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2014 Whitney Biennial to go big with 3 curators, 103 participants

English.news.cn   2014-03-05 10:56:56

NEW YORK, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The 2014 edition of the Whitney Biennial, known as one of the leading art exhibitions that set or lead trends in U.S. contemporary art, will take place on March 7-May 25, organizers said Tuesday.

The 2014 Biennial takes a bold new form with three outside curators, namely Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms and Michelle Grabner, and 103 artists offering their unique perspectives on the U.S. contemporary art, said Donna De Salvo, chief curator and deputy director for programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art during a media preview.

Salvo noted, "The 2014 Biennial brings together the findings of three curators with very distinct points of view. There is little overlap in the artists they have selected and yet there is common ground."

Whitney Biennial 2014 will feature the work of different media, including painting, sculpture, photography, film, dance, and performance.

While past Biennials have been organized collectively by multiple curators, for this year's event each of curators will oversee one floor of the exhibition, where commissioned texts, curatorial essays and unique visual contents will be displayed.

Stuart Comer commented that his section "acknowledges the complexity of contemporary art practice by including many types of cultural producers -- editorial collectives, artist-curators, activists, musicians, poets, dancers, filmmakers, painters, sculptors and photographers."

"These artists often work at the intersection of political movements and personal statements, addressing global shifts in vibrant and variable ways," he said, "A keen sense of history pervades their work, even as they are involved in forging new ways to consider identity, nationality, technology, community and genre."

Anthony Elms also said the museum, located on Madison Avenue of Manhattan, New York, "should be filled with a multiplicity of voices and a sense of poetry," and "exhibit works of art from all creative disciplines and challenge the relationship between the past, the present, and histories yet to be written."

Michelle Grabner noted that her section "features artists who have come to the fore as figures of influence, both inside and outside the geographic and commercial centers of the art world."

The Whitney Biennial, initiated as an annual biennial exhibition in 1973, demonstrates contemporary American art, typically by young and lesser known artists, on display.

Editor: Shen Qing
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