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The Affect of Animated GIFs (Tom Moody, Petra Cortright, Lorna Mills)

Tom Moody, Optidisc, 2005

Previously published at (2009)

Since the early 1990s, artists have chosen the internet as a medium, an environment and a forum. While some internet artists also maintain a gallery practice, the conditions and conventions that inform meaning in online art remain in many ways distinct from those of the off-line... | Read More

Explain Me: The Case for Taxing The Hell Out of Peter Brant

In this episode of Explain Me William Powhida and Paddy Johnson discuss the horrific business practices of Peter Brant and Interview Magazine, a fundraising campaign at University of North Carolina so misguided that firing is in order, and the latest headscratching Creative Time project. To help us discuss all of this, and how the new tax code will affect artists... | Read More

Explain Me, Part II: Doug Aitken’s New Era, Worst Show of 2018

Philippe Vergne and Doug Aitken at Aitken’s show New Era

In Part II of Explain Me, William Powhida and I discuss the difference between relational aesthetics and social practice, the whims of the auction market and the perilous affect it can have on artist careers, and Doug Aitken’s train wreck of a show at 303 Gallery along with a... | Read More

Explain Me: Bags of Cash Help New Galleries

Murakami at Gagosian Frieze NY

In this episode William Powhida and I discuss how the Frieze Art Fair’s failing air conditioning units won’t help global warming, sales strategies for emerging artists, and galleries that have come and gone. Look to Part II where we discuss the difference between social practice and relational aesthetics and discuss the Doug... | Read More

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.



Seven on Seven, 2014

Public Key/Private Key


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

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