Good news for anyone who just can’t get enough of the controversy surrounding the New Museums upcoming exhibition of the Dakis Joannou collection: Now you can own a print of the sensational drawing that William Powhida made for the cover of the Brooklyn Rail back in November, which is headlined “How the New Museum committed suicide with banality,” and features caricatures of the major players in the shakeup, among them Joannou; New Museum director Lisa Phillips; feisty blogger Tyler Green, who set off the debate; and artist Jeff Koons, curator of the exhibition. Two galleries who work with Powhida — New York’s Schroeder Romero & Shredder and LA’s Charlie James — are selling the prints, which are in an edition of 20. The price started at $950 when the prints went on offer early yesterday, says Lisa Schroeder, but goes up as the prints sell; by last night it was at $1,150.
“We've had a lot of interest in the image since the Rail cover came out,” says Schroeder. As for the print, the subject matter seems ideal for, er, museum insiders; indeed, according to Schroeder, a few Whitney Museum trustees were among the first buyers. The Rail bought the original.