The crudely amped-up art market built by the likes of Gagosian, Zwirner, and the auction houses has overwhelmed critical dialogue. But are they the only culprits? In "Bill by Bill" a solo exhibition at Charlie James Gallery, William Powhida blames artists themselves--Hirst, Richter, Koons, Guyton, and uber-artist wannabes--for their self-defeating complicity in a woefully corrupt system that has made a handful of participants fabulously wealthy while leaving everyone else barely able to pay the rent.
Enlisting assistants, family and friends to create low-budget versions of the most ubiquitous art fair art, from hard-edge abstract paintings, large-scale digital prints on canvas, and casual materialist paintings to discrete sculptural objects (tastefully arranged on a shelf), neon text pieces, and shiny geometric sculpture, Powhida masterfully spoofs the full range of methods artists have used to produce the massive amount of art objects that high-end galleries need to lard art fair booths and gallery outposts around the world.
"William Powhida: Bill by Bill," Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Through June 8, 2013.
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