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“Explain Me”, an art podcast that talks about the latest art news and exhibitions through the lens of politics, money and the moral of responsibility of artists. To do this, we bring together the point of view of an artist and a critic, a perspective you won’t get anywhere else. Expect honesty. Expect opinions. And expect freewheeling conversation fueled by camaraderie and a general disappointment with the ways are turning out for us all.

“Explain Me”, an art podcast that talks about the latest art news and exhibitions through the lens of politics, money and the moral of responsibility of artists. To do this, we bring together the point of view of an artist and a critic, a perspective you won’t get anywhere else. Expect honesty. Expect opinions. And expect freewheeling conversation fueled by camaraderie and a general disappointment with the ways are turning out for us all.
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“Explain Me”, an art podcast that talks about the latest art news and exhibitions through the lens of politics, money and the moral of responsibility of artists. To do this, we bring together the point of view of an artist and a critic, a perspective you won’t get anywhere else. Expect honesty. Expect opinions. And expect freewheeling conversation fueled by camaraderie and a general disappointment with the ways are turning out for us all.

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Episodes

Museum Board Members Fail Moral Challenges, Museum Exhibitions Exceed Expectations

12/4/2018
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Donna DeSalvo assembles some of Andy Warhol's greatest work for his retrospective at the Whitney Museum, while revelations that Whitney Vice Chair Warren B. Kanders owns a company that sells tear gas used at the border shake museum staff. Soul of a Nation at the Brooklyn Museum looks at the history of political activism, while Jack Waters offers a mix of bag of awe inspiring abject art paired with groan inspiring sculptures and paintings. Jack Whitten at the Metropolitan Museum dazzles,...

Duration:01:08:35

Live From Forward Union: Four Women Who Are Using Art to Change the World

9/29/2018
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It's been a rough news week. Between Thursday's testimonies of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Kavanaugh's near appointment to the Supreme Court Friday, many of us are exhausted. We would like a win for women. Sometimes the quickest way to achieve that is to do it yourself. As such, this episode of Explain Me celebrates women who have made waves in the world of art and activism, through a series of interviews with four major...

Duration:01:39:41

What it Really Means to be A Mid-Career Artist: A Talk with LoVID's Tali Hinkis

8/21/2018
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In this episode we talk with LoVID's Tali Hinkis about the challenges of being a mid-career artist outside of New York. We discuss how to engage a general audience to getting grants and networking. A refreshingly frank talk about what mid-career actually looks like for artists and what it takes to even get there.

Duration:01:22:48

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

7/16/2018
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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 accountant and painter Hannah Cole joins us.

Duration:01:11:17

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

6/7/2018
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In Part II of Explain Me, William Powhida and Paddy Johnson 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 handful of truly remarkable shows. Those shows listed below. Doug Aitken at 303. Painted in Mexico 1700-1790 at The Met Huma Bhabha at the Met A Luta Continua The Sylvio Perlstein Collection Mel Chin...

Duration:01:01:45

Explain Me: Bags of Cash Help New Galleries

6/6/2018
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In this episode we 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.

Duration:00:46:38

Related Utopias: Bitcoin Economies and the Art World

5/1/2018
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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 and Tribulations - http://wdwreview.org/desks/china-crypto-currency-and-the-world-order/ Digital Denominations -...

Duration:01:33:34

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

4/17/2018
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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 dealbreaker. Debate ensues. The ad in which Pepsi and model Kendall Jenner create world peace gets a mention. All images discussed can be viewed on Art F City. Thanks to Explain Me sponsor, Superfine

Duration:00:54:02

Spring Break Part Two: The City and the City (Part Two)

3/10/2018
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In part two of Explain Me William Powhida and Paddy Johnson discuss at the following exhibitions: “Secret Identities” The Amazing Blackman and other comics by Kumasi J Barnett. Curated by Jac Lahav "Freedom School" by Elektra KB "A Pressing Conference" by Macon Reed. Curated by Helen Toomer "Bobby’s World" by Bobby Anspach "Psychic Pharmacy" by Howard Hurst curated by Helen Toomer "Hard or Soft Option" by Fall on Your Sword. Curated by Amber Kelly and Andrew Gori “Ours” co-curated by...

Duration:01:02:58

The Spring Break Art Show: A Good Time Show Disrupted by the Specter of Trump (Part One)

3/9/2018
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In this episode of Spring Break we discuss the fairs in general and where Spring Break fits in, themes, trends, the over all quality of the art, and a few pieces that stuck out for their overall failure. We also asked four participants to give us their elevator pitches for the show. Those guests included: Lynn Sullivan and Dominic Nurre's exhibition "Ours", (artists anonymous), Kyle Hittmeier and Amanda Nedham curated "The Last Equestrian Portrait" (a group show), Kumasi J Barnett "Stop it...

Duration:00:52:12

The Stink of Met Admission Hikes Endures

2/21/2018
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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 "pay-as-you-wish". As of March 1st, their suggested admission, $25 will become mandatory for anyone living outside of New York State. Children under 12 get in for free. Given that there's less than two weeks until this...

Duration:00:48:28

What Curators Really Think: A Cringe Worthy Report

12/29/2017
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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.

Duration:01:07:36

Gentrification, Income Inequality and Donald Trump Baby Turds

11/24/2017
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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...

Duration:01:27:03

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

11/6/2017
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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.

Duration:01:10:39

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

10/18/2017
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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...

Duration:00:58:23

The Turd of Gentrification Floating in the Pond of Urbanism

10/16/2017
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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!

Duration:01:01:31

The Broken Toilet

10/2/2017
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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...

Duration:01:05:56