William Powhida reorients our perspective away from the individuals who lead and fundraise for cultural institutions and redirects it toward international flows of capital.
The Pursuit of Art, 2017
A year of truth-telling and electric painting.
Life After Art: William Powhida’s Futures Market
A meta-besotted, multilayered, impudent, lacerating exhibition that pricks pretense and self-delusion on every level.
When Great Art Makes You LOL
Is funny art actually funny? The answer, as we see it, is a rousing chorus of “it depends.”
The Pursuit of Art, 2016
The first painting I saw in 2016 was “Cockman Always Rises Orange” (2015): we can’t say we weren’t warned.
In Philip Guston’s Nixon Drawings, a Tool Kit for Satirizing Loathsome Presidents
Over 170 caricatures of Richard Nixon offer an instructive precedent for artists struggling to overcome political and creative blocks in one leap.
The Shelf Life of Political Art
Tucked into a side wall at Postmasters Gallery in Tribeca, as part of a handsome group show called Grayscale, there are five new drawings by William Powhida, one of which is titled “Is Donald Trump an Existential Threat? Or Just A Major Asshole…”
A Public Art Project Invites Gentrifiers to Confess Their Sins
On a Saturday evening a few weekends ago, several artists, performers, activists, and writers gathered at an apartment in Chelsea to discuss their relationship to the city-wide process of gentrification.
The Pursuit of Art, 2014
The exhibitions that rippled through our cultural fabric over the past year, at least those occurring in and around New York, have registered the predictable number of highs and lows, though 2014 did manage to plumb one nadir unlikely to be matched for a good long time.
The Frontier of the Art World
GALVESTON, Texas — The idea of a boomtown is part of the myth of the United States of America. Like dreamers huddled around storytellers in an ethereal oasis, Americans like tales of prosperity that lead to legends of streets paved with gold.
Did a Few Tweets Force Frieze to Unionize?
On April 9, Frieze New York and city labor unions announced that they had reached a settlement regarding using unionized workers for their fair in May.
Like It Is: William Powhida at Postmasters
William Powhida has been tracking the feeding habits of the oligarchy for years, which makes it seem almost prophetic that the Supreme Court struck down overall spending limits on Federal elections during the run of Overculture, his second solo show at Postmasters Gallery.