Whitney Biennial 2012

Whitney Biennial 2012

Vincent Gallo Was a No-Show at Whitney Biennial

Vincent Gallo (Courtesy

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. Read More

Whitney Biennial 2012

Werner Herzog Doesn’t Like Art, and Other Tales From the Whitney Biennial Opening

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Sienna Shields, Chuck Close

Visitors to the Upper East Side last night who live their lives in utter ignorance of art and the art world must have wondered: Was the Whitney Museum hosting a Rolling Stones concert? A line of eager visitors stretched down Madison Avenue, and turned the corner onto 74th Street. A closer look would have revealed protesters, Teamsters, unfurling banners–the locked-out art handlers from Sotheby’s. No, this wasn’t a Stones concert at all. It was the Whitney Biennial! New Yorkers are into this sort of thing; it was the night’s hot ticket.

The line really wasn’t so bad. Those who had to stand outside were given chocolate-chip cookies. The artist Nicola Tyson received one, as well as a horn blast in the face by one of the Teamsters. Read More

Whitney Biennial 2012

For Three Months, Whitney Museum Is Artist Dawn Kasper’s Home Away From Home


Crammed into a corner on the third floor of the 2012 Whitney Biennial is an interesting road block. For her contribution to the show, the artist Dawn Kasper has moved into the museum, and her stuff is everywhere. It overflows into the walkway, where people inevitably stopped to gawk at a press preview on Monday. There were two stacks of books resting on the floor (Didion’s Play It As It Lays is on top of one; Deconstruction & Criticism atop the other), record players, amplifiers, radios, a projector flashing a Buster Keaton documentary onto the wall, a bed, more books resting on a large bookcase (heavy on theoretical texts) and tables with piles of works-in-progress. Photographs were hung all over the walls. Read More