2014 Whitney Biennial artists announced

The 2014 Whitney Biennial artists were just announced. David Foster Wallace, a group of Chicagoans made the cut.

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A strong Chicago presence at the 2014 Whitney Biennial A year ago, Michelle Grabner was announced as one of the curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, along with Anthony Elms and Stuart Comer. Last month, we found out that Chicagoans will figure promin...

A strong Chicago presence at the 2014 Whitney Biennial A year ago, Michelle Grabner was announced as one of the curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, along with Anthony Elms and Stuart Comer. Last month, we found out that Chicagoans will figure promin... Photograph: Filip Wolak

The 103 artists selected for the 2014 Whitney Biennial were announced yesterday. The late David Foster Wallace is among them (he was a word artist, back off), as are some Chicagoans—particularly emerging artists deemed on the brink of Having a Moment, and mid-to-late career artists considered underrated. (Forbes advises you better invest in both now.)


Opening March 7 and continuing through May 25, the 77th Biennial has special significance: It's the last to happen at the Whitney's Upper East Side location before the museum moves into spacious new Renzo Piano–designed digs downtown, and the first to feature three individuals from outside the Whitney curating different floors: Stuart Comer of MoMA; Anthony Elms of Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art (formerly an assistant curator at UIC's Gallery 400); and Michelle Grabner, chair of SAIC's Painting and Drawing Department and an artist herself.


We spoke with Grabner last year, after she was selected to co-curate the Biennial, about her approach. "I would like to break down this 'IN or OUT, WINNER or LOSER' mentality that clings to this exhibition," she told us. Grabner speaks from first-hand experience, having never had her own work selected for the Biennial. By being the first artist tapped to curate, however, she values the opportunity to offer a "studio perspective…an understanding [of] what it means to make something." She also represents a uniquely Midwestern sensibility—see one of her recently curated shows, "A Study in Midwestern Appropriation," currently on view at the Hyde Park Art Center.


Over the years, we've reviewed or mentioned many of the Chicago artists who made the list—some favorably, some not so much. They include: Dawoud BeyElijah BurgherJoseph GrigelyPhilip HansonDoug IscharCarol Jackson, Tony Lewis, taisha paggettPublic Collectors, Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott, Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan, Tony Tasset, Pedro Vélez and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung. Check out the whole list.



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