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Explain Me

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Rank #121 in Visual Arts category

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Politics, art, and a general disappointment with how things are going.

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Politics, art, and a general disappointment with how things are going.

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By Laarubh - Aug 26 2018
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Currently listening to the mid-career artist show and felt compelled to write a review because I realized how much I missed this show. So refreshing to hear an honest discussion of the business and politics of art today. Thank you! Keep going

The Best Contemporary Art Podcast in Existence

By Grin Gogh - May 16 2018
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There ain’t much competition, but these two really bring it. Opinionated and well-informed, Paddy and Bill are your point of access to the New York “art world” regardless of where you are in the world. Listen, learn, laugh, and do other things that begin with “L.”

iTunes Ratings

41 Ratings
Average Ratings
34
2
1
2
2

Excellent

By Laarubh - Aug 26 2018
Read more
Currently listening to the mid-career artist show and felt compelled to write a review because I realized how much I missed this show. So refreshing to hear an honest discussion of the business and politics of art today. Thank you! Keep going

The Best Contemporary Art Podcast in Existence

By Grin Gogh - May 16 2018
Read more
There ain’t much competition, but these two really bring it. Opinionated and well-informed, Paddy and Bill are your point of access to the New York “art world” regardless of where you are in the world. Listen, learn, laugh, and do other things that begin with “L.”

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Explain Me

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Politics, art, and a general disappointment with how things are going.

Rank #1: What Curators Really Think: A Cringe Worthy Report

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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. 

Dec 29 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #2: Gentrification, Income Inequality and Donald Trump Baby Turds

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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 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

Nov 24 2017

1hr 27mins

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Rank #3: An Interview with Kenny Schacter: There's No Bubble in the Art Market and No Solution for Struggling Artists

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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. 

Nov 07 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #4: Making Monstrosity Visible in Three Parts: Paglen, Ga, and Fast

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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 Chinese bus station amounts to yellowface. Our thoughts on this and just about everything else. 

Oct 18 2017

58mins

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Rank #5: Explain Me: The New Museum Triennial—Two Critics Perform Their Own Acts of Sabotage

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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

Apr 17 2018

54mins

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Rank #6: Related Utopias: Bitcoin Economies and the Art World

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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 OrderTribute and Tribulations - http://wdwreview.org/desks/china-crypto-currency-and-the-world-order/Digital Denominations - http://wdwreview.org/desks/china-crypto-currency-and-the-world-order-part-2/Clone Wars - http://wdwreview.org/desks/china-crypto-currency-and-the-world-order-part-3/

A modern classic

Hito Steyerl - If you don’t have bread, eat Art!
http://www.e-flux.com/journal/76/69732/if-you-don-t-have-bread-eat-art-contemporary-art-and-derivative-fascisms/
 
Does Digital Culture Want to be Free?
How blockchains are transforming the economy of cultural goods
http://www.academia.edu/33838249/Does_digital_culture_want_to_be_free_How_blockchains_are_transforming_the_economy_of_cultural_goodsThanks to Explain Me sponsor, Superfine

May 01 2018

1hr 33mins

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Rank #7: Explain Me, Part II: Doug Aitken New Era, Worst Show of 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 at the Queens Museum

#OE2018

Jacolby Satterwhite at Gavin Brown

On Human Limits at Present Company

Ander Mikalson

*Plus we throw Dan Colen under the bus. 

Jun 07 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #8: The Spring Break Art Show: A Good Time Show Disrupted by the Specter of Trump (Part One)

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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 Whiteman: You're Wrecking the World"  curated by Jac Lahav, and Mark Joshua Epstein and Will Hutnick present "The Songs Make a Space" by the late composer Michael Friedman. 

All images and credits will appear on Art F City.  

Correction: In this episode we incorrectly identified a series of protest signs titled "You'll Never Know We Were Here" 

as the work of Sarah Walko. The piece was done by Fernando Orellana. 

Mar 09 2018

52mins

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Rank #9: Explain Me: Bags of Cash Help New Galleries

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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. 

Jun 06 2018

46mins

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Rank #10: Spring Break Part Two: The City and the City (Part Two)

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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 Dominic Nurre and Lynn Sullivan

"Goodbye Columbus" a group show curated by Isaac Aden and Joseph Ayers 

"The Last Equestrian Portrait" a group show curated by Amanda Nedham and Kyle Hittmeier

Images will appear on Art F City. 

Correction: In this episode we incorrectly identified a series of protest signs titled "You'll Never Know We Were Here" 

as the work of Sarah Walko. The piece was done by Fernando Orellana. 

Mar 10 2018

1hr 2mins

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