While from the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets the Future Whitney looks nearly complete, activity continues at a steady pace above view and behind its steel facade. Read more on Whitney Stories.
Photograph by Timothy Schenck
The Whitney Museum in New York houses one of the world's foremost collections of modern and contemporary American art.
In celebration of Earth Day, here’s Georgia O’Keeffe’s Summer Days, which was inspired by the deserts of New Mexico. Cast your vote now for the chance to see Summer Days in the great outdoors as part of Art Everywhere US.
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986), Summer Days, 1936. Oil on canvas, 36 × 30 in. (91.4 × 76.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Calvin Klein 94.171. © 2014 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
I found myself with 15 years of Western painting and art history studies under my belt, but suddenly realized that my own autobiography was more important to me than the 400 years of Western painting history that I had learned. I urgently wanted to figure out a way to abandon that conceptual sphere and to find something concrete that mattered to me.
"When color becomes material, I’m really interested in that … When you put a bunch of string into a mess of paint, and the string takes on the color, the canvas also takes the color in unpredictable ways." —Dona Nelson talks about making String Beings (2013).
Want to hear more from artists in the 2014 Biennial? Pick up a free Whitney Guide in the Lobby, a Windows Phone app featuring interviews with artists, commentary from the curators, and a tour for kids.
A look at the fourth floor of the 2014 Biennial, curated by Michelle Grabner.
Established in 2000 by longtime Whitney trustee Melva Bucksbaum and her family, the Bucksbaum Award is given every two years in recognition of an artist, chosen from those included in the Biennial, whose work demonstrates a singular combination of talent and imagination. Paul Pfeiffer was the first artist to win the prestigious prize. The 2014 Bucksbaum Award will be presented on May 21.
Paul Pfeiffer (b. 1966), Race Riot, 2001 (installation view, Paul Pfeiffer, December 13, 2001–February 24, 2002, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY), Digital camcorder and vitrine with digital video; color, silent. Private Collection. © Paul Pfeiffer. Photography by Geoffrey Clements
The good thing about being an artist, is it’s a legitimate way of looking at things cross-eyed.
— John Chamberlain, born today in 1927.
A look at the third floor of the 2014 Biennial, curated by Stuart Comer.
Got a minute? Watch two years of construction on the Whitney’s new building in just under 60 seconds.
As part of the Biennial, Miguel Gutierrez will perform a duet with young dancer Mickey Mahar entitled Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/. The piece deals with mid-career anxiety, futurity, and tropes about the aging gay choreographer, and is the first of a three-part series of queer pieces addressing longevity, sustainability, aesthetic signature, and burnout. Get tickets.
Invited to assemble a “show within a show” for the 2014 Biennial, Julie Ault selected as points of entry works by David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) and Martin Wong (1946–1999) from the Whitney’s permanent collection, exhibiting them alongside artifacts from these artists’ personal archives, held by the Downtown Collection at New York University’s Fales Library.
Marvin J. Taylor is an archiving activist and the director of the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University. Read a conversation between Taylor and Ault, which is part of Ault’s contribution to the 2014 Biennial.
Julie Ault, Afterlife: a constellation, 2014 (installation view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York). Courtesy the artist