Whitney Museum Benefits From Changing Fortunes
The show — running April 8 through June 14 and taking up the museum’s entire home, on the Lower East Side — includes an international group of artists from Algeria, Lebanon, Turkey, Venezuela, Poland and elsewhere.
While many have never been seen in a museum context before, a handful have. Last year Loris Gréaud, for instance, became the youngest artist to show a project at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris; Cory Arcangel, a New York computer artist, was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial; and the Beijing artist Cao Fei’s work has been seen in several international biennials. Ms. Cao currently has an exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London, as well as work in Prospect.1, the survey show in New Orleans.
Although the Whitney has its biennial and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center has “Greater New York,” Lisa Phillips, the New Museum’s director, said this survey would be different. “It’s international and it’s focused on a generation,” she said. “Something like this was lacking in the city.”