William Powhida: "On the Contemporary"

 


NY Times har udnævnt ham som ”one of our most trenchant and acerbic political artists”

Prisvindende kunstkritiker Jerry Saltz opfordrer: ”Some New York museum should immediately commission him to make a huge drawing of the art world as it is today”


Lørdag d. 17. november åbner Gallery Poulsen dørene for en af tidens absolut mest anmelderroste verdensnavne på den internationale kunstscene, William Powhida, når han kommer til København for at præsentere sin nye soloudstilling ”On the Contemporary”.

Med sin konfronterende akademiske tilgang og knivskarpe socioøkonomiske overblik, kanaliserer William Powhida en række ubehageligt nøjagtige og skelsættende fremtidssyn gennem sit velkendte satiriske perspektiv, hvilket gør ham til en af de vigtigste og mest omstridte nulevende kunstnere!

Som titlen antyder, er udstillingen ”On the Contemporary” et direkte bud på en vigtig periode i kunsthistorien, defineret ud fra ekspansionerne og sammentrækningerne på kunstscenen fra 2000 – 2025. I kølvandet på USAs midtvejsvalg d. 6. november illustrerer udstillingens hovedværk ”The Contemporary (2000-2025)” forholdet mellem samtidskunsten og den politiske og socioøkonomiske kontekst i to omfattende visuelle tidslinjer, der eksemplificeres i mere end 100 Artforum reklamer gengivet i akvarel og akryl.

Gennem sine spekulative værker, udfordrer Powhida ideen om den neoliberale frie markedskapitalisme som værende det bedste system til støtte af det demokratiske samfund og kulturproduktionen midt i en tid, som det amerikanske midtvejsvalg demonstrerer, hvor disse systemer befinder sig i dyb krise rundt om i verden.

”On the Contemporary” er en fortsættelse af William Powhidas museumsudstilling ”After the Contemporary”, som The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum præsenterede i marts-september 2017. Her stillede han skarpt på spørgsmål som what does Contemporary Art suggest about the future of society? Powhidas forskningsbaserede og spekulative fremtidsperspektiver påpeger en voksende ulighed, der tjener som en foruroligende advarsel, hvis de nuværende tendenser fortsætter!

I efterdønningerne af midtvejsvalget og med udstillingsåbningen lige om hjørnet, bliver William Powhida ikke mere højaktuel end lige netop nu! Vi giver jer derfor muligheden for at opleve udstillingen lige midt i en vigtig historisk begivenhed!

Udstillingen viser mere end 120 værker.
William Powhida er i København fra d. 10.-18. november og tilgængelig for interviews.
Kontakt galleriet på [email protected] eller tlf. + 45 33 33 93 96 for nærmere information

Om William Powhida


NY Times has named him ”one of our most trenchant and acerbic political artists”

Award-winning art critic Jerry Saltz has previously urged: "Some New York Museum should immediately commission him to make a huge drawing of the art world as it is today"


On November 17th, Gallery Poulsen will open the doors to one of the most critically acclaimed names on the international art scene of our time, William Powhida, as he arrives in Copenhagen to present his new solo exhibition ”On the Contemporary”.

With his confrontational academic approach and razor-sharp socioeconomic overview, Powhida channels a series of grimly plausible visions of the future through the artist’s well-known, satirical perspective, making him one of the most important and contentious artists working today.

The exhibition "On the Contemporary", as its title suggests, proposes that contemporary art is a defined period of art history driven by the expansion and eventual contraction of the art market from 2000 - 2025. In the wake of the United States mid-term election on November 6th, the centerpieces of the exhibition outline the relationship between contemporary art and the political and socioeconomic contexts of the period through two large scale visual timelines, one composed of over a 100 Artforum advertisements rendered in watercolor and acrylic. Together, along with several other historical and speculative works, the artist challenges the idea that neoliberal, free market capitalism is the best system to support democratic societies and cultural production in a time — as the urgency of the US mid-term elections demonstrate — when these systems are in crisis around the world.

"On the Contemporary" is a continuation of Powhida's exhibition "After the Contemporary", the artist’s first museum solo exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in March-September 2017. Here, Powhida’s new paintings and drawings continue to ask what do the changes in contemporary art predict about the future of society? Powhida’s research-based analysis and speculative future outcomes trace a course of greater inequality that serves as a troubling warning if current trends continue.

In the aftermath of the mid-term election and with the exhibition opening just around the corner, William Powhida could not be more relevant! We therefore ask you to join us for the opportunity to experience the exhibition amidst a crucial historical event!

