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New Museum Triennial preview

This year’s edition is titled “Surround Audience.” Here are some of the artists to look out for when the show opens.

By Howard Halle
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This year marks the third edition of the New Museum of Contemporary Art’s Triennial, featuring the latest crop of artists under 35—some 51 artists and art collectives from over 25 countries—on the brink of blowing up. Each Triennial has had a title and a theme, and the 2015 Triennial is no exception. “Surround Audience” has a vaguely sinister ring, as if to suggest hostage-taking at a movie theater. But audience in this case means everyone, while surround signifies the cocooned environment of social media, streamed content and all the other manifestations of 24/7 digital culture. The show’s point: That we have met our captors and they are us. Artist Ryan Trecartin, who was featured in the very first Triennial (“Younger Than Jesus”) in 2009, makes the selections along with media curator Lauren Cornell.

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Frank Benson, Juliana, 2015
Courtesy of the artist

Frank Benson, Juliana, 2015

Donna Kukama, NOT YET (AND NOBODY KNOWS WHY NOT), 2008
Justus Kyalo

Donna Kukama, NOT YET (AND NOBODY KNOWS WHY NOT), 2008

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Firenze Lai, Tennis Court, 2013
Courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space

Firenze Lai, Tennis Court, 2013

Eduardo Navarro, Horses Don’t Lie, 2013
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Eduardo Navarro, Horses Don’t Lie, 2013

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K-HOLE, YOUTH MODE: A REPORT ON FREEDOM, 2013
Courtesy the artist

K-HOLE, YOUTH MODE: A REPORT ON FREEDOM, 2013

Eva Koťátková, Untitled, from the 'Parallel Biography' series, 2011
Jan Mahr

Eva Koťátková, Untitled, from the 'Parallel Biography' series, 2011

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He-She Object from the “Museum Shop of Fetish Objects” series, 2012
Courtesy the artist and Project 88

He-She Object from the “Museum Shop of Fetish Objects” series, 2012

Geumhyung Jeong, 7 Ways, 2009
Woonshik Lee

Geumhyung Jeong, 7 Ways, 2009

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Juliana Huxtable
Courtesy the artist

Juliana Huxtable, Untitled, 2014

Verena Dengler, Sponsors, 2001-2014
Patrick Anthofer

Verena Dengler, Sponsors, 2001-2014

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Shelly Nadashi, A Good Bowl of Soup, 2013
Courtesy the artist

Shelly Nadashi, A Good Bowl of Soup, 2013

Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Wilfred Flower, 2013
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Micky Shubert

Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Wilfred Flower, 2013

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Niv Acosta, i shot denzel, 2014
Ian Douglas

Niv Acosta, i shot denzel, 2014

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"2015 Triennial: Surround Audience"

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Since its 2009 inception, the New Museum's Triennial has been seen by some as a competitor of the Whitney Biennial, though it hasn't quite received the same level of media attention. The New Mu extravaganza departs from the Whitney's signature showcase for a number of reasons: It's smaller (because its Bowery home is smaller than the Whitney's MePa bastion); it's more international (because the New Mu, unlike the Whitney, doesn't have "American Art" in its name); it limits itself to artists who are roughly 35 and younger.

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