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Whitney Biennial 2017

Whitney Biennial 2017

The first Whitney Biennial in architect Renzo Piano’s new downtown building opens March 17. I’m excited to see how the extensive spaces will be used. These annual and biennial exhibitions have been a barometer of America’s contemporary art scene since they were first introduced by Getrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932. This year’s show, co-curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks, will focus on the self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society. The work of 63 participants will include established artists, such as the paintings of Henry Taylor and Jo Baer, as well as emerging names like performance and installation-artist, Rafa Esparza. A must see for fans of contemporary art.

Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, March 17 through June 11

Top image: Jo Baer, Dusk (Bands and End-Points), 2012. Oil on canvas, 86 ⅝ x 118 ⅛ in. (220 x 300 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin. Photograph by Gert Jan van Rooij

Rafa Esparza, building: a simulacrum of power, 2014. Performance on the site of Michael Parker’s The Unfinished (2014), The Bowtie Project, Los Angeles, August 24, 2014. Courtesy of Clockshop. Photograph by Dylan Schwartz

 

Aliza Nisenbaum, La Talaverita, Sunday Morning NY Times, 2016. Oil on linen, 68 x 88 in. (172.7 x 223.5 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy T293 Gallery, Rome and Mary Mary, Glasgow

 

Occupy Museums, Stress, Fear and Anxiety Bundle, 2015. Artworks by artists whose collective debt totals $732,462.24 and who use the words “stress,” “fear,” or “anxiety” when discussing how their economic realities make them feel (left to right: Amy Beth Wright, Katherine Culbertson, Marc Newsome, anonymous, Lucas Berd, Claire Webb, Ben Tecumseh De Soto, Greg Scott, Bereniz Martinez, and Lara Anne). Installation view: Debtfair, Art League Houston, Houston, TX, November 20, 2015-January 10, 2016. Courtesy the artists

 

Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Fall with Me for a Million Days (My Sweet Waterfall), 2016. Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm). Private collection; courtesy the artist and Mier Gallery, Los Angeles

 

Installation view of Unilateral Educational Disarmament, JOAN, Los Angeles, CA, February 13–March 27, 2016. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

 

Carrie Moyer, Glimmer Glass, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 78 in. (243.8 x 198.1 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York

 

Carrie Moyer, Swiss Bramble, 2016. Acrylic and glitter on canvas, 84 x 78 in. (213.4 x 198.1cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York

 

 Jessi Reaves, Crust Bucket Comes to Town (Slipper Chair), 2016. Steel frame, pine, studio dust, wood glue, polyurethane foam, cotton, silk, plywood, nylon, cording, and hardware, 36 x 38 x 38 in. (91.4 x 96.5 x 96.5 cm). Courtesy the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York

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