Artists on the Whitney Biennial
By Sara Schnadt
Artbound / KCET
May 8, 2014
“The Whitney Biennial, a bi-annual survey exhibition of up-and-coming artists from across the U.S., based at the Whitney Museum in New York, is one of the most visible and respected art exhibitions in the States. From its beginnings in 1932 as a painting and sculpture exhibition, to its incorporation of a wide range of media by the 1970′s, to its periodic venue additions (including public spaces, Central Park, and, in 2008 the Park Avenue Armory to show large-scale performance and installation), the Biennial has had a goal of encapsulating the current moment in contemporary art. Many artists who have been invited to participate have gone on to fame, some to commercial success, and many have become part of a substantive ongoing dialogue around the meaning and implications of contemporary art.
Yet, the biennial has struggled to retain its identity. No one show can now encapsulate the contemporary moment, it seems. After all, the centers of the art world have become more international, and geographically distributed while artists have become more mobile, and self-directed in defining their models for production. The forms and contexts of conversations within contemporary art have become increasingly hybrid and diverse over the past few years as well.”
Biennial artist Matthew Deleget (left) with artist David Diao, in front of his installation Zero-Sum, 2014, at the opening of the 2014 Whitney Biennial
Photo: Rossana Martinez