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10/16/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

All things considered Work of Art: The Next Great Artist was not nearly as bad as it could have been. In fact, the descriptor benign springs to my mind. I'm not going to lie, though -- it was touch and go at the beginning. The first time I heard that a reality television show along the lines of "America's Next Top Artist" was in the works, my stomach clenched a little. Of course the art world is predominantly a fickle, market-driven star system -- but a reality television show? Will we so easily surrender all semblance of substance? Should we not maintain at least the veneer of scruples? I quickly dismissed the whole thing but several months later, I received an email from a curator friend announcing the premier of the show. In the subject heading she had typed simply, "It's here."

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