Whitney Biennial 2012

2012 Whitney Biennial Dedicated to Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley.

In this week’s New York magazine, Carl Swanson writes about Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley, who died on Jan. 31, at the age of 57, and reveals that the 2012 Whitney Biennial, which opens March 1 and includes Kelley’s work, has been dedicated to him.

Mr. Swanson reports that three videos produced by Kelley and the English public-art group Artangel will be on view in the exhibition. They document the travels of the artist’s Mobile Homestead, a replica of his childhood home, on the back of a flatbed truck through Detroit in 2010, a project realized with with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Read More

Whitney Biennial 2012

Artforum: 2012 Whitney Biennial Will Be 'Living, Evolving'

The Whitney.

Artforum’s January issue just landed on our desks, and we are happy to report that it features the magazine’s annual preview of shows coming up this winter, and includes Douglas Crimp on Cindy Sherman’s upcoming Museum of Modern Art retrospective and Branden W. Joseph on what sounds like an insanely great show about the 1970s avant-garde in Buffalo, N.Y., scheduled for that city’s Albright-Knox Gallery. Read More

A Long Read

Profiling Klaus Kertess and the 1995 Whitney Biennial

Mr. Kertess, the kingmaker of 1995. (Patrick McMullan Company)

As Gallerist patiently awaits the arrival of the 2012 Whitney Biennial on March 1, we have been digging through newspaper archives and rereading some of our favorite articles and reviews inspired by biennials past. There is a lot to read!

Michael Kimmelman’s often-quoted review of the 1993 edition is clearly of interest, because that year’s organizer, Whitney photography curator Elisabeth Sussman is at the helm again next year, this time with former dealer Jay Sanders, and because it is absolutely vicious. “I hate the show,” Mr. Kimmelman wrote. Read More

Whitney Biennial 2012

The 2012 Whitney Biennial Artists: A Dealer Scorecard

A work by Merlin Carpenter.

Looking over the list of artists participating in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, it appears to be–as Postmasters owner Magda Sawon quipped on Twitter moments ago–“mercifully short on big art market stars,” with Mike Kelley, who shows with Gagosian, perhaps the lone exception.

Rather, many of the artists show with downtown galleries that focus on emerging artists, or they are among the more low-key artists on their dealer’s roster (e.g. Kai Althoff at Gladstone, Vincent Facteau at Matthew Marks, etc.). Read More

Whitney Biennial 2012

The 2012 Whitney Biennial Artist List: We Have It


A leaked list of artists participating in the 2012 Whitney Biennial has been making the e-mail rounds this morning, and landed in Gallerist‘s inbox. We’re working to confirm the complete list but early research indicates that these are, in fact, the goods. The show opens on March 1 and will be curated by Elisabeth Sussman and Jay Sanders.

(Update, 5:07 p.m.: the Whitney has released an official list that matches the one we published this morning, below.)

1. Kai Althoff
2. Thom Andersen
3. Charles Atlas
4. Lutz Bacher Read More


Report: Joanna Malinowska to the Whitney Biennial

From the artist's 2010 show "Time of Guerilla Metaphysics" (Photo courtesy of Canada gallery)

We’re headed into Whitney Biennial speculation season (it opens in March) and The Art Newspaper reports today that the Polish-born New York artist Joanna Malinowska will be among the artists showing there. The museum has not yet revealed any of the artists involved in the biennial, so file this under scuttlebutt for the time being. Read More