Contemporary art fans are in for a treat, with one of the world’s most respected exhibitions of cutting-edge talent on now in the Big Apple. It has been three years since the last legendary Whitney Biennial, which means the 78th edition is the first to take over the Whitney’s bigger and better riverside MePa home downtown, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano between the High Line and the Hudson River. Not only is it the longest running survey of US art, but this year’s showcase is also the largest.
As always, the Biennial is an eclectic showcase of some 60-odd artists, giving a fantastic overview of current North American art. Individuals and collectives appear in this provocative exhibition, which embraces painting, sculpture, drawing, installations, photography, film and video, activism, performance, music and video-game design, with works responding to the turbulent racial, political and economic fault lines of the times.
Curated by the Whitney’s Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks (formerly of MoMA PS1), the show includes both artists born in the US and those born overseas but now resident in America – including talents from Kuwait, Iran, Mexico, South Korea and Vietnam. Look out for Puppies Puppies’ ‘Triggers’ series commenting on gun control, and Larry Bell’s ‘Pacific Red II’ red glass cubes on the fifth-floor terrace. Free daily tours and a film programme help you get to grips with the art.
Until 11 Jun, 2017.
Whitney Museum of American Art / 99 Gansevoort St / Meatpacking District / + 1 212 570 3600 / 10.30am-6pm Sun-Mon & Wed-Thu, till 10pm Fri-Sat / whitney.org