After After the Contemporary opens Saturday January 20th from 6 – 9 pm at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.  I’m pleased to debut 120 new watercolor and acrylic paintings of Artforum ads that form a timeline of the Contemporary.  The new paintings expand on the fictional retrospective look at the twenty-five-year period I developed for my 2017 solo exhibition at the Aldrich.  The works are available in chronological order here or as a PDF catalog you can download here powhida-afterafterthecontemporary.

The exhibition also includes drawings that informed the Aldrich show from 2016 that were shown in Brussels, a print of my text-based timeline “The Contemporary in Context”, and three new sculptural Artforum watercolors on paper mounted on aluminum that were recently shown at Untitled in Miami. 

The press release is also available as PDF here WilliamPowida_AfterAftertheContemporary

The timeline of After the Contemporary from my 2017 show at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

The Contemporary in Context
Transfer and graphite on drywall
96″ x 48″
2016-17
Private collection

Back in 2015 I made a series of fonts for a show, Mediations, at Charlie James Gallery.  Most of them are totally useless and poorly designed, but I’m happy to release Powhida Standard gratis and free for whatever strange and ill-conceived uses one might find for it.  The font is all caps, but there are  lower case and upper case characters.  Feel free to download the True Type file here.  

Blogging is basically dead (don’t tell Greg Allen), but podcasts are everywhere.  To that end, I’ve decided to contribute to the endless stream of language with a new podcast called Explain Me co-hosted by ArtFCity publisher and art critic Paddy Johnson.  We’re dedicating our biweekly discussions to art, politics, money, and the moral responsibilities of artists (and the ethics of the art word).  Over at ArtFCity, Paddy has posted an introduction for our inaugural episode The Broken Toilet,   “In this first pod, we discuss Documenta’s massive overspending and near bankruptcy, the closure of Bruce High Quality Foundation University, and a new development along the 7 line describing itself as New York’s best installation. We also talk about a few shows we’ve seen recently in Chelsea…”  The podcast is also available on iTunes and keep an eye our for our next episode.  We’re hoping to have some surprise guest callers! 

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