Nina Katchadourian, Genealogy of the Supermarket (detail)
Nina Katchadourian was born in Stanford, California, and grew up spending every summer on a small island in the Finnish archipelago, where she still spends part of each year. Her work exists in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as PS1/MoMA, the Serpentine Gallery, New Langton Arts, Artists Space, SculptureCenter, and the Palais de Tokyo. In January 2006 the Turku Art Museum in Turku, Finland featured a solo show of works made in Finland, and in June 2006 the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs exhibited a 10-year survey of her work and published an accompanying monograph entitled "All Forms of Attraction." The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presented a solo show of recent video installation works in July 2008. Katchadourian is represented by Catharine Clark gallery in San Francisco.
William Powhida, A Guide to the Market Oligopoly System (detail)
William Powhida is a habitual critic of the art world. Powhida lives in Bushwick, has a studio in Williamsburg, and exhibits in Chelsea. He received a BFA with honors from Syracuse University and an MFA from Hunter College. He has exhibited in New York, Los Angles, Seattle, London, Madrid, Miami, Chicago, and Copenhagen.
Powhida’s work involves socially-transformative narratives that explore the artist’s place in the market, from his “letters” to collectors, artists, and dealers, to painting his own press. Recently, his art has transcended the material and absorbed the artist himself. Powhida is a brilliant and paradoxical idea of success, represented by Schroeder Romero & Shredder in New York, Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, and Platform Gallery in Seattle. After being commodified and assimilated into the market, he has taken a step back and is wondering, “What the hell happened?”
Abramovic has presented her work with performances, sound, photography, video, sculpture and Transitory Objects for Human and Non Human Use in solo exhibitions at major institutions in the US and Europe. Her work has also been included in many large-scale international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1976 and 1997) and Documenta VI, VII and IX, Kassel, Germany (1977, 1982 and 1992). In 1998, the exhibition Artist Body—Public Body toured extensively, including stops at Kunstmuseum and Grosse Halle, Bern and La Gallera, Valencia. In 2004, Abramovic also exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in New York and had a significant solo show, The Star, at the Maruame Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kumamoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan.
Abramovic has taught and lectured extensively in Europe and America. In 1994 she became Professor for Performance Art at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Braunschweig where she taught for seven years. In 2004 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Institute in Chicago.
She was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale for her extraordinary video installation/performance piece Balkan Baroque and in 2003 received the Bessie for The House with the Ocean View a 12-day performance at Sean Kelly Gallery.
In 2005, Abramovic presented Balkan Erotic Epic at the Pirelli Foundation in Milan, Italy and at Sean Kelly Gallery, New York. That same year, she held a series of performances called Seven Easy Pieces at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She was honored for Seven Easy Pieces by the Guggenheim at their International Gala in 2006 and by the AICA USA with the "Best Exhibition of Time Based Art" award in 2007. Abramovic's work is included in numerous major public and private collections worldwide. She was the subject of a major retrospective at MoMA—The Artist Is Present—from March 14 through May 31, 2010.