Episode No. 78 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Philip Taaffe and William Powhida.
An exhibition of Taaffe’s most recent work opens Friday, May 3 at Luhring Augustine gallery in Chelsea. Taaffe has re-designed his website just in time for the show. Among the better artist websites, it features most (if not all) of the paintings he’s made since 1980.
Taaffe’s work engages cultural, natural and art history, often all at once. Taaffe’s work is in the collection of major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A 2001 survey of his work was launched by the Galleria Civica of Trento, Italy.
On the second segment, William Powhida discusses new work he’s exhibiting at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles. The gallery has made available a PDF catalogue of the exhibition. Powhida’s work typically engages in a pointed critique of the art market and the institutions and individuals who are part of its ecosystem. In 2010, Powhida created a drawing that served as the announcement that Modern Art Notes was moving from its previous home to Artinfo. Despite living and showing in New York, he has not been included in a Whitney Biennial because, well… awkward.
Air date: May 2, 2013.