2014 Whitney Biennial
In late January, the artist Donelle Woolford, a black woman with short hair who looks to be in her mid 30s, was at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair, outfitted in a 1970s-style suit and mustache, doing a Richard Pryor routine. It went well, but it could have gone better. The book fair, she wrote in an email shortly afterward, “maybe wasn’t the best context for a Richard Pryor routine.” This particular routine was recorded as the final episode of Pryor’s 1977 television show (which only lasted four episodes) and was pretty much engineered to be censored. “I think the audience was a bit taken aback by all the N-bombs and F-bombs,” she said. Everywhere she has gone—a museum in San Francisco and community centers in Chicago and Oakland have been among her stops—audiences have reacted differently.
Whitney Biennial 2012
Carol Vogel of The New York Times has a big scoop on the 2014 Whitney Biennial, revealing in her Inside Art column today that three curators will organize the show, each taking a floor of the Whitney’s Breuer Building. Those lucky curators are Stuart Comer, the Tate Modern’s film curator; Anthony Elms, associate curator at the ICA Philadelphia; and Michelle Grabner, an artist who chairs the School of the Art Institute of Chicago painting and drawing department.
Director Vincent Gallo’s contribution to the Whitney Biennial had been anticipated ever since the list of participating artists, which included his name, was first leaked in December 2011. But as the Biennial, which opened on March 1, came to a close officially on May 27—with a few galleries remaining open until last Sunday, Mr. Gallo has remained elusive, even to the curators.
TUESDAY, JUNE 5
Discussion: Whitney Biennial Curators in Conversation with Michelle Kuo at Artists Space Books & Talks
The Whitney Biennial is just about over—the final festivities occur on Sunday, June 10, the same day that the last of its galleries close for de-installation. The biennial’s co-curators, Jay Sanders and Elisabeth Sussman, and its Read More
Whitney Biennial 2012
Next week the Whitney Museum will hold its annual Art Party, which will round down the spring fundraising season and quite possibly splatter somebody with something edible (dessert-art specialists Kreëmart and artist Kalup Linzy have joined forces for the event).
Carol Vogel announced in her Inside Art column today that choreographer Sarah Michelson has won the 2012 Bucksbaum Award, which is presented to one emerging in each Whitney Biennial. Ms. Michelson will take home a $100,000 prize and receive a one-person show at the museum.
As Asia Week rolls on, contemporary art galleries, recovered from bustle of Armory Week eek, are presenting new exhibition. There are artist talks and book launches scheduled across town, too. Below, a brief guide to the week.
TUESDAY, MARCH 20
Opening: Dustin Yellin at Half Gallery
The weather’s warming Read More
“Well, that was a scary 24 hours and a journey into FB hell,” wrote New York critic Jerry Saltz on a Facebook post this morning. “Facebook deleted the picture I posted from the Whitney Biennial for Forest Bess’s self-surgery on his genitals. I couldn’t see my own page, couldn’t get access. Pfft. Just like that.”
Q: Will GalleristNY be tweeting from the Whitney Biennial opening tonight?
A: Yes, we will.
Q: Will others be doing the same?
Q: Are your tweets likely to be higher quality than those other tweets?
A: It is largely a matter of taste.
Q: Why should we look at your tweets?
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The best contemporary art exhibitions feel like events and discoveries. The 76th Whitney Biennial has these qualities. Rather than elicit an acquisitive “I want this,” the show makes you say, “I was there.” This Biennial suggests that right now is a great moment to be alive—and it comes as some relief that someone is saying this about American art (and perhaps by extension about American life?) in the spring of 2012.