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Whitney Biennal 2008

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Kenichi Hoshine: Untitled:2007: oil on wood, 24 X 36Kenichi Hoshine: Untitled:2007: oil on wood, 24 X 36

Apologies for the lapse in posting kids. I took Sunday off just to see what life on the surface was like. Well guess what? New York right now is living on a sustained art-beat. Its a town full of great gallery and museum shows with Pulse and The Armory fairs looming this weekend. I've been processing the Biennal in bits and pieces and I've come to like about a quarter of the work there with its cold, dry sense of analysis and self-control. From filtering the big reviews at The Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker and The Voice you've probably gathered that "exuberance" is not a big tone this year in the proceedings. . From "The End Of Empire" to "Recession proof and emotionally numb ", this Biennal is sure drawing its fair share of tut-tutting. But I'm a contrarian ...Speaking of recession... in the gallery scene there seems to be a strange sense of glee at the thought of a market collapse. Will this weekend's Armory and Pulse contemporary show leave all the participants rosy and upbeat regarding the future? Probably not but you you do have to love the inherent democracy of the Saatchi-online gallery offerings at Pulse. The above Kenichi Hochine is available at 5K. The beat goes on!


Detail from MK Guth's "Ties of Protection and Safekeeping" via  whitney.orgDetail from MK Guth's "Ties of Protection and Safekeeping" via

Well I know how I'll be spending my Sunday. I'll be crashing thru the latest Whitney Biennal. All my art fiend friends have already cruised by and with the predictable mixed reactions pouring out I can't wait to see for myself. Word is curators Henriette Huldisch and Shamim M. Momin have put together a tough and "unaccommodating" show. If any of you imagists out there do see the Biennal please let me know what you think. I'll be posting my thoughts in the comments section on Sunday. The Whitney website also has a briliant blog that allows you to see the process of the show as a work in progress. Fascinating!


Work by Whitney Biennal 2008 artist  Joe Bradley/Canada GalleryWork by Whitney Biennal 2008 artist Joe Bradley/Canada Gallery

Just got a text that the list of artists for the 2008 Whitney Biennal is out. TI's art correspondent, Mr Briscoe gave us the heads up on Joe Bradley from the Canada Gallery, who is one of the artists on the coveted short-list. Boy is his stuff our particular cup of tea. Can't wait to meet the pieces in person.

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The curatorial team is spearheaded by Whitney curators Henriette Huldisch and Shamim M. Momin, overseen by Donna De Salvo. Special advisory input comes from Thelma Golden of the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Wexner Center’s Bill Horrigan and former Fogg Art Museum curator Linda Norden.
The artists:

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