Whitney Biennial: 2010 Announced

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Photograph © Jeff Goldberg/Esto

This month, the curators from the 2010 Whitney Biennial made public their list of artists for next year’s exhibition. Similar to previous years, this biennial will feature a healthy selection of emerging artists that together represent much of what is taking place in contemporary visual art today. However, unlike other years the 2010 biennial has been scaled back to only 55 artists, as opposed to 81 in 2008 and 100 in 2006. Both 2010 curators, Italian-born Francesco Bonami, 54, and Gary Carrion-Murayari, 29 have both been affiliated with previous exhibitions at the museum. They have decided to depart from the traditions of other biennials by containing the work to the Marcel Breuer building on  the southeast corner of Madison Avenue and 75th Street, and by refraining from grouping the work according to a unified theme or concept in favor of simply featuring a cross section of artworks being made today. In a recent article in the New York Times, Mr. Bonami said he didn’t want a theme: “The theme is the year — 2010 — which is the title.”

While the list contains several well known artists such as Chicago-born artist Charles Ray, it mainly consists of emerging artists such as Tauba Auerbach and Hannah Greely, and even lesser known artists such as Aurel Schmidt and Aki Sasamoto.

The Whitney Biennial:2010 will be on view Feb. 25 through May 30, 2010.