The exhibition shows more than 120 works.
William Powhida will be in Copenhagen from November 10-18 and available for interviews.
Contact the gallery at [email protected] or phone + 45 33 33 93 96 for further information

About William Powhida



 

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"The Contemporary 2000-2025" 2018, acrylic, graphite, watercolor on paper, 212 x 135 cm, 83.5 x 53 in
"After the Contemporary" 2018, graphite, colored pencil, and acrylic on Yupo mounted on aluminum, 140 x 112 cm, 55 x 44 in
"Petzel 2000" 2018, acrylic, graphite and watercolor on paper mounted on aluminum, 89 x 89 cm, 35 x 35 in
"YSL 2015" 2018, acrylic, graphite and watercolor on paper mounted on aluminum, 89 x 89 cm, 35 x 35 in
"Powhida 2025" 2018, acrylic, graphite and watercolor on paper mounted on aluminum, 89 x 89 cm, 35 x 35 in
"Damien Hirst 2009" 2018, acrylic, graphite and watercolor on paper mounted on aluminum, 89 x 89 cm, 35 x 35 in
"Eddie Martinez 2020" 2018, acrylic, graphite and watercolor on paper mounted on aluminum, 89 x 89 cm, 35 x 35 in
"#Hashtags" 2017, acrylic on paper on aluminum, 89 x 112 cm, 35 x 44 in
"How To Disappear (Sorry Hito)" 2017, graphite and colored pencil on paper mounted on aluminum, 91 x 112 cm, 36 x 44 in
"What is an Artist?" 2017, silkscreen, edition of 30, 40 x 50 cm, 16 x 20 in
"Artforum 2000" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Prada 2000" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Greater New York 2000" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"AXA Art 2000" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Damien Hirst 2000" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Thomas Ruff 2001" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Spruth Magers 2001" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Jeff Koons 2001" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Piotr Uklanski A Diptych 2002" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Piotr Uklanski B Diptych 2002" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Dispersions Seth Price 2002" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Hauser Wirth London 2003" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"The Armory Show 2003" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Qusay Hussein’s Corpse 2003" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Art Basel Miami Beach 2003" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Yvon Lambert 2004" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Roni Horn 2004" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"LFL Gallery is now Zach Feuer Gallery 2004" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"William Powhida 2004" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"A photograph of 2004" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Dana Schutz 2005" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"NADA Miami 2004" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Robert Gober 2005" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Jim Shaw 2005" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Saatchi Gallery 2005" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Jurgen Teller 2005" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Kristen McMenamy 2005" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Rebecca Morris 2006" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Jeremy Blake 2006" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Jen Dalton 2006" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"The art world as we know it 2006" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Dash Snow 2007" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"White Cube 2006" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Sam Durant 2007" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Kandors Mike Kelly 2007" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Whitney Biennial 2008" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Scope 2007" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Dash Snow 2008" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Eleven Rivington 2007" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"80s Paintings Walter Robinson 2008" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Jacques Rancière profile photograph 2008" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Tracy Emin 2009" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Younger Than Jesus 2009" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Jacob Kassay 2010" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Barkley Hendricks 2009" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Chuck Close + AOL 2010" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Poetry Dan Colen 2010" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Petzel B 2011" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Petzel A 2011" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Columbia MFA Thesis Show 2011" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Sterling Ruby 2011" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Lucien Smith 2012" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Haim Steinbach 2012" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"NADA Miami Beach 2012" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Sam Falls 2012" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Rheinhardt 2013" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Expo1 2013" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Josh Smith 2013" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Christies 2013" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Yin Xuizhen 2013" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Superflex 2014" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Dan McCarthy 2015" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Uovo 2014" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Stanley Whitney 2015" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Ryan Gander 2015" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"The Broad 2016" 2018_acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Zabludowicz 2015" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Serra 2016" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Marlborough Contemporary 2017" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Theaster Gates 2017" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Marylin Minter 2017" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Art Prize 2018" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Arcis 2017" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Museo Jumex 2017" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Jordan Wolfson 2018" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Tiffany 2019" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Codex 2019" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"WAGENCY 2019" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Sharjah 2019" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Smith 2020" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Museum of Ice Cream 2020" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Bernstein 2020" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Condo LA London 2020" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Marina Abramovic 2020" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Guggenheim 2020" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Shainman 2021" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Yeezy 2021" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Zwirner 2021" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"A Geers 2021" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Phillips 2022" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Queens Museum 2021" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Balenciaga 2022" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Slow 2022" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Rachel Rose 2023" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"NADAADAA 2023" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Yang Li 2023" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"SAICAIC 2023" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"New Museum 2024" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Jerry Saltz 2023" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"LA openstudio 2024" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Baseera Khan 2024" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"WeWork 2024" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Mark Tansey 2024" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Dicaprio 2025" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"White Columns 2024" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Uovo 2025" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"Frieze LA 2025" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in
"After the Contemporary 2050" 2018, acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 15 x 15 in