Whitney Biennial 2012

Whitney Biennial 2012

As OWS Group Calls for End to Whitney Biennial, Fake Exhibition Website Appears

The biennial arrives on March 1. (Courtesy Whitney)

With the opening of the 2012 Whitney Biennial just days away, the exhibition–which just about no one has yet seen–has become a target for protest and parody. Occupy Wall Street’s Arts & Labor group has called for the end of the show in 2014, which it argues:

“…perpetuates the myth that art functions like other professional careers and that selection and participation in the exhibition, for which artists themselves are not compensated, will secure a sustainable vocation. This fallacy encourages many young artists to incur debt from which they will never be free and supports a culture industry and financial and cultural institutions that profit from their labors and financial servitude.” Read More

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

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You Will Need Tickets to See Some 2012 Whitney Biennial Performances: Acquire Them Now


The opening of the Whitney Biennial is less than three weeks away, but if you’re planning to see it in its entirely, the time to act is now. The Whitney just announced that some of the performance events taking place on the fourth floor of the museum–namely dance pieces by Sarah Michaelson and Michael Clark–will require special tickets, given the limited amount of space available. They are available online now. Read More

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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

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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

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2012 Whitney Biennial List Heavy on Male Artists


There’s always some discussion around the time the list of artists in the Whitney Biennial is released about how the number of female participants stacks up against the men. In 2010, Jerry Saltz wrote a piece for New York‘s Vulture blog about how an “art-world wall” had fallen: the list, for the first time, was made up of a majority of women (it was a slim victory of 52 percent, and Gary Carrion-Murayari, the associate curator of the 2010 installment, said, “It wasn’t conscious at all”). Read More

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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