1. Beautiful/Decay Book 7: Class Clowns


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    Laughter is universal; it transcends culture, trends, and time. The art world, however, is not considered to be droll. Galleries and museums are stoic, intellectual spaces and works of art are discussed in academic terms. Yet in this scholarly world there are artists that buck conventions and use humor to engage us and make us laugh and think. Art is a medium of communication and the artists in this issue have found that humor is the most powerful way to engage their audience and convey their message. This class clowns issue of Beautiful/Decay is dedicated to those artists who pack their work not only with meaning but with a powerful punch line that keeps us coming back for more. Join us as we delve into the world of Winnie Truong’s surreal and funny portraits, and find the humor in Devin Troy Strother’s discomfort with his own race. Witness how Maurizio Cattelan has become the art world’s premier prankster and gain insight into artistic duo littlewhitehead’s mixture of dark humor and lo-tech fabrication. View our cover artist Stefan Glerum’s arresting illustrations, and Ben Aqua’s subversive photography. See how William Powhida’s cynical, self-deprecating, and universally criticizing works take the role of the court jester to a new level. As if that weren’t enough to keep you busy, we’ve also invited an international cast of artists, illustrators, and designers to create original works for our Project Pages based on our theme. So get out your X-ray specs as we explore the worlds of Beautiful/Decay’s class clowns. Get your limited edition copy at beautifuldecay.com

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    • William Powhida's “Surviving the Art World Using the Art of Sorcery?”


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      Described as a “gadfly in the art establishment” by the New York Times, an “irresistible double-dipper and ingenious double-crosser” by the Los Angeles Times and a “stupid twerp” by the editor of Artnet Online Magazine, Powhida is a mercurial personality who has been investigating new ways to survive the volatile and Janus-faced art world. His latest path of query has led him to the dark art of sorcery. His talk at Hyperallergic HQ promises to reveal some of the inner-workings of his mind and we?re all excited (and scared) to see what he has in store for us. (Production note: The low volume improves after the first 3 minutes. )

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      • POWHIDA Trailer


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        We flew William Powhida out to LA to shoot a video for the show, No One Gets Out of Here Alive at Charlie James Gallery. He showed up looking exhausted and spent several days hanging out with some questionable people. At the end of the week he claimed to have produced some sort of ‘movie’ involving the decadent lifestyle of his petulant, narcissistic, and debauched alter-ego. The thing is, we’ve come to believe that Powhida did nothing but spend our money drinking, hanging out at strip clubs, and possibly doing drugs with the ‘actors’ and his so-called producer.

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        • MTAA's autotrace #class, both sides of the table


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          MTAA's autotrace #class at Winkleman Gallery

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            from James Kalm Added 97 0 1

            James Kalm has been documenting the work of William Powhida for several years now, and is constantly baffled. The press release states "The directors of Marlborough Chelsea are pleased to announce POWHIDA, a site-specific project by the eponymous artist". Well, I don't even know what the meaning of the word "eponymous" is, but this project/performance enters into the ever changing critique of the art world that has garnered Powhida at turns both enmity and esteem. Underlying POWHIDA is a cynical subversivness that plays on the art world's own narcissism and vanity, characteristics that are in no shortage here in Manhattan.

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            • Jennifer Dalton at WINKLEMAN & William Powhida at SCHROEDER ROMERO


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              James Kalm goes west, to bring viewers an exhibition double bill. Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida have created a stir that reverberates throughout the New York art scene. Though working with unique individual means, their excruciating examinations of art world norms reveals the faults and foibles of our materialistic and celebrity obsessed view of current artistic success. Dalton’s installation questions the basic notions of value, while Powhida probes the structures of power assigned by the media. Both present a poignant and comic depiction of “Institutional Critique”.

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              • CalArts Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents William Powhida, September 18, 2014


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                CalArts Fall 2014 Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents William Powhida on September 18, 2014 in F200

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                • County Down Episode 7: Angel’s Compound


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                  Gated community mass hysteria ensues as Angel gets in touch with her megalomaniac side. With special guests Ellen Cantor, Nicole Eisenman, Andy Haynes, Laura Parnes and William Powhida.

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