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The Artist as Debtor: A Conference about the Work of Artists in the Age of Speculative Capitalism, Cooper Union F 1/23/15 1-9 pm

The Artist as Debtor: A Conference about the Work of Artists in the Age of Speculative Capitalism

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Great Hall, Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
New York NY 10003


Triangle Spring Fundraiser: We Know What We Like, March 21, 2011, 6–8 pm, Beacon, 25 W 56th Street

Please join Triangle Arts Association for a special evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and a lively conversation with Karen Wilkin and Hrag Vartanian as they discuss six important works of art by these artists: Susanna Heller, Ted Partin, William Powhida, Sean Scully, Robert Taplin, and Summer Wheat.

This will be a rare evening with these two noted art critics and writers as they turn their discerning eyes on recent work.

Monday, March 21st 2011
6:00 – 8:00 pm

25 West 56th Street
New York NY 10019

All Hail the New Media

Blog This at X-INITIATIVE January 15, 2010 Part I

James Kalm documents this panel discussion which explores the current state of art blogging and the blogosphere. Panel includes: Moderator Robin White, Kelly Shindler of Art21, Barry Hoggard of Bloggy, ArtCat, Culture Pundits, Edward Winkleman gallery owner, William Powhida artist and Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City.

William Powhida in A Tale of Three Covers

William Powhida, How the New Museum Committed Suicide with Banality, cover art, Brooklyn Rail, November 2009
(For a larger, more legible image, click here.)


December 25, 2009. The Brooklyn Rail, founded in 1998, is a scrappy, independent cultural/political broadsheet that covers issues in Brooklyn's waterfront neighborhoods (Williamsburg, Greenpoint, DUMBO, Red Hook) from a politically progressive vantage point. It publishes poetry and fiction and reviews local developments in music, film, dance, theater and books. Most significantly, it provides passionate, detailed, idiosyncratic coverage of the NY arts scene in each and every issue, with a full roster of exhibition reviews, feature articles and long, in-depth "conversations" with artists. Under publisher Phong Bui, it has developed an essential and original voice, and is part of my regular reading list. [Full disclosure: James Kalm, who maintains an ongoing video blog here at, has also contributed regularly to the Rail.]

Viewable online, distributed for free at certain bookstores and alt.culture locations, and also available by subscription, the Rail has a relatively small circulation (around 7,500). Even so, it regularly engages in adventurous promotional efforts normally the province of larger publications; for example, the printing of multiple covers for certain issues to better showcase the artists and contents within.

A case in point: the three different covers of the November 2009 issue. The one I have at home features an image from a Carroll Dunham painting. I understand there was also a Helmut Federle cover. (Both artists had solo shows in NY that month and are interviewed in the November Rail.) However, it is the third cover choice I wish to address here, a b/w drawing by artist, activist, satirist and draftsman William Powhida, executed in full caricature/agitprop mode (and pictured above), in which he addresses cronyism at the New Museum in gleeful, graphic, subversive detail.

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