There’s a real art to what Crackle executives did in selecting what would be the first one-hour scripted drama for the online streaming service. They opted to look at the cutthroat world of premium auction houses with “The Art of More.”
The 10 episode thriller casts a light on the dark underbelly of a multi-million dollar business. Think “Dallas” meets “Antiques Roadshow.”
The series follows an ambitious art thief (Christian Connor) who wants to be part of the New York art circle. His mentor is an aristocratic antiquities collector (Cary Elwes), while his competition is the top executive (Kate Bosworth) at a rival auction house. Both are trying to win over a self-made billionaire (Dennis Quaid).
Generally, we do have an auction of the week during which we will, sort of, highlight and delve into the story behind that object and how it relates to our characters in many cases, and we also have several continuing arcs that will cut across the entire season of 10 episodes.
Gardner Stern, ‘The Art of More’ executive producer
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This is the first series for Bosworth since she starred in “Young Americas” on the now defunct WB Network in 2000. Since then, Bosworth has focused on feature films: “Blue Crush,” “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton,” “Superman Returns.”
Bosworth was attracted to the new Crackle series because she gets to work in the art world.
“I think what I find most fascinating about art is how it often reflects the time, and what I think this show does that’s so interesting is that it shows what is value to someone, how does it carry through time, how it increases, how it decreases,” Bosworth says. “I think what’s so interesting to me when you see someone like Van Gogh, who is now one of the most highest selling pieces, back in the day hardly sold anything.
“It’s kind of interesting to see how that increases with time. And I think the value that we place on different objects, whether it’s a letter that was written back in the day that’s now so significant for whatever reason, that’s really what’s most interesting to me.”
The huge amounts paid for art is what feeds the competition between auction houses. In her research to play a character working in that world, Bosworth discovered the common mantra is to do whatever it takes to make a sale.
The series will show that the motivation for such success is not always monetary but could just as easily be triggered by a thirst for power or to pump up an ego.
All of this helped Bosworth make the decision to return to TV.
“I always just look for a script and character that intrigues me. It doesn’t particularly matter the medium. And obviously, we’re living in an age where there’s some really enticing stories being told on TV, particularly with streaming,” Bosworth says.
I really enjoy the process of developing a character longer than an hour and a half. It’s something that I’ve been seeking out and I’ve been interested in.
Actress Kate Bosworth
“When I heard of this show and I read the pilot, I really loved it. I see my character a little bit like a femme fatale, and I’ve also been looking for something like that to do. So, for me, it was just a great match.”
Bosworth comes to the series with more than just an interest in a job that would let her play a femme fatale. She’s actually a fan of Ed Ruscha, an American artist associated with the pop art movement, and is looking for another piece by the artist.
Her appreciation of a particular artist gives her an understanding of the kind of passion art collectors have that will help drive the new Crackle series. The most passion Bosworth has shown for something in the art world was not for a painting but for a film role.
“I wanted ‘Blue Crush’ more than any person on the planet. I wanted that role so bad. It was a very intensive process for me to get that role. I feel that way about work often and some of my biggest heartaches are I read something and I want something so bad and it’s such an intense kind of passionate burn,” Bosworth says. “Sometimes you get them and sometimes you don’t.
“My work is something that I feel that type of deep desire for.”
The Art of More
- Thursday, Nov. 19, Crackle