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Whitney Biennial

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Acquisitions

Whitney Museum acquires 88 works by biennial artists

The works, by 40 artists, are among 250 that have entered the collection since the spring

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the LMCC’s Art Center inaugural season to William Powhida’s watercolour memes

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum vice chairman Warren Kanders steps down after months of protests

His company Safariland has been criticised for manufacturing tear gas canisters that have been used on asylum seekers along the US-Mexico border

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Whitney Biennial

Four artists withdraw their work from the Whitney Biennial

The move follows on-going calls for the resignation of the museum board's vice chairman

Comment
Whitney Biennial

Whiteness must undo itself to make way for the truly radical turn in contemporary culture

The New York-based artist Xaviera Simmons responds to art critics who thought the 2019 Whitney Biennial was "not radical enough"

Podcast

Should museums sell works of art? Plus, activism at the Whitney Biennial

After the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's sale of its Rothko, we discuss the principles that guide deaccessioning in the US and speak to activists about the Whitney vice-chairman's problematic link to a weapons manufacturer

Review
Biennials & festivals

Everything is good at the Whitney Biennial but nothing makes a difference

Despite a history of protest and a very present controversy at the museum, this year’s survey of American contemporary art is missing a radical spirit

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Biennials & festivals

Whitney Biennial aims to focus on artists but—as protests mount—it cannot escape politics

The Whitney Museum has turned to two in-house curators to put together a show that celebrates diversity in American art—but as in 2017, the biennial is already mired in controversy

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Many Whitney Biennial artists sign letter calling for museum vice chairman's removal

Letter cites Warren B. Kanders's role in company that manufactured tear gas used at US border

Interview
Artist interview

Simone Leigh, now in the spotlight, contemplates the theme of invisibility

With three presentations scheduled this spring in New York, the Brooklyn-based artist talks about her commitment to representing the experience of black women

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Whitney Biennial

'I stand in solidarity with the staff and say no': Michael Rakowitz on why he turned down the Whitney Biennial

Recent controversies over the museum's board prompt artist to question participation in this year's event