What Curators Really Think: A Cringe Worthy Report

December 29, 2017

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 New York Circle" at PROXYCO, "Johnny Abrahams: Threnody" at The Hole and "Molly Zuckerman-Hartung: Learning Artist" and "Maryam Hoseini Of Strangers and Parrots" at Rachel Uffner. 


Gentrification, Income Inequality and Donald Trump Baby Turds

November 24, 2017

In this episode of Explain Me William Powhida and Paddy Johnson talk about the 450 million dollar Leonardo Da Vinci of disputed authenticity and the Boyle Heights activists who follow artist Laura Owen's from L.A. to New York to protest her non-profit 365 Mission while she visited The Whitney. Activists believe the presence of her gallery will lead to displacement. Additionally, we discuss the following exhibitions: 

Tiger Strikes Asteroid: Didier William, "We Will Win"

The Museum of Human Achievement (in Austin TX)

Five Miles: Nicholas Cueva, "The People Games Play"

Trestle Projects: Tracing Trajectories/Selections from the Hoggard/Wagner Collection 

Microscope Gallery: Anita Thacher, “Anteroom”

Signal Gallery: Rachel Rossin, "Peak Performance"

Present Company: Myeongsoo Kim and Jessie Rose Vala, "Dusk to Dust" 

Denny Gallery: Future Retrieval, Permenant Spectacle

Derek Eller Gallery: Whiting Tennis



An Interview with Kenny Schacter: There’s No Bubble in the Art Market and No Solution for Struggling Artists

November 7, 2017

Hosts Paddy Johnson and William Powhida talk to art advisor Kenny Schacter about the art market at the upper levels and the art market in the middle and emerging tiers. Our central question: How Trumpian is the Art World. We learn about that, plus Schacter's great love for art and dealers. A word of warning though: some of Schacter's conclusions for struggling artists are bleak at best. 


Making Monstrosity Visible in Three Parts: Paglen, Ga, and Fast

October 18, 2017

Three shows. Three reviews. The Trevor Paglen exhibition at Metro Pictures is creepy as fuck. We take issue with New York Magazine critic Jerry Saltz's review on the subject. Ellie Ga  at Bureau sensitively touches on the horror of the Syrian refugee crisis. Omer Fast at James Cohen produces some powerful videos about the role of the artist in times of crisis, but they are overshadowed by protestors. They believe his decision to transform the front of the gallery into a waiting room in a Chinese bus station amounts to yellowface. Our thoughts on this and just about everything else. 


The Turd of Gentrification Floating in the Pond of Urbanism

October 16, 2017

This week on Explain Me William Powhida and Paddy Johnson chat with Los Angeles Times staff writer Carolina Miranda about David Geffen's $150 million donation to LACMA and the questions surrounding the gift. Will he bequeath his collection to the museum? Later, we discuss the recent gentrification wars in Boyle Heights, a rather strange description of the non-profit 365 Mission and solicit Miranda's advice on must-see LA shows!


The Broken Toilet

October 2, 2017

The inaugural episode of Explain Me, an art podcast with critic Paddy Johnson and artist William Powhida! A round of woos and hoos please! Explain Me looks at politics, money and the moral of responsibility of artists working in the art world.

In this episode, we discuss Documenta's massive overspending and near bankrupcy, the closure of Bruce High Quality Foundation University, and a new development along the 7 line describing itself as New York's best installation. We also talk about a few shows we've seen recently in Chelsea, Kara Walker at Sikkema Jenkins, Christian Marclay at Paula Cooper, Tom Friedman at Lurhing Augustine, Franklin Evans at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe,  Maya Lin at Pace, Robert Motherwell at Paul Kasmin, and Celeste Dupuy Spencer at Marlborough Gallery. Expect opinions.