A couple of years ago we went to the Whitney Biennial—the New York museum's show of artists who are defining the current cultural zeitgeist, spanning all mediums, genres and fields—and saw a large pile of sand with a metal marker swinging from the ceiling, either grazing the sand to make the same circle in perfect repetition, or maybe running randomly over the grains, trailing random tracks. We can't remember. That's basically the Whitney Biennial boiled down—impressive works in an overwhelming context where you might not catch all the details. But that's why you see it twice. Congratulations to Tauba Auerbach and the rest of the people whose names we're going to google all day. And, oh yeah, if you want to see this year's curators Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari read the list of artists from various locations in the museum, well, with the above video, you're in luck. That brown-haired guy looks really young to have such an important roll. Congratulations/you're an asshole because we're jealous of success.
2010 Whitney Biennial Artists Announced
December 11, 2009