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Was It Even Supposed to Be Fun? The Whitney Biennial Opening Kicks Off Armory Week

"BCBGMAXAZRIA partners with the
Whitney Museum of American Art for the 
2014 Biennial Opening Night." (Photo and caption courtesy Patrick McMullan)

“Scenes,” read a label on David Foster Wallace’s Cuddly Cuties™ branded Pale King notebook on the fourth floor of the Whitney Museum at the Biennial opening Wednesday night. The object raised a few questions. Was it necessary to include one of the greatest writers of his generation in this museum show, when he’s already received no shortage of tributes since his suicide five and a half years ago1? And if a writer had to cover this particular opening, might it be, in just this one case, acceptable to attempt an imitation of Wallace’s trenchant, scene-oriented style of journalism2? Read More