• APRIL SPOTLIGHT •

William Powhida

“INVENTORY”

What happens when you produce too much art?  Over the last two years, artist William Powhida has produced nearly 200 watercolor paintings of Artforum advertisements to create a visual timeline of The Contemporary, a period of art history from 2000 — 2025 driven by the growth and bifurcation of the art market.  Over the course of two exhibitions and five art fairs, the artist has sold many of the works. And yet, the artist is currently sitting in his basement studio in Brooklyn with boxes of actual and speculative Artforum watercolors, thinking about one the most basic conditions of contemporary art, storage.  In a very real and uncomfortable way, the artist is confronting, and confronted by, the massive overproduction of contemporary art in a market with far more producers (artists) than consumers (collectors) that has led to most art living out human lifespans in climate-controlled warehouses that spread radially out from cities like New York and Los Angeles into the suburbs.

TO THIS END, Platform would like to help William by holding him to his word [1] by offering a 20% discount [2] on each painting during our April Spotlight exhibition about the perils and rewards of making art in a system that can lead to artists having to choose between renting a studio and renting a storage locker.  Having been produced for an ongoing artist book/publication project, the works are already priced below the artist’s minimum auction return and well below his retail value. What this means is up to you, but Platform Gallery would like to help move these wry selections of contemporary art history and satirical commentary on its future from crate to wall.  

W H A T D O E S T H I S M E A N ?
Each framed, original Powhida watercolor, normally priced at $1,500, is 20% off this month: $1,250 (plus shipping/handling: $40 for the first, $20 for each additional artwork).
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[1] See press release for his show at Charlie James Gallery in 2018.
[2] plus shipping/handling

 

Click individual thumbnail images for an enlarged view.

Theories, Models, Methods, Approaches, Assumptions, Results, and Findings Damien Hirst (2000)
2017, SOLD

