Judging and Celebrating a Book by It’s Cover

I have become a big fan of the new Bravo TV series “Work of Art”.   I don’t always agree on who wins a challenge (actually on all of the reality competition series I watch, I rarely do), but I get more from the kind of commentary the judges have as they make their decisions about the artwork that is created.

For those of you who don’t know, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist  is one of the newest reality competition shows, which features fourteen contemporary artists who battle it out creatively each week to become, well, The Next Great Artist (as well as a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and a cash prize). It is hosted by art enthusiast China Chow who serves on the judging panel along with art world heavyweights Bll Powers (gallery owner and literary art contributor), Jerry Saltz (art critic for New York Magazine) and Jeanne Greenberg Rhoatyn (curator and owner of Salon94 gallery).  Renowned art auctioneer, Simon de Pury serves as the mentor to the contestants. Work of Art is a creative project of actress and producer, Sarah Jessica Parker.

Last Wednesday’s episode was entitled Judging a Book by It’s Cover which the artist met with the President and Publisher of Penguin Books, who “guides them through the impressive history of the marriage of art and literature.”  For the elimination challenge, the artists were required to create an innovative cover art for a classic

I watched the episode with great enthusiasm since my artwork, a mixed media collage entitled “Believe”  was selected for a cover of a book a little more than a year ago (not through a formal competition, mind you!).  And, during the month of June the book “Liberated Muse Vol. 1: How I Freed My Soul”, edited by Khadijah Ali-Coleman for Liberated Muse, celebrated it’s first anniversary of publication.  The book is also now available in the DC Public Library, creating a wonderful opportunity for residents of the district to check out the book which includes poetry, short stories, as well as artwork from members of the creative social network, Liberated Muse. 

Kudos to Liberated Muse for a wonderful publication and enabling an even larger audience to experience the work!