CULTURE & ARTS
06/17/2010 03:52 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Jerry Saltz's Work of Art Recap: Harsh Reality

I have to tell you a little something about how they actually shoot these shows. A one-hour episode of reality TV can take as long as sixteen hours to film. The shots where judges like myself give mean looks to the artists before pronouncing decisions on their work last something like three seconds onscreen, but require fifteen minutes of us all staring at one another. (The cameras have to be moved around and positioned so each person can be filmed.) I kept having weird retinal pops and glitches during these endurance staring contests. I think Nao hypnotized me during one of them.

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