The 10 Must-See Artists at the Whitney Biennial

A guide to the most exciting paintings, sculptures, videos, and live performances.

March 2, 2012

Held every March in the slate-gray Madison Avenue behemoth that the Whitney Museum will soon vacate for newer, hipper downtown digs, the Whitney Biennial is one of those exhibitions that get the whole art world talking.

Launched in 1932 as an edited Who's Who in American Art, the Biennial has helped put such luminaries as Matthew Barney, Glenn Ligon, and Cindy Sherman on the map. This year's edition is smaller than Biennials past, with 51 artists hailing from all over the United States. Performance art will play a prominent role, as it did in 2008 and 2010, with curators Jay Sanders and Elisabeth Sussman reserving the museum's entire fourth floor for music, theater, and dance (among other things) on a massive stage. The exhibition runs March 1 to May 27.
Here's the scoop on 10 not-to-be-missed artists and their work.

Jutta Koether
The German–born, New York–based Koether is showing a series of red sketchy riffs on The Four Seasons—an important series of oil paintings by 17th-century French painter Nicolas Poussain—painted on canvas and hung on glass panels.

Left: (Drawings for All) The Seasons, 2011 (detail). Ten ink drawings on vellum, 9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm) each.

Collection of the artist. Jutta Koether; courtesy of the artist.

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