Whitney Biennial 2010

April 4th, 2010

Whitney Biennial: Ari Marcopoulos

Artist: Ari Marcopoulos

Location: 2nd Floor, Whitney Biennial 2010

Detroit, 2009, by Ari Marcopoulos is a large video projection in a black room on the second floor. About seven and a half minutes long, the work documents adolescent participants in Detroit, Michigan’s “noise rock” scene improvising music on the floor of a bedroom. The approach to the subjects is straightforward and plain, allowing a focus on content rare in the rest of the Biennial.

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April 1st, 2010

Whitney Biennial: Richard Aldrich

Artist: Richard Aldrich

Location: 4th Floor, Whitney Biennial 2010

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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.

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March 30th, 2010

Whitney Biennial: R. H. Quaytman

Artist: R. H. Quaytman

Location: 4th Floor, Whitney Biennial 2010

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A careful selection of paintings by R. H. Quaytman fill a small room on the fourth floor that is dominated by a bright, trapezoid-shaped window. The outline of that window is a recurring figure in some of the paintings, part of a layering of references that acknowledge the exhibition venue, the artistic and historical context of the artist’s work, and the optical condition of all visual art but especially of painting.

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