The art world gets a starring role in upcoming productions

The inner workings of the art world world take center stage in an upcoming TV show announced this week, as well as a movie that's in the works and an experimental "sitcom" inspired by David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest."

"The Art of More"

Dennis Quaid ("Vegas," "Any Given Sunday"), Kate Bosworth ("Still Alice") and Christian Cooke (Magic City") will star in this series based on the "underbelly and surprisingly cutthroat world of premium auction houses," coming from Sony's internet streaming service Crackle. Cooke will play a former soldier with connections to antiquities smuggling rings, and Bosworth will play an account executive and the daughter of the CEO of one of two warring auction houses. 

The first ten episodes are set to premiere in winter 2015.

"Maestra"

A not-yet-published thriller that also delves into the world of auction houses was the subject of a recent film deal with Sony Pictures. "Maestra" by L.S. Hilton focuses on Judith Rashleigh, an assistant in a London auction house who finds herself up against snobbery and corruption. When she uncovers a conspiracy at the auction house, she is fired before she can expose it, then takes off with a man to the French Riviera. There, she finds herself in danger and needs to rely on her inside knowledge of the art fraud to get by.

A UK release for the book is set for January 2016; movie details are TBA.

Alex Bag's 'Infinite Jest' sitcom

An endnote from David Foster Wallace's novel is the inspiration for video artist Alex Bag's latest project. Later this month, she will hold open auditions at Team (gallery, inc.) in Manhattan for what's being called a "scripted sitcom-style show centering around four archetypal art-world characters." In the novel, Wallace's footnote describes a TV program in which characters are trapped in a circular narrative and cannot develop.

Bag's program inspired by it will be produced as its own artwork, to be shown at a date TBA.


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