A New, Big Space But Just a Few Choice Works: Whitney Biennial 2017

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Curators of the 2017 Whitney Biennial Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks. Scott Rudd Curators of the 2017 Whitney Biennial Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks. Scott Rudd Curators of the 2017 Whitney Biennial Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks. Scott Rudd Every other year, and now three years after its last iteration, the Whitney Biennial forces curators and critics to come up with generalizations about an exhibition that is itself an amalgam of things. My favorite was a fatuous headline from WNYC, something like ”Finally, a Biennial that you can’t bash.” It’s faint praise indeed, but it’s also a proprietary warning (from a public broadcaster?) that strong criticism shouldn’t be made of work that often has an inflated sense of its own importance. I’ll leave those fights for others, but I’ll simply say that this edition of the Biennial was underwhelming, given what’s out there in contemporary art. […]