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William Powhida Paints in Earnest by New American Paintings

At first glance, William Powhida’s new show Bill By Bill at Charlie James Gallery looks like a fairly typical survey of contemporary art.  Just about all of today’s most common approaches to object-driven art making are represented.  There’s a post-minimalist sculpture, some neo-modernist wall pieces, a hard-edged abstraction, three large digitally printed color field paintings, a neo-expressionist painting, a taxidermied animal, and a neon sign.

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Installation view of Bill By Bill.  Photo courtesy of Charlie James Gallery

At second glance, the show looks like one big joke about the contemporary art world.  Powhida farmed out the making of these ‘artworks’ to assistants, mimicking popular contemporary tropes.  He then created some of his signature text-based pieces to accompany each of the works, satirically describing the labor (or lack there of) and intellectual rigor (or lack there of) that went into their creation. – Trevor Spaulding, Los Angeles Contributor

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Gallerist at Home: Margaret Heiner by New American Paintings

Nestled in DC’s Georgetown neighborhood, Margaret Heiner’s cozy gallery Heiner Contemporary, is quite perfect for a bustling college town, as it offers visitors young, fresh, and contemporary art.

Heiner has a keen eye for contemporary art, which at her home, serves as quite a compliment to her husband’s passion for Renaissance and Baroque art.  Together, their home reflects their combined love and zeal for art, while also showcasing their different tastes and preferences. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor


Bedroom Grouping, featuring artists: Alexander Gorlizki, R. A. Miller, Edwina White, Skylar Fein, Tony Feher, Avery Lawrence, Dawn Black, Walead Beshty, David Kramer, iona rozeal brown, William Powhida, Theodore “Ted” Turner. Photo courtesy of Nicole Lanteri.

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We Have a Pulse by New American Paintings

Pulse Contemporary Art Fair ran this past weekend in the heart of downtown LA—at LA Live.  Or at least we’re told LA Live is the “heart of the vibrant and burgeoning downtown Los Angeles community.”  As a native Angeleno, I certainly wouldn’t label LA Live the heart of downtown, nor would I label downtown Los Angeles a “burgeoning community” – because quite frankly, downtown LA has been a thriving and distinctive community for some time. – Ellen Caldwell, LA Contributor (more thoughts on the show and images after the jump!)


Heidi Tullmann and Ben Wolf at Christina Ray

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