Reality TV Show 'Street Art Throwdown' Promises To Discover Next Banksy

January 21, 2015 4:18 PM

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Reality TV Show 'Street Art Throwdown' Promises To Discover Next Banksy

In the tradition of such great art-centric reality shows as "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" and "Gallery Girls" (RIP endlessly entertaining Brooklyn hipster vs. Manhattan trustfunder rivalries) comes "Street Art Throwdown," a televised competition that will air on Oxygen beginning February 3. The show will follow 10 up-and-coming street artists as they battle it out for a $100,000 grand prize. According to a press release, "The series tests not only their physical stamina, but also pushes their artistic skills to the limit in hopes of jump-starting their career…furiously scaling walls, climbing fences and navigating underground tunnels, these artists must have the talent, style and hustle to battle it out to the end."

Commercial artist and designer Justin Bua, known for his fine art posters and clients like Nike and Target, will play host and co-judge alongside Lauren Wagner, the director of Pop International Galleries. When compared to the list of judges on "Work of Art," which boasted art critic Jerry Saltz and...

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