Op-Ed: Mary Blakemore Responds to Bravo’s “Gallery Girls” Show
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In 2011, art blog Hyperallergic confronted Bravo and production company Magical Elves, making them publicly aware that titling their reality program Gallery Girls would step on my longstanding work of the same name. This touched off a minor internet riot and ultimately forced Bravo/Magical Elves to do the right thing and publicly rename their show.
However, the moment the internet quieted down, they changed the show’s name back to Gallery Girls. Soon after Bowery Boogie published an Op-Ed I wrote describing what I think it means to make something as an unfunded, independent artist and to be silenced or crowded out by corporate interests pushing reality content.
I still stand by what I said. It was necessary at the time, but it has come to be a distraction from my work. It is my hope that by taking down the op-ed my artwork can be discovered without interference from the Bravo situation framing it in anyway.
Thanks very much to Elie Perler and Bowery Boogie for letting me publish the op-ed in the first place and thank you for giving me the opportunity to take it down now.
[Photo courtesy of Mary Blakemore and Gallery Girls]