’all know, this is how I do the Met.

The Incredibly Brief #workoFart recap: “Untrained” artist Erik is out, in an episode that was the art industry’s answer to Fight Club. (Mainly, skinny people — principally Erik — calling each other stuff like “douche” and “art pussy”. So raw and aggressive!) Jaclyn, who until this point has principally been known for her tittays, is now taking on a maternal arc in the narrative. She was interviewed authoritatively about all kinds of stuff. In the meantime, El Saltzino — who spent the episode asking why? why? why? — says that people in the art world have been pulling him over and asking him to “please stop.”

Best in show: In case y’all are looking for some brilliance, Keith Plocek at Glasstire turned the Is This Art? iPhone app onto the show itself. And it tells us everything we need to know.

Until next week…

Doing the Gallerina thing today.

You can find my NYC picks here. I’ll be the one in the yellow pants.

Plus, the incredibly brief #workoFart recap: Jesus lady Jamie is out. Jaclyn won the challenge (without showing her titties). The producers are obsessed with Miles’ OCD, something I like to refer to as Hollywood’s Forrest Gump complex (America loves a white guy with a condition). China Chow stills sucks. And Jerry Saltz says he feels either inspired or bamboozled by the show. He’s not sure which. Until next week…