Can Reality TV Save the Fine Arts? Body Painter Robin Slonina (Skin Wars) on Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #47

Fine art and reality TV are typically rated our highest and lowest forms of entertainment, yet creative competition shows combine the two. Robin Slonina graduated from Chicago’s Art Institute and lived in the gallery world doing sculptures, paintings and installations for several years before discovering body painting and opening Skin City Body Painting in Las Vegas, perhaps the foremost institution of its type in the world.

Robin then served as a judge (along with RuPaul!) on the show Skin Wars for its three seasons (2014-2017) before The Game Show Network decided that the whole thing was too expensive to produce. She joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to  figure out the degree to which the competition reality show format lets the art shine through.

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Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast is the first podcast curated by Open Culture. Browse all Pretty Much Pop posts or start with the first episode.

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