Putting a Whitney Biennial on a year-end worst-of list is like shooting fish in a barrel, but the fact that the 2010 edition was actually—gasp!
—good only made this year’s show doubly disappointing. Curators Jay Sanders and Elisabeth Sussman managed to demonstrate that they knew next to nothing about the craft of mounting an exhibition, leading to such head-scratching moments as Nick Mauss’s third-floor installation, which incorporated works from the Whitney’s collection. The Biennial had some high points, but mostly it felt phoned-in—a middling muddle, timid and something of a snore. Rather than hate it, the whole thing made you just go, meh.