Artist: Richard Aldrich
Location: 4th Floor, Whitney Biennial 2010
Three works by Richard Aldrich constitute the most unexpected element in this year’s biennial. Aldrich, capable of producing elegant, seductive and largely abstract paintings, instead opts to throw a wrench in the common understanding of his practice. The artist’s contradictory impulses (vulnerability and apathy, traditionalism and contrarianism, for example), usually couched in the language of painting, are foregrounded. The result is either exciting or frustrating, especially for his admirers.