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Touching the Art - Episode 1 - Catherine Opie, Bettina Korek, Jori Finkel - Ovation

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Published on Jul 17, 2014

Is art for everyone? Do women still have to be naked to get into the Met? Do rappers, actresses and Shia LaBeouf make better art? In the pilot episode of Ovation's new web talk show, host Casey Jane Ellison and her panelists tackle the pressing issues facing contemporary art.

Casey is joined in episode one by Jori Finkel (NY Times and The Art Newspaper reporter), Bettina Korek (founder, ForYourArt and TOUCHING THE ART executive producer) and Catherine Opie (photographer and professor at UCLA). TOUCHING THE ART was shot on location at Regen Projects West Hollywood and features music by Mirror Mirror.

WATCH EPISODE 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCdGo...

ABOUT THE SHOW

Contemporary art is having a breakthrough moment, thanks in part to recent celebrity cross-overs (Lady Gaga, James Franco, Jay-Z), ubiquitous fashion collaborations and record-setting auction returns. So why is it still so difficult to talk about? Comedian and artist Casey Jane Ellison wades into this conversational quagmire in Ovation's new original web talk show, TOUCHING THE ART.

As host, Casey's blunt, reductive line of questioning takes aim at the barriers between the uninitiated viewer and the contemporary art world, and the show creates a platform for her panel of art world professionals to demystify, in their own words, the most fundamental issues surrounding art and its place in broader society. And as a meta critique of the perceived gender imbalance of panel shows, all the show's guests will be female.

Discussion topics range from art and celebrity to gender politics to the art market. Future episodes will coincide with and cover timely topics and events such as Miami Basel, The Armory Show, etc.

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Ovation is America's only arts television network, whose mission is to connect the world to all forms of art and artistic expression.

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