For Sarah Jessica Parker, After 'Sex' Comes 'Art'

Sarah Jessica Parker is a hip and artsy New Yorker -- and she's one of the most famous stars on TV. Now she's taking a stab at bridging those two worlds as one of the producers of Bravo's new reality competition Work of Art: The Next Great Artist (Wednesday, 11 p.m. ET). "This is not an opportunity for me to be on screen, nor about money," Parker told zap2it.com. "I want people to know how much they can invite art into their home, and how much they're already surrounded by it every single day."

 

 

The show is very similar to the fashion design competition, Project Runway, which used to air on the cable network. Fourteen artists are pitted against one another for a $100,000 prize and a solo gallery show at the edgy-cool  Brooklyn Museum. And like Project Runway, the drama unfolds via clashing personalities and immature reactions to criticism. Only this time it's artists, not designers. The term "artistic temperament" wasn't invented to describe quiet wallflower types!

"I don't want to work with your poisonous attitude," snarls one contestant in the promo. "I'm not responsible for your experience of my work," pouts another.

During a brief appearance in the first episode, Parker advises the contestants to "be brave, competitive, and be yourselves." Then the artists are paired off and given the first of 10 challenges: They have 13 hours to complete portraits of each other.

Parker steps aside and allows the artists -- and their work -- to be the center of the action. There's no doubt, though, that for her this project is a labor of love. "We'd been talking about it for two years or more," she told zap2it. "So it was a long time coming!"

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Do you think Work of Art will be as successful as Project Runway? 

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