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Whitney Museum of American Art

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York, London and online this weekend

From photographs of a pandemic-and-protest changed New York at the Museum of the City of New York to reflections on domesticity at Soft Opening's new London space

Analysis
Black Lives Matter

Reform or reset? How cultural institutions are facing a reckoning over racism

US and UK museums have been accused of tokenism, hypocrisy and fake solidarity for rushing to declare support for Black Lives Matter. Where do they go from here?

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Three to see

Three online exhibitions honouring Pride Month

From the history of discriminatory blood donation policies at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art to the history of the rainbow flag

News
Protests

Former Whitney vice chairman divests businesses marketing aggressive crowd-control technology

Corporation owned by Warren B. Kanders, whose links to tear gas led to his museum ouster, is selling off divisions associated with aggressive tactics

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Protest

Art world workers join protests against injustice in New York—and aim to change racist systems in the culture sphere

Activists working at museums and galleries are bringing the fight for equality from the streets back into institutions

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Three to see

Three shows to see online this weekend

From a collaborative series between the New Museum and Rhizome to Modern Art Oxford's virtual tours

Review
Three to see

Three museum collections to explore from home this weekend

From the Centre Pompidou's #PompidouVIP to the Whitney's focus on recent acquisitions by living artists

Blog
Book Club

What is the curator Chrissie Iles reading during lockdown?

The Whitney Museum of American Art curator delights in learning about the global culture of the Middle Ages and finds lessons for the future in a Cauleen Smith monograph

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coronavirus

Whitney and New Museum lay off staff members as coronavirus economic fallout continues

Employee cuts come three weeks after institutions shut down

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coronavirus

Arts organisations produce face masks and other medical equipment to help slow the spread of coronavirus

As museums donate protective supplies to medical centres during coronavirus crisis, grassroots efforts to make masks struggle to meet medical standards

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Cauleen Smith’s feminist films at the Whitney to Rodney McMillian’s conceptual landscapes at Petzel Gallery

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Exhibitions

Beyond the wall: a golden period of exchange between Mexican and US artists is revisited in new show

Whitney Museum exhibition will explore the enduring influence of artists such as David Alfaro Siqueiros on US counterparts including Jackson Pollock and Philip Guston

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Pope.L’s overdue retrospective at MoMA to meditations on the climate by Andrea Bowers at Andrew Kreps

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Peter Halley’s day-glo funhouse to Rachel Harrison’s retrospective at the Whitney

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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 Wayne Thiebaud’s little-known paintings of the Southwest to Shirin Neshat’s exhibition of Iranian women artists

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Betye Saar’s mysticism at MoMA to the first retrospective dedicated to conceptual photographer Duane Michals at the Morgan Library and Museum

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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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David Hammons

Whitney Museum breaks ground on public installation by David Hammons

The museum celebrated the project, due to be completed in 2020, with a NYPD fireboat performance and specially commissioned jazz composition

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Museums & Heritage

Philanthropy, but at what price? US museums wake up to public's ethical concerns

Daniel Weiss, Adam Weinberg and other museum leaders speak out following the fallout from the resignation of the Whitney’s vice chairman and the ongoing Sackler affair

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Public art

David Hammons’s public sculpture on the Hudson River will now be beachfront property

Gansevoort Peninsula, the site of Day’s End, will also include a 5.65-acre park, wetlands and kayak launch

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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

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Museums & Heritage

Donna De Salvo steps down as Whitney senior curator

After organising popular shows like a Warhol retrospective, she resigns to “pursue other interests’’

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

News

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

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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

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Acquisitions

Whitney acquires Abstract Expressionist painting by Norman Lewis

The museum will show the underrecognised African American artist's work alongside pieces by his contemporaries

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

Two venues of Andy Warhol, and young painter Theodora Allen's ancient symbolism

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Exhibitions

Essential viewing: Warhol from A to B and Back Again at New York’s Whitney Museum

The sprawling show is a needed revisit for those who remember Warhol as a living, brilliant savant, taste-maker and oddball

Comment

The recent protests at the Whitney show museum trustees’ dealings cannot be ignored

The same old arguments in favour of ignoring the business dealings of trustees, of pretending museum programming can function independently of those funding it, cannot stand for long

Podcast

2018: the year in review

Our London and New York teams ponder 2018's biggest art stories. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

