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My new show,  Mediations, opened Saturday at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.  The show wasn’t just a negotiation between the satirical voice in my drawings, my grating social media presence, and some of my thoughts about being an artist, but also between myself and my dealer Charlie.  I sent Charlie about 22 paintings for a specific installation and 30 works on paper.  I had intended to hang these as distinct bodies of work, but Charlie ended up curating the show.  I think the show he organized ‘looks’ great fwiw, but it is a different show than what I had intended.  After seeing the work he selected and making a few interventions of my own, I suspect Charlie may have saved me from my anxiety-filled overproduction of images, I caved and did not stand up for the show I intended. Now that the show is open, as it is, I will post images of all of the works* I made for Mediations in an order that might suggest a slightly different vision of the show that will exist here. There is a PDF of Charlie’s show available here.

Working with galleries often requires a bit of negotiation, a push and pull between interests, but I don’t think art dealers need any more encouragement to focus on “financial performance.” Magda Sawon, my New York art dealer, and I wrote a fairly long critique of Magnus Resch’s book “The Management of Art Galleries” for Hyperallergic. I also offered a few thoughts about the book in the Art Newspaper just after it was published.  Being an artist is difficult proposition and offers a life of precarity for most of us (OK, almost all of us), and the last thing we need to do is to start accepting less of a share of sales in the only part of the art market US artists can really earn any money.  Having seen Adam Lindemann’s cavernous warehouse of a gallery in LA, it’s pretty clear that not everyone needs to worry about selling (or understands how big a difference a few hundred dollars can make), which is all the more reason artists ought to.

*Half of the works on paper remain unphotographed to date.

Mediations runs from October 24th through December 5th, 2015 at Charlie James Gallery in LOS ANGELES. 

The Management of Dreams
Posted by admin on 25 October 2015

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It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything new here. Social media has largely overtaken blogging as a way for me to (mis)communicate and figure out what’s happening in the (art) world. Still, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are fairly terrible places for actual thought.  Here are some recent essays and interviews that go a bit longer than a series of tweets or status updates.

Artistic success in America means wearing the right old school tie
Despite paying lip service to diversity, New York’s major museums, galleries and university programmes are bound tightly together in a system that favours the privileged –The Art Newspaper

Distribution is 80/20: A Presentation Transcript
Here is a copy of my remarks for the Artist as Debtor Conference at Cooper Union organized by Coco Fusco and Noah Fischer. artanddebt.org

Why Do We Expect Artists to Work for Free? Here’s How We Can Change the System
My Creative Time Reports piece exploring the economic realities and possibilities around artist’s payments.  Creative Time Reports

Pass/Fail/Incomplete Podcast Interview
In which I talk about Alien(s), Capitalism, and the art world with Peter Rostovsky and Oliver Wasow. We banter. –PFI
The Undergang Armchair Podcast Interview
Here I spend some time with Ando discussing the challenges and possibilities for artists working in and around the art market before the opening of my show “Dear Copenhagen” at Gallery Poulsen.  We sat in the storage room in the basement for this one along with my jet lag. –Undergang Armchair 

The Conversation Art Podcast Interview
Michael Shaw asks many questions about my art and I try to formulate answers.  I hope I have not embarrassed myself or slandered any friends.  The Conversation
Image: William Powhida, State 1 – Solidarity Economies, 2014. Copyright William Powhida. Commissioned by Creative Time Reports.
Recent Writing and Interviews
Posted by admin on 1 May 2015

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Dear Copenhagen
Posted by admin on 27 February 2015

Dear Grand Rapids

My exhibition, Unretrospective, which debuted at Platform Gallery this spring has been reconstituted at the Fed Galleries of Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI as part of their exhibition Money Matters. The exhibition is also part of Art Prize, a quasi-democratic art award competition. As part of the Unretrospective, any of my previous works available on my website may be republished in China.

Update: Following the close of Unretrospective republications are no longer available.

Money Matters/Artprize™
Posted by admin on 28 September 2014
Some Recent Drawings
Posted by admin on 1 September 2014

William Powhida

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