William Powhida's Graphic Satire

The galleries at Firestone Library are only used for collections owned by Princeton University. This saves us from the controversy facing the New Museum of Contemporary Art and its decision to exhibit a large amount of work from the private collection of one of its trustees.

This decision has not only led to a flurry of articles but the cover of the November Brooklyn Rail is devoted to William Powhida’s wonderful graphic satire of the principal characters involved. Powhida’s drawing is reminiscent of the newspaper covers printed in the early twentieth-century at the New York World. See: Nicholson Baker, The World on Sunday: Graphic Art in Joseph Pulitzer’s Newspaper, 1898-1911 (New York: Bulfinch Press, 2005). Graphic Arts Collection (GA) Oversize 2005-0624Q. I hope this trend continues.

For more information on Powhida, see http://www.williampowhida.com/

For more on the Brooklyn Rail, see http://www.brooklynrail.org/

For more information on the exhibition controversy, see: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/11/arts/design/11museum.html?_r=1