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Explain Me: Related Utopias—Bitcoin Economies and the Art World

This week on Explain Me, William Powhida and Paddy Johnson talk with artist Kevin McCoy about Blockchain, Bitcoin and the Monegraph. This episode is your ultimate bitcoin/blockchain/monegraph explainer.

LINKS 

Monegraph

Seven on Seven, 2014

Public Key/Private Key

READING LIST  

China, Crypto-Currency, and the World Order Tribute... | Read More

Explain Me: The New Museum Triennial—Two Critics Perform Their Own Acts of Sabotage

 

Wong Ping, Wong Ping’s Fables 1, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong

In this episode of Explain Me, Paddy Johnson and William Powhida discuss the New Museum Triennial Songs for Sabotage. Both Johnson and Powhida agree this show has more of its fair share of bad art but only Powhida sees this as a... | Read More

Explain Me: The Spring Break Art Show Part One and Two With Pictures!

Bobby Anspach’s “Bobby’s World”. Image: Art F City

Last week William Powhida and I spent an enormous amount of time at the Spring Break Art Show. We had so much to say about the show we produced two podcasts and discussed many booths at length. In the first podcast, we give the lay of the land in art fair world (we discuss the... | Read More

Hans Ulrich Obrist Interested in Time, Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist delivering his keynote at The Armory Show

The line for last week’s keynote lecture at the Armory Show was as long as the speaker’s resume; slated to talk was Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Gallery and arguably the most famous curator in the world. But since Obrist is a fixture at large art fairs, the huge... | Read More

Carol Cole: Cast a Clear Light at The Weatherspoon

Carol Cole, “The Dissection of ANI”, from the series “ANI (Anti-Nothingness Image)”, 1993. Clay, embroidery thread, linen, silk, and satin; 10 5/8 x 13 x 4 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Exciting news: I’ve co-curated an exhibition of Carol Cole’s work and collection at the Weatherspoon with Emily Stamey! This exhibition... | Read More

Explain Me: The Stink of Met Admission Hikes Endures

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Back in January, William Powhida and I recorded an episode of Explain Me on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new admission policy. Earlier that month, the museum known for housing some of the world’s greatest treasures announced its admission price would no longer remain... | Read More

How The New Tax Bill Affects Freelancers

It’s 2018, and you are likely starting to think about your taxes. You may also be wondering what’s in the newly passed tax legislation (officially the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” or TCJA) and how it’s going to affect you. Here is some help, specifically targeted for freelancers and creative economy workers.

To be clear, the 2017 taxes you file in the next few... | Read More

Explain Me: What Curators Really Think—A Cringe Worthy Report

Installation view, Maryam Hoseini, Of Strangers and Parrots, Rachel Uffner Gallery

On this episode of Explain Me we discuss a disastrous curator conference at SVA titled “Curatorial Activism and the Politics of Shock”, the Miami art fairs, and three shows— “Talon Rouge: Six Mexican Artists Revisit José Juan Tablada and His... | Read More

From Donald Trump’s Lips to Future Clown’s Hips: Time to Resign!

It’s a miserable day in American history. Republicans have passed a bill that will give corporations and wealthy millionaires massive tax cuts while reducing the services for virtually everyone else. They’ve included enrichment provisions that will benefit the president and senators who have been on the fence, and by lying to the American people. Previously,... | Read More

Irena Jurek Interviews Billy Grant: One-Time Pyromaniac, Now Artist with a Drill

Installation view

Billy Grant’s art practice is expansive. He works in virtually every medium from painting, drawing and collage to sculpture, video, and performance.  He collaborates constantly—his best known collaborative effort with the Virginia based art collective Dearraindrop which ran from 2001 to 2009. (Grant was one of three members... | Read More

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