Prada (2000)
2017, SOLD

AXA Art (2000)
2017, Available

Greater New York (2000)
2017, SOLD

Artforum (2000)
2017, SOLD

Cy Twombly (2001)
2017, SOLD

Thomas Ruff (2001)
2017, SOLD

Spruth Magers (2001)
2017, Available

Jeff Koons (2001)
2017, SOLD

Dispersion, Seth Price (2002)
2017, Available

Piotr Uklanski-Diptych left (2002)
2017, SOLD

Piotr Uklanski-Diptych right (2002)
2017, SOLD

Qusay Hussein’s Corpse (2003)
2017, SOLD

The Armory Show (2003)
2017, SOLD

Hauser & Wirth London (2003)
2017, SOLD

Art Basel Miami Beach (2003)
2017, SOLD

Zach Feuer Gallery (2004)
2017, SOLD

A photograph of (2004)
2017, SOLD

Persona (2004)
2017, SOLD

Roni Horn (2004)
2017, Available

Yvon Lambert (2004)
2017, Available

NADA Miami (2004)
2017, SOLD

Saatchi Gallery (2005)
2018, Available

Robert Gober (2005)
2017, SOLD

Jurgen Teller (2005)
2017, SOLD

Jim Shaw (2005)
2017, SOLD

Kristen McMenamy (2005)
2017, SOLD

Dana Schutz (2005)
2017, SOLD

The art world as we know it (2006)
2017, Available

White Cube (2006)
2017, SOLD

Jeremy Blake (2006)
2017, SOLD

Rebecca Morris (2006)
2017, SOLD

Jen Dalton (2006)
2017, SOLD

Scope (2007)
2017, SOLD

Sam Durant (2007)
2017, Available

Dash Snow (2007)
2017, SOLD

Eleven Rivington (2007)
2017, Available

Kandors Mike Kelly (2007)
2017, SOLD

Dash Snow (2008)
2017, Available

Jacques Rancière profile photograph (2008)
2018, Available

Whitney Biennial (2008)
2017, SOLD

80s Paintings Walter Robinson (2008)
2017, SOLD

Younger Than Jesus (2009)
2017, SOLD

Barkley Hendricks (2009)
2017, SOLD

Tracy Emin (2009)
2017, SOLD

Sikkema Jenkins (2010)
2017, SOLD

Chuck Close + AOL (2010)
2018, Available

Jacob Kassay (2010)
2017, Available

Poetry Dan Colen (2010)
2017, SOLD

Columbia MFA Thesis Show (2011)
2018, Available

Sterling Ruby (2011)
2018, SOLD

Petzel W. 18th St Announcement -Diptych left (2011)
2018, SOLD

Petzel W. 18th St Announcement -Diptych right (2011)
2018, SOLD

Sam Falls (2012)
2018, SOLD

Haim Steinbach (2011)
2018, SOLD

Lucien Smith (2012)
2018, Available

NADA Miami Beach (2012)
2017, SOLD

Yin Xiuzhen (2013)
2018, SOLD

Ad Reinhardt (2013)
2018, SOLD

Josh Smith (2013)
2017, Available

Christie’s (2013)
2018, Available

EXPO 1: New York (2013)
2018, SOLD

The Corrupt Show and the Speculative Machine Superflex (2014)
2017, SOLD

UOVO (2014)
2017, SOLD

Dan McCarthy (2015)
2018, Available

Ryan Gander (2015)
2017, Available

Stanley Whitney (2015)
2017, SOLD

20 Years Zabludowicz Collection (2015)
2017, SOLD

The Broad (2016)
2018, SOLD

Serra (2016)
2018, SOLD

Theaster Gates (2017)
2017, SOLD

Marlborough Chelsea is now Marlborough Contemporary (2017)
2017, Available

Marilyn Minter (2016)
2017, SOLD

Museo Jumex (2017)
2018, SOLD

Arcis (2017)
2017, SOLD

A. Geers New Forms (2018)
2017, SOLD

Senseless Jordan Wolfson (2018)
2017, Available

Grand Rapids Art Prize (2018)
2017, SOLD

Tiffany (2019)
2018, SOLD

Sharjah (2019)
2018, SOLD

W.A.G.E.N.C.Y (2019)
2017, SOLD

Codex (2019)
2017, SOLD

First as Tragedy then as Catastrophe (2020)
2018, SOLD

Smith (2020)
2017, SOLD

The Trump World Tower (2020)
2019, SOLD

Marina Abramovic (2020)
2018, Available

Radical Asymmetries (2020)
2017, SOLD

Museum of Ice Cream (2020)
2017, SOLD

Condo LA + London (2020)
2017, SOLD

Whitney Resist (2020)
2018, SOLD

A. GEERS (2021)
2017, Available

Deliverance Jeff Koons (2021)
2017, SOLD

Shainman (2021)
2018, ON HOLD

Queens Museum (2021)
2018, ON HOLD

Yeezy (2012)
2019, SOLD

The New Hudson Valley School (2021)
2018, SOLD

Gradients (2022)
2018, SOLD

Eliasson (2022)
2018, SOLD

Slow (2022)
2018, SOLD

Balenciaga (2022)
2018, SOLD

Life is Complex and Intricate Rachel Rose (2023)
2017, SOLD

SAIC (2023)
2018, Available

Yang Li (2023)
2018, Available

NADAADAA (2023)
2018, SOLD

Jerry Saltz (2023)
2018, SOLD

Mark Tansey (2024)
2019, SOLD

Baseera Khan (2024)
2018, SOLD

White Columns (2024)
2018, SOLD

WeWork (2024)
2018, SOLD

LA Open Studios (2024)
2018, ON HOLD

New Museum (2024)
2018, SOLD

Frieze LA (2025)
2018, SOLD

UOVO (2025)
2018, SOLD

DiCaprio (2025)
2018, SOLD

Platform is also pleased to offer the print editions of The Contemporary, a contextual timeline, for the period of art history driven by the continuing rise of wealth and income inequality, war, state violence, the return of ethnonationalism, accelerationist techno-fascism, and Peter Thiel.

The archival inkjet print is available in two sizes:
• 40 x 60 inches, in an edition of 18, $4,000 unframed
• 26 x 40 inches, in an edition of 18, $1,000 unframed

 
William-Powhida-Timeline.jpg

> LINK to left side enlarged detail > LINK to center enlarged detail > LINK to right side enlarged detail

William Powhida makes work from his observations of the art world, creating “art criticism” in graphic form. Through trompe l’oeil painting and drawings on paper emulating notes, letters, enemies lists, rants, to-do lists, Powhida’s fictional artistic personality goads, cajoles, critiques, insults, complains, and articulates life as a contemporary artist in a market-driven economy. 

William received his MFA in 2002 from Hunter College (New York, NY). He has mounted solo exhibitions in Los Angeles (CA), San Francisco (CA), Dallas (TX), New York (NY), Mexico City (Mexico), and Copenhagen (Denmark). His work has been included in countless group shows around the country and around the world. He lives and works in New York.

 

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