Revisiting Deitch’s ‘Artstar’: Art’s First Reality Show

Considered the first unscripted contemporary art show, Artstar made its debut on June 1, 2006. Reflecting on the short-lived series a full decade later, one wonders if its failure was one of timing, rather than of concept. This 24-hour, 360-degree approach was at the heart of Artstar, a collaborative project between 90s internet mogul Josh Harris and gallerist Jeffrey Deitch.

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