William Powhida‘s work can be considered an angry response to the movers and shakers of the art world and its hierarchical structures. But they are also well executed pieces that include, drawing, painting and critical writing, a far cry from the more common ‘hate art’ that we can easily find among frustrated artists and critics alike. In fact, Powhida, a self-proclaimed ‘reformed art critic,’ used to write for The Brooklyn Rail for years before venturing full-time into his own artistic practice.
In Whitney Rejection Letter (2008), Powhida writes a mock rejection letter from the Whitney Museum explaining all the good and sound reasons for not including him in the biennial. He also paints a new and more contemporary version of John Baldessari’s Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell, that includes maintaining a vague political subtext and making lots of silk screens.
The following bio was taken from the artists’ website:
William Powhida (b. 1976, New York) is a GENIUS artist and reformed critic living and working in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He studied painting at Syracuse University where he easily received his B.F.A with honors and received his M.F.A. from the famed (cheap) Hunter College program in New York City. Getting a honors there was even easier.
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