William Powhida: Zip Bag
Recycled cotton canvas bag with zipper
9 x 6 inches
Produced by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Made in U.S.A.
This limited-edition bag features artwork by William Powhida, an artist whose work provides a satirical, political, and sometimes despairing window into his own experience in New York’s contemporary art market.
"Beware of artists. They mix with all classes of society and are therefore most dangerous." - Queen Victoria
Featuring the closing annotation from the hand-drawn introductory wall label from Powhida’s exhibition at The Aldrich, After the Contemporary, a fictive retrospective from the year 2050, Powhida employs this notable quote from Queen Victoria as a comment on the “role of the artist.” Powhida authored and illustrated the exhibition’s wall texts with graphite on sheetrock and thorough annotations, written in red, provide historical context (both truthful and speculative), snarky remarks, fictive musings from the future, and a dose of humor.