Art Consultant BFFs Get New Reality TV Series

  • September 01, 2015 12:43

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Art advisors Miller Gaffney and Carol Lee Brosseau star in "Art Breakers"
Tina Brugnoletti via Ovation TV

Ovation TV will launch a new original series on Oct. 4 that the network says "will take viewers inside the high-stakes, high-priced world of art collecting." Art Breaker$ follows two longtime friends and art advisors, Miller Gaffney and Carol Lee Brosseau, "on their quest to find the hottest artists, commission show-stopping works, and save their clients from spending their millions on junk." 

The blonde-coiffed pair were sorority sisters at Baylor University and both studied at Sotheby's Institute in New York. Gaffney has appeared on the PBS series "Market Warriors" and worked previously at a New York gallery and Art + Auction magazine. LA-based Brosseau also worked in the gallery market before a stint at Julien's Auction and opening her own art consulting firm.

In a video promo for the show, the two rather boldly proclaim, "We're the top art advisors in the country!"

Ovation's statement underscores the celebrity-infused, glitzy nature of the show: "In each episode, Miller and Carol Lee tackle a new business challenge to accommodate their clients’ eclectic tastes and sometimes bizarre requests.  Whether it’s soliciting a nude portrait for a quirky client, throwing a star-studded gallery opening, or digging through celebrity estate sales to turn up the best in Hollywood memorabilia, these undaunted pros are the art world’s best match-makers."

Critics have already panned Art Breaker$--the Observer headlines news on the show with "we're cringing already." But the show's producers think the duo will present audiences with an accessible, if not entertaining, view of the art market.

“Miller and Carol Lee didn’t get to be the top art advisors for nothing. They’re young, in demand and know the art world inside and out,”said Scott Woodward, EVP, Programming and Production, Ovation TV. “In this series, Ovation viewers will get a ring-side seat as they take us along on some of their most challenging assignments.”


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