Gallery Girls is Great and You Know It.

21 Sep

Posted by: Alex (with a special dedication to Alex’s friend John, who pretends he doesn’t like this show, but clearly loves it).

Oh, Bravo. Sometimes I see previews for your reality shows and I wonder what Andy Cohen was smoking when he thought this premise was a good idea. That is what I thought about Gallery Girls. That is, until I watched it and LOVED EVERY SHALLOW SECOND OF IT.

Gallery Girls is what it sounds like: a show about girls who work in art galleries. Sounds boring, right? WRONG! A lot happens in the New York gallery world. For instance, sometimes your parents only pay for your Upper East Side penthouse, but they don’t buy your drinks, so you have to work to make enough money to pay for a nightly martini or ten. And sometimes those same parents that pay for your apartment wish you had a job that paid a living wage, but you show them by taking depressing pictures around the city and wearing avant-garde clothes to show you’re different, instead of working. Or you might rebel against the man by going to yoga for four hours, instead of going to work. And work consists of throwing parties and getting drunk at your gallery, knowing that if it doesn’t pan out, it’s no real skin off your back because your parents pay your rent. See? It’s one big vicious and dramatic cycle. So much is happening I can hardly keep up with the last few sentences!!

Let’s talk about the cast: first there’s Amy. Amy is one of those awkward kiss asses that we all know (and, if you’re me, love because who doesn’t want to be told that someone covets your outfit, even if it’s complete bullshit? I’ll take it!) Amy is rich and not very liked because she tries too hard. And she drinks a lot. A lot. She’s a drunken close talker, as many scenes exhibit, and since this is a habit I absolutely detest, that might be when I stop liking Amy, too. Next is Angela, the beautiful Asian model who takes morose pictures around the city and has a thing for older men going through mid-life crises. Angela likes to wear see-through tops wherever she goes and she loves to talk about “the gays.” I adore the gays, and I could talk about them all day, but there’s always that girl who talks about how close she is with gay men a little too much. That girl would be Angela.

Claudia is one of the owners of the End of Century Gallery. Her job is to buy the art for the gallery (they also sell jewelry and women’s clothing), and her parents, apparently, lent her the money to open the store with two other girls. This has led to resentment, probably because as I mentioned before, no one else technically “needs a job” or “has to make money” so they’re not so invested in running a successful business. Sometimes I feel bad for her, but then I’m like, wait. I don’t really feel that bad.

Kerri is the most down to earth of the bunch, the only reason being that she comes from a middle class family that doesn’t finance her life, so she actually has a full-time job, along with an internship, in order to live. The bar is set pretty low for “down to earth,” I realize, but I find her relatable. Liz can be summed up in seven words: went to rehab and has daddy issues. There is nothing subtle about these topics, when it comes to Liz. She talks openly about how she was addicted to drugs as a teenager and lost the respect of her renowned art collector dad. And now all she wants is for him to tell her he loves her. I would find this plot a lot sadder if she wasn’t directly talking about it all the time. If I was watching and was like, “aww, look at her desperately trying to please her dad!” instead of “wow, she just told the camera that she’s trying to please her dad for the 18th time,” it would have a different impact on me.

Now to my faves: Maggie is the one with the annoying voice who lets her boss, Eli, repeatedly walk all over her. Maggie goes on interviews and when asked who her current favorite artist is, she responds with Banksy. She dates a super jock and whines constantly. Why is she one of my favorites, you ask? Please re-read this last paragraph. That inexplicably answers your fair question. Last, but certainly not least, is Chantal. What can I say about Chantal? She is truly one of a kind. One of a kind that lives all over Brooklyn, but one of a kind, nonetheless. Chantal’s goal in life is to stay relaxed. She does yoga and she elongates all of her words (e.g. I’m just gonna chiiilllllll). She also aims to be different – for instance, she cut her hair because everybody has long hair these days. And now she’s probably the only girl in Williamsburg with short hair. Way to be so different and cutting edge! I actually get a huge kick out of her and find her to be the most entertaining of all the girls. If Chantal doesn’t get a spin-off called “Chantal’s World,” I will be shocked and disappointed.

I clearly have no problem watching people being entitled and ridiculous (READ: sometimes I think the Real Housewives are my friends and I get confused), so I can sit back and enjoy this program. If that’s not really your thing, you may want to throw pieces of broken glass at yourself until they stop talking, so maybe watch NCIS or read a book or something. Or even talk to your loved one, if you’re feeling desperate.


Book supplement: I am reading An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin right now, which is very complementary to Gallery Girls. It’s about a girl who works for art galleries and it’s slightly trashy. But also kind of good. You might as well engulf yourself…

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