At the Whitney
This past week, David Cohen, editor of ARTCritique, guided us NYSS students on a tour of the Whitney Biennial which, of course, was held at the Whitney. By the way, the Whitney as it has been known for most of the past century will be moving to the meat packing district in the near future.
In case you didn’t know, the New York Studio School was originally the Whitney mansion and then became the Whitney Art School, and then the NYSS.
We visited all four floors at the Whitney and most of us kept asking the question, “Where is the art?” I found only two pieces of any painterly quality, and these were on the fourth floor.
My perception of the museum was that it’s a jumble of pieces, a mixture of stuff — glass, wood, and stone — all laid out in a combination of colors, shapes, and sizes. With a lack of common themes, what’s the message?
I will be interested to follow the Whitney to its new place. And it will worth a visit to this old place when it becomes a part of the MET.
Also this week was a day for MFA critiques featuring a panel of distinguished artists, including the Graham Nickson, Lois Dodd, Karen Wilkin, and Alexi Worth. I’m sure the MFA students are processing the review of their work and thinking about what’s next.
Best to all,