Saturday, February 27, 2010

About the Whitney Biennial 2010 NY Times review:

At a Biennial on a Budget, Tweaking and Provoking

"In what felt like a pre-emptive effort at damage control, the Whitney Museum of American Art did everything to under-pitch its 2010 Biennial," writes Holland Cotter. "With 55 artists, we were advised, it would be half the size of the 2006 show. No frills. Tight belts. We're doing our best. Don't shoot. The show lives up — or down — to its billing." ...........
by Holland Cotter

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Family Art Workshops this Saturday, February 27, 10:30am–12pm @ the Drawing Center

The Drawing Center invites kids ages 5–8 and their families to join us for a Family Art Workshop this Saturday from 10:30am–12pm. Organized in conjunction with the exhibition, Selections Spring 2010: Sea Marks, the workshop combines group discussion with hands-on experimental drawing activities. Families will engage in a fun exploration of the relationship between drawing and the various sensations and experiences associated with water.

This workshop is free and open to the public - no experience necessary!

RSVP Recommended: 212.219.2166 x205 or
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Family Art Workshops are supported by a grant from the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation.

T 212 219 2166 | F 212 966 2976 | DRAWINGCENTER.ORG

Whitney Biennal : Ari Marcopoulos


Ari Marcopoulos
Born: 1957 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Resides in: Sonoma, CA
Known for: Rough, sometimes grainy black-and-white photos, with the occasional handsome color portrait as well. The ur downtown hipster photographer and a chronicler of the early hip-hop scene, Marcopoulos assisted Warhol in the 1980s and has appeared in most prominent fashion magazines. Last year he received a mid-career survey, "Within Arm's Reach," at the Berkeley Art Museum (curated by Stephanie Cannizzo).
Education: Unknown
Represented by: AFG Management


Monday, February 22, 2010

Whitney Biennal 2010: Jessica Jackson Hutchins,

Franck would not let me do it and Jessica did it before ...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Art Fair Coming THE ART SHOW organized by the ADAA ( Art Dealers Association of America)

The 22nd Annual Art Show
During the first week of March 2010, the international art world will converge in New York City during the 22nd annual Art Show, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) to benefit Henry Street Settlement. The 2010 edition of The Art Show continues ADAA's tradition of bringing the highest quality artworks to one monumental art exhibition space at the Park Avenue Armory. The 70 selected exhibitions, presented by the nation's leading art galleries, will feature museum-quality works ranging from 19th and 20th century Old Master works to recently completed contemporary painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and multi-media. The Art Show and its Gala Preview, on March 2, 2010, will benefit Henry Street Settlement and continue an art world institution.

View full press release

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Special Wink for Docents

"People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love."
~ Claude Monet

Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Collecting Biennials" reviewed in the NY TIMES


The Whitney Biennial is an affair of short-term memory and long-term amnesia. How many artists can you name who were in it, say, in 2006? With this year’s model slated to open in February, however, the museum will offer a refresher course in the form of “Collecting Biennials,” an exhibition of works by artists who have participated in the Whitney Museum’s periodic surveys of the art of the moment over the last eight decades.

Judging by the preliminary list, the museum’s curators have done a pretty good job of picking winners. From Edward Hopper to Ed Ruscha, it is an all-star roster. It also has the potential to serve as a fascinating lesson in the evolution of 20th-century art and the vagaries of taste and fashion.

A quick read of the list suggests this narrative: Early on there was the Magic Realism of Peter Blume. Then came the Abstract Expressionism of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, followed by the proto-Pop Art of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns and the Pop Art proper of Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Vija Celmins and Sylvia Plimack Mangold were among those who reintroduced realism as Minimalism fell from favor and the art world went pluralistic.

Inspired by new ideas about art and the mass media, Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine and Richard Prince led the so-called Pictures Generation, while Julian Schnabel and Sue Williams reanimated expressionist painting. Cady Noland, Robert Gober and Charles Ray reinvigorated sculpture in different ways, and Matthew Barney produced some of the most ambitious art films ever.

Who will be remembered from 2010? Maybe it will be George Condo, the humorous painter of Modernist clich├ęs and the only artist who will appear in both exhibitions. KEN JOHNSON

“Collecting Biennials” will be on view from Jan. 16 to Nov. 28 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue, at 75th Street; (212) 570-3600,

Thursday, February 4, 2010

About the Whitney Biennal published in Dossier Journal
Seated in front of the gargantuan Julian Schnabel painting Hope from 1982 Francesco Bonami, co-curator of the 75th Whitney Biennial, says, “We wanted to mark a moment in time. We didn’t look for a theme. But we wanted less macho, less bombastic art. Less imperial art.” Then, pointing to the canvas behind him, says, “Not this.”

After the laughter dies down he continues, “It says it is from an anonymous donor–I don’t know if he is ashamed he bought it or what, but it does mark a moment in time. When I came to New York it was ‘82 and this was it and we thought it was forever. Themes change, there are fluctuations.”

Perhaps that is why the curators have chosen to display, as an adjunct to the main show of new work by 55 contemporary artists, pieces from the Whitney’s permanent collection that were featured in Biennials past. This Collecting Biennials works as a sort of reminder of the fickle trends in art–a considered backdrop for the new show simply titled 2010.

Included in Collecting are works from every one of the hot shots you can name, from Ruscha to Hopper to Rothko to Rauschenberg to… you get it… and even that hideous Schnabel thing. But there are pieces by artists whose names are not household handles anymore and Bonami is quick to reassure the artists in 2010 that their entry into the show is by no means a coronation. “It is just about what is right now, not what will be. You can see the artists who showed in other Biennials and we don’t even know their names now.”

Much of the new work–as does much of contemporary art–treads lines between genres: sculpture mingled with performance; video woven into dance; performance playing with drawing. The decision by Bonami and his curating partner Gary Carrion-Murayari to go with a less imperial art is perhaps the reason there are, for the first time ever, more female artists in the show. And while all the artists in the Biennial may not live in America–or even be American–the curators insist they all “digest American culture to tell an American story.”

So maybe we can call this show the best less-imperial, American-ish art. For now.

The 75th Whitney Biennial runs from February 25th to March 3oth.

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