By Paddy Johnson and William Powhida
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“Explain Me”, an art podcast that talks about the latest art news and exhibitions through the lens of politics, money and the moral of responsibility of artists. To do this, we bring together the point of view of an artist and a critic, a perspective you won’t get anywhere else. Expect honesty. Expect opinions. And expect freewheeling conversation fueled by camaraderie and a general disappointment with the ways are turning out for us all.
||ExplicitLive From Forward Union: Four Women Who Are Using Art to Change the World||It's been a rough news week. Between Thursday's testimonies of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Kavanaugh's near appointment to the Supreme Court Friday, many of us are exhausted. We would l||9/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat it Really Means to be A Mid-Career Artist: A Talk with LoVID's Tali Hinkis||In this episode we talk with LoVID's Tali Hinkis about the challenges of being a mid-career artist outside of New York. We discuss how to engage a general audience to getting grants and networking. A refreshingly frank talk about what mid-career a||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitExplain Me: The Case for Taxing the Hell Out of Peter Brant||In this episode of Explain Me William Powhida and Paddy Johnson discuss the horrific business practices of Peter Brant and Interview Magazine, a fundraising campaign at University of North Carolina so misguided that firing is in order, and the latest||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitExplain Me, Part II: Doug Aitken New Era, Worst Show of 2018||In Part II of Explain Me, William Powhida and Paddy Johnson discuss the difference between relational aesthetics and social practice, the whims of the auction market and the perilous affect it can have on artist careers, and Doug Aitken's train wreck o||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitExplain Me: Bags of Cash Help New Galleries||In this episode we discuss how the Frieze Art Fair's failing air conditioning units won't help global warming, sales strategies for emerging artists, and galleries that have come and gone.||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRelated Utopias: Bitcoin Economies and the Art World||This week on Explain Me, William Powhida and Paddy Johnson talk with artist Kevin McCoy about Blockchain, Bitcoin and the Monegraph. This episode is your ultimate bitcoin/blockchain/monegraph explainer. Links: Monegraph Seven on Seven, 2014 Public K||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitExplain Me: The New Museum Triennial—Two Critics Perform Their Own Acts of Sabotage||In this episode of Explain Me, Paddy Johnson and William Powhida discuss the New Museum Triennial "Songs for Sabotage". Both Johnson and Powhida agree this show has more of its fair share of bad art but only Powhida sees this as a dealbreaker. Debate en||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSpring Break Part Two: The City and the City (Part Two)||In part two of Explain Me William Powhida and Paddy Johnson discuss at the following exhibitions: “Secret Identities” The Amazing Blackman and other comics by Kumasi J Barnett. Curated by Jac Lahav "Freedom School" by Elektra KB "A Pressing Conf||3/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Spring Break Art Show: A Good Time Show Disrupted by the Specter of Trump (Part One)||In this episode of Spring Break we discuss the fairs in general and where Spring Break fits in, themes, trends, the over all quality of the art, and a few pieces that stuck out for their overall failure. We also asked four participants to give us their||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Stink of Met Admission Hikes Endures||Back in January, William Powhida and I recorded an episode of Explain Me on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new admission policy. Earlier that month, the museum known for housing some of the world's greatest treasures announced its admission price||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat Curators Really Think: A Cringe Worthy Report||On this episode of Explain Me we discuss a disastrous curator conference at SVA titled "Curatorial Activism and the Politics of Shock", the Miami art fairs, and three shows— "Talon Rouge: Six Mexican Artists Revisit José Juan Tablada and His New York||12/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGentrification, Income Inequality and Donald Trump Baby Turds||In this episode of Explain Me William Powhida and Paddy Johnson talk about the 450 million dollar Leonardo Da Vinci of disputed authenticity and the Boyle Heights activists who follow artist Laura Owen's from L.A. to New York to protest her non-profit||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAn Interview with Kenny Schacter: There's No Bubble in the Art Market and No Solution for Struggling Artists||Hosts Paddy Johnson and William Powhida talk to art advisor Kenny Schacter about the art market at the upper levels and the art market in the middle and emerging tiers. Our central question: How Trumpian is the Art World. We learn about that, plus Schac||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMaking Monstrosity Visible in Three Parts: Paglen, Ga, and Fast||Three shows. Three reviews. The Trevor Paglen exhibition at Metro Pictures is creepy as f**k. We take issue with New York Magazine critic Jerry Saltz's review on the subject. Ellie Ga at Bureau sensitively touches on the horror of the Syrian refugee||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Turd of Gentrification Floating in the Pond of Urbanism||This week on Explain Me William Powhida and Paddy Johnson chat with Los Angeles Times staff writer Carolina Miranda about David Geffen's $150 million donation to LACMA and the questions surrounding the gift. Will he bequeath his collection to the museum||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Broken Toilet||The inaugural episode of Explain Me, an art podcast with critic Paddy Johnson and artist William Powhida! A round of woos and hoos please! Explain Me looks at politics, money and the moral of responsibility of artists working in the art world. In this||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A welcome new podcast...
Two smart and engaging voices in art talking about current issues. A much needed podcast for those interested in contemporary art!
Good editor needed
The content here is interesting but much too wordy. An hour is too long for a podcast. Invest in a qualified editor and your show will thank you.
Essential listening for artists, critics, and audiences interested in what’s happening in the art world(s) and beyond.