Friday, June 25, 2010

Reality TV Tackles a New Brand of Creativity

BravoTV has been in the forefront of reality tv for years with shows like Top Chef, The Real Housewives, America's Next Top Model, Project Runway, and many more.
In fact, just this month--June 9th to be exact--Bravo premiered another inventive series, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, airing on Wednesdays at 10/9c:
Work of Art: The Next Great Artist will bring together fourteen aspiring artists to compete for a solo show at the prestigious Brooklyn Museum and a generous cash prize.


In each episode, contestants are faced with the challenge of creating unique pieces in a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography, collage and industrial design. The weekly assignments are exciting, original and will challenge the artists' to push the limits of their technical skills and creative boundaries. Completed works of art will be appraised by our panel of top art world figures alongside a new celebrated guest judge every week. Through a gallery showing at the end of each challenge, these industry select dictate which artists have successfully mastered the subject matter and creation of their piece, as well as whose concept leaves the greatest impact.

Learn more about the series HERE

Why am I telling you all this, you ask? Well, because this week's episode challenged each contestant to create cover art for a classic novel. The winner was awarded by having their cover featured on a Penguin Classic.

I gotta say, some of these covers are pretty damn cool. Others, however, I don't get AT ALL.

For example:

COOL: Bram Stoker's Dracula by contestant Mark

HUH?: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by contestant Judith

Take a look at the slideshow of the artists' work HERE, and let us know which one's YOUR favorite!


  1. Eew! That P&P cover sucks. (Sorry, Judith)

  2. I actually think Jaclyn's "P&P" cover is my fav.

  3. Yeah! Judith's took me FOREVER to figure out what book it even was! And I'll admit, it took me reading it in the caption below the photo to be sure LOL

    And I agree that Jaclyn's is stunning. It's so whimsical and just plain beautiful!

  4. Very cool! My favorites are Abdi's Frankenstein, Jaclyn's P&P, Miles's Frankenstein and Peregrine's The Time Machine.

    Of those four, I think my favorite is Abdi's Frankenstein.

  5. Wow interesting! I've never seen this show but it's such a fun challenge. I agree the Dracula is good. In fact, the other Dracula is good too.

    I love the art for the black and white Pride and Prejudice but I'm not sure it fits the story. The woman looks naked? And she has a bowler hat? (Wrong time period for that headwear.)