Whitney Biennial 2012 - Sussman, Elisabeth; Sanders, Jay - Yale University Press
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Whitney Biennial 2012

  • Edited by Elisabeth Sussman and Jay Sanders; With contributions by Thomas Beard, Andrea Fraser, Ed Halter, David Joselit, and John Kelsey
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Since its introduction in 1932, the Whitney Biennial—the Museum's signature exhibition and a highly anticipated event in the art world—has charted new developments in contemporary art. Inaugurated by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932, these biennial exhibitions have demonstrated the museum's commitment to supporting the development of 20th- and 21st-century American art.

The 2012 Biennial features works by approximately 50 artists working in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, dance, and performance. Elisabeth Sussman (co-organizer of the influential, politically provocative 1993 Whitney Biennial) and Jay Sanders provide an insightful joint essay, and a group of art historians and critics contribute entries on common themes and ideas from the represented artists' techniques and influences. In addition, a significant portion of the catalogue is devoted to original contributions from each of the participating artists, in a unique effort to provide a more experiential understanding of the exhibition.

Participating artists:

Kai Althoff

Thom Andersen

Charles Atlas

Lutz Bacher

Forrest Bess (by Robert Gober)

Michael Clark

Dennis Cooper and Gisèle Vienne

Cameron Crawford

Moyra Davey

Liz Deschenes

Nathaniel Dorsky

Nicole Eisenman

Kevin Jerome


Vincent Fecteau

Andrea Fraser

LaToya Ruby


Vincent Gallo

K8 Hardy

Richard Hawkins

Werner Herzog

Jerome Hiler

Matt Hoyt

Dawn Kasper

Mike Kelley

John Kelsey

John Knight

Jutta Koether

George Kuchar

Laida Lertxundi

Kate Levant

Sam Lewitt

Joanna Malinowska

Andrew Masullo

Nick Mauss

Richard Maxwell

Sarah Michelson

Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran

Laura Poitras

Matt Porterfield

Luther Price

Lucy Raven

The Red Krayola

Kelly Reichardt

Elaine Reichek

Michael Robinson

Georgia Sagri

Michael E. Smith

Tom Thayer

Wu Tsang

Oscar Tuazon

Frederick Wiseman

For more information on the 2012 Whitney Biennial, please visit: http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/2012Biennial

Elisabeth Sussman is curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Jay Sanders is an independent curator and critic.


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