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View of “William Powhida,” 2013.

William Powhida

Charlie James Gallery

View of “William Powhida,” 2013.

In recent years, Brooklyn-based artist William Powhida has garnered a reputation as a gadfly caricaturist with his drawings that diagram, in paranoiac detail, the art world as a socially, politically, and economically dysfunctional system. In November 2009, his drawing How the New Museum Committed Suicide with Banality, commissioned for the cover of the Brooklyn Rail, galvanized critical consciousness around “Skin Fruit,” the New Museum’s show of selections from the collection of Dakis Joannou (a trustee of the institution) curated by Jeff Koons. Powhida is as beloved by the snarky art blogosphere as he is by the figures whose self-importance is confirmed when they find themselves lampooned in his works. Joannou himself reportedly bought an editioned print of the New Museum drawing, and Jerry Saltz once wrote under the headline “William Powhida Is Making Fun of Me, and I Love It.”

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