Big news on the curatorial front! Christopher Y. Lew, MoMA PS1’s assistant curator since 2011, has been tapped by the Whitney Museum to be its new associate curator. Mr. Lew, who joined PS1 as a curatorial assistant in 2006 and was promoted to manager of curatorial affairs in 2007, will begin in his new position later this summer.
Last Sunday, people were scrunched against the walls and seated knee-to-knee on the ground inside the Whitney Museum’s first-floor lobby gallery, where the composer and musician Pauline Oliveros had, in a sense, the final word on the 2014 biennial’s 80-day run. They had gathered for Ms. Oliveros’ Deep Listening Room, which had taken over the Read More
At last night’s gala at Highline Stages, the Whitney Museum gave its 2014 American Art Award, designed this time around by artist Josephine Meckseper, to Roy Lichtenstein’s widow Dorothy Lichtenstein, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Maramotti Family, the latter known not only for the Max Mara line of clothing but for its philanthropic contributions to visual art, particularly Max Mara Art Prize for women artists. Read More
The Whitney Museum’s current location at the Breuer Building on the Upper East Side feels a little like a happy mistake, as if the gray modernist structure simply dropped from the sky one day like a brick onto Madison Avenue and decided to stick around even though it didn’t quite fit in with all the Read More
But it looks like it’s about 100, maybe 110, in Florine Stettheimer’s 1919 painting Heat, which is on view at the Brooklyn Museum.
The Whitney also notes that its 1931 Stettheimer, Sun, can have a remarkable warming effect. T. J. Wilcox has included it in the jewel box of an exhibition that Read More
It has become a common lament. New York is too expensive to support new art. Young artists, priced out, opt for Berlin or Mexico City or Los Angeles. “The resources that keep the city vibrant are being eliminated,” David Byrne wrote recently. He settled in New York in the 1970s, the decade that is the subject of this exhibition, which overflows with work by about two dozen artists who populated derelict industrial spaces in lower Manhattan then and created performances that combined dance, music, theater, visual art, vaudeville and sundry other genres.
As part of their exhibition “Hopper Drawing,” the Whitney Museum has installed a three-dimensional recreation of the artist’s most famous work, Nighthawks, at Fifth Avenue and Broadway in the Flatiron district.
“Hopper Drawing,” which includes many of Hopper’s paintings alongside more than 200 works on paper, runs through Oct. 6.
This exhibition, in the Whitney’s lobby gallery, is a thriller—two young artists have stepped up to a larger platform and are clearing new, still-shadowy pathways for art. Coming not long after the Whitney’s 2012 biennial and a Trisha Baga show in this same space, it gives the impression of a museum in touch with art’s zeitgeist.
This fall, the Whitney will present a retrospective of artist Robert Indiana, perhaps best known for his LOVE sculpture. Tellingly, the show will be called “Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE.”
The Wired design blog this morning posted an in-depth look at the new logo for the Whitney Museum, recently revealed ahead of the museum’s move to the Meatpacking District in 2015.