BACKYARD BIENNIAL

BACKYARD BIENNIAL

Our neighbors at The Whitney have put on quite a show. Here are 5 must-see works from floor number 5.

Unless you’ve had your head in the sand (or in a box of video art), you’ve probably heard a bit about the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Co-curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks, this is the museum’s most sprawling biennial, and the first to take place at 99 Gansevoort Street: the Whitney’s downtown home since 2015.
Now with just two weekends left (the Biennial closes on June 11th), we’re spending as much time as we can with our neighbor to the north.

HERE ARE FIVE FAVORITES TO SEE BEFORE THEY DISAPPEAR…

Harold Mendez, At night we walk in circles, 2016

#5 Harold Mendez, At night we walk in circles, 2016.

We could imagine our Maisnerian orb-weaverat the center of this aluminum mounted lithographic work.


Larry Bell, Pacific Red II, 2017.

#4 Larry Bell, Pacific Red II, 2017.

Day or night, Bell’s giant laminated glass cubes are a dynamic addition to the urban roofline and sky-scape.


Raul De Nieves, Various Works, 2016

#3 Raul De Nieves, Various Works, 2016.

The detailing, material consumption, and scale (both large and small) of Raul De Nieves’ work is something to behold. His enormous stained glass window is the product of little more than tape and acetate film.


Postcommodity (founded 2007), a recording from A Very Long Line, 2016.

#2 Postcommodity (founded 2007), a recording from A Very Long Line, 2016.

This powerful surrounding video installation is a poetic distortion of the senses.


Samara Golden, The Meat Grinder’s Iron Clothes, 2017.
#1 Samara Golden, The Meat Grinder’s Iron Clothes, 2017.

If we had to choose a favorite work, Samara Golden’s might be it. The artist presents an illusionary experience you won’t soon forget.


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