The description, at best, was vague. Or, well, not “vague” — in fact, the program text for “Mortal Kombat” was littered with specific referents, from krumping to Romulus and Remus to Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” and of course, a shout-out to the infamous early-90s arcade game from which it takes its name. The vagueness, then, lies in trying to imagine how exactly these elements might all come together in a single two-person performance piece. And so, at 11:45 pm on a Thursday, hoards of asymmetrically-coiffed onlookers flooded the Whitney basement to see what might transpire in the “mismatched physical confrontation” between poet/performer Ariana Reines and actor/writer Jim Fletcher, who conceived the piece together this past year during a residency at Toronto’s Gallery TPW.
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The Whitney Museum has announced that Dorothy Lichtenstein, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Maramotti Family are the winners of the 2014 American Art Awards, which are dedicated to recognizing those who show “an outstanding commitment to American visual arts and culture.” This year’s awards will be designed by Josephine Meckseper and handed out at the museum’s America Art Award Gala on May 7.
The Whitney Biennial officially opened its doors this afternoon with a bustling press preview attended by artists, curators, and other art world illuminati. Opening remarks from director Adam D. Weinberg, Chief Curator Donna De Salvo, and the show’s three curators Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms, and Michelle Grabner, all reflected on the fact that this would be the very last Biennial to take place in the Breuer building before the Whitney decamps downtown.
Valentine’s Day is still a month off, but love appears to be in the air judging by this week’s batch of Art World Missed Connections, which include stand-out posts pertaining to almost-encounters at the Whitney Museum and the Frick Collection, an awkward exchange at the Morgan Library and Museum, and a classroom attraction between art history students at the Art Institute of New York City. We’ll begin at the Whitney, where a pair of photography lovers couldn’t quite connect, prompting one of them to write a poem. (more…)
While abstract painter Harvey Quaytman’s name may not be as well known as many of his peers, a new exhibition at the Upper East Side’s McKee Gallery and the soon-to-be-released “first-ever” book on the artist are out to change that. While Minimalism ruled the New York art world of the 1960s, Quaytman, a steadfast abstractionist, was more informed by early Modernists like Malevich and Mondrian. Though he was working in a style some considered anachronistic, Quaytman remained a respected player in the New York art community throughout the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, and his work is in the collections of the Tate, the Corcoran Gallery, MoMA, and the Whitney Museum. When Quaytman passed away in 2002 he left behind two daughters, R.H. Quaytman and Emma Quaytman, both of whom are painters. (more…)
Many of New York’s art-lovers, it seems, are resolved to find love in 2014, because since the New Year there have been a slew of romantic almost-encounters at the city’s museums. Today’s catch of Art World Missed Connections includes a pair of MoMA visitors bonding over their confusion at Isa Genzken’s retrospective, a lover of “Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE” at the Whitney, a distracted tour-goer at Asia Society, and more. (more…)
While the chaotic Kusama queues at David Zwirner have not produced any more Art World Missed Connections, the holidays have not been without their share of magical near-romances, as this week’s two items from Manhattan museums attest. We begin at the Whitney Museum, where a man perusing the bookstore became smitten with a fellow shopper, waited for her outside the museum, and then chickened out. (more…)
On Thursday the Whitney Museum announced the lineup of artists who will participate in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, which is being curated by Anthony Elms, Stuart Comer, and Michelle Grabner (pictured) and runs March 7-May 25, 2014. Next year’s Biennial, which will be the Whitney’s last in its current building before it relocates to the Meatpacking District in 2015, boasts 103 artists. Among them are quite a few collectives, including Triple Canopy, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, and Public Collectors, and an exhibition-within-the-exhibition of works by Tony Greene that is being curated by Richard Hawkins and Catherine Opie. The late writer David Foster Wallace will also be featured. (more…)
Last night’s Whitney Museum gala and studio party drew an eclectic mix of attendees to Midtown Manhattan that included the usual suspects (Larry Gagosian, Chuck Close, Jeff Koons), the Hollywood crowd (Michelle Williams, Sofia Coppola, Lake Bell) and a few randos (Salman Rushdie, Padma Lakshmi). The Whitney gave partygoers a full sensory experience as guests listened to a surprise performance by David Byrne, watched people sketch live nude models atop a pile of giant Louis Vuitton luggage, and ate truffled tater tots. The whole affair was in honor of Ed Ruscha and raised more than $2.75 million for the museum. See photos from the night after the jump.
The Jewish Museum has appointed Daniel S. Palmer as its new Leon Levy Assistant Curator, a position that will put him directly under deputy director Jens Hoffmann. Palmer will work with Hoffman on contemporary art programming and will also spearhead new “digital initiatives” at the museum. Previously Palmer served as a curatorial research assistant at the Whitney Museum and while there contributed an essay to the museum’s “Hopper Drawing” exhibition. Palmer is also presently a PhD candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center.