Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The Whitney Biennial Is On And Everyone Likes It, Oh Wait

YER BIENNIALPeople seem to… like? The Whitney Biennial?? Jerry Saltz is down. Everyone seems generally appreciative. And-oh wait! New Boston Globe art critic SEBASTIAN SMEE IS NOT HAVING IT: "Not only is it incoherent, it is overburdened with art about art, sloppy gestures of pseudo-revolt, dreary and repetitive video art, and arcane conceptualism." He goes on.

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Peteykins (#1,916)

I'll take Arcane Conceptualism for $200, Alex.

Oops, I mean Choire.

"Smee, Smee. What About Smee? Smee! Smee! Smee. Smee. What about Smee? Smee's me. What about me?"

Maevemealone (#968)

I ADORE the Smee article, I've been cackling over it all morning. It's the highlight of my life to find everything wrong with the Biennial. Can. Not. Wait!

My favorite line is a real sleeper: "Why is this Whitney Biennial, which is also smaller than usual, looking so limp?"

Yes, why is it so puny and so flaccid? Maybe this explains why the whole experience is so devoid of stimulation, and, ultimately, so unsatisfying.

I'm sure someone else can explain this, perhaps through a pithy metaphor.

Maevemealone (#968)

"Bring extra batteries if you want to have a good time"

johnpseudonym (#1,452)

I have no problems with anything pseudo.

lempha (#581)

Is there an annex at the Park Avenue Armory again? That thing was a shitshow last time, in the best of ways.

Multiphasic (#411)

Nope. I'm afraid you're just going to have to start the fistfights in front of the Michael Korrs store this year.

zidaane (#373)

repetitive and video art in the same sentence is redundant.

Matt Langer (#2,467)

The only reason I clicked on this link was because I was expecting talk of a Whitney Houston biennial.

What a let down.

NicFit (#616)

This reminds me of that classic moment in the 60s, when a reporter asked Warhol, "don't you think Pop Art is getting a bit repetitive?" He smiled and chuckled and replied, "Yes."

chrissth (#250)

That photograph is of a piece by Jesse Aron Green, I think. Good guy. Talented artist. And also other things.

HiredGoons (#603)

I have a friend in this, I don't have time to read the article right now but I'll be curious if he's mentioned, and if so, in what light.

chrissth (#250)

Florescent, I'm sure.

mimithedog (#1,165)

No more free beer and chicken for Smee…

"Hey everybody, Look at me! Look at me!" Pow! He was decapitated! They found his head over by the snow cone concession.

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