News

Protesters stream into Whitney, calling for removal of board vice chairman

They assailed the trustee's business ties to the tear gas fired by US border agents

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Whitney staff members assail vice chairman’s business tie to tear gas attacks at US border

In a letter, they express ‘outrage’ over a connection to a military and law enforcement supplier

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Linda on the loose

Andy Warhol is back again and better than ever—thanks to the Whitney’s Donna De Salvo

Podcast

Andy Warhol (part one): Whitney curator Donna De Salvo on the key moments of the king of Pop art's career

From his early life as a commercial artist to his celebrity portraits, as well as his relationship with a certain Donald Trump. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Exhibitions

Andy Warhol for the Instagram age: huge retrospective opens at the Whitney in New York

Exhibition spanning four decades looks to introduce the king of Pop art to the social media generation

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Andy Warhol

Is Warhol to blame for Trump? Pop pioneer's work touches on many issues facing America today

“It’s a very potent time to raise many of these issues,” says curator of the Warhol survey opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

Be dazzled by Mary Corse's light at the Whitney or catch the Met's Heavenly Bodies before it closes

News

Culture Pass has New Yorkers reaching for their library cards—but demand is exceeding supply

New scheme offering free tickets to some of the city’s most popular museums had thousands of responses

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Exhibitions

David Wojnarowicz was a poet, a fighter, a hustler, a survivor

The many sides of a complicated artist are explored with freshness, polish, and insight in the Whitney Museum’s retrospective

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Exhibitions

David Wojnarowicz’s furiously prolific but short-lived career explored in major show

As US culture wars reignite, the Whitney Museum stages a timely exhibition of New York’s finest firebrand

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Public art

Public review open for David Hammons’s Day’s End proposal

The “ghost monument” in Hudson River Park would be paid for and maintained by the Whitney Museum

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Exhibitions

Whitney’s Warhol: new blockbuster show to reinvent artist for the Instagram age

Museum’s director Adam Weinberg explains why exhibition took eight years to realise and why it will be "selfie-central"

Interview
Frieze New York

Frieze Artist Award winner Kapwani Kiwanga takes on colonialism

Imposing open-air work made of African farming fabric opens at New York fair this week

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Exhibitions

History repeating itself? Three major US shows look at 1930s art and political climate

Exhibitions of Grant Wood, Precisionism and interwar Europe draw parallels with today

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Linda on the loose

The Whitney delivers with an artist double-header: Zoe Leonard and Grant Wood

Feature

The ethics of appropriation

Can art represent the culture of marginalised groups without exploiting them? Jillian Steinhauer investigates

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Exhibitions

Time to look: Laura Owens’s self-reflective paintings demand considered attention

Visitors should not rush through the Los Angeles artist’s mid-career survey at New York’s Whitney Museum

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Exhibitions

The man without a face: Jimmie Durham at the Whitney Museum

Questions about identity abound in the travelling retrospective of the American artist’s work

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Public art

Whitney makes the case for David Hammons’s ‘ghost monument’ on the Hudson River

The museum presented its proposal for the public work at a community board meeting Wednesday night—and early reactions were positive

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Exhibitions

78th Whitney Biennial expands definition of American art

Their largest edition yet spans the globe looking at what makes American art

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Features

New museums: the rise of cryptic cathedrals of the cosmos

Charles Jencks revisits his article written for The Art Newspaper in 2000 to survey how museum architecture has evolved since the millennium

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum turns over its column-free fifth floor to artists

The museum’s new programme Open Plan will present large-scale installations by Michael Heizer, Andrea Fraser and others

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Performance art

Performance pioneers DANCENOISE take centre stage at the Whitney

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney’s billionaire chairman of trustees steps down

Leonard Lauder’s decision to leave the institution coincides with launch of $680m fundraising campaign

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Museums & Heritage

News from the US: Bush and Blair go under the (sledge) hammer, the Whitney suffers loan woes, and Rakowitz can't get a date

Tate’s US patrons applaud the destruction of cake effigies, while MoMA makes life difficult

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Whitney Museum of American Art

A new international role for the Whitney under Adam Weinberg

The museum's new director has assembled his curatorial team and is preparing to steer it on a radical new course

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Exhibitions

Eva Hesse at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco

Gallery shows of Hesse’s fragile sculptures are rare

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Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg's evolution examined in new show at Fondation Dina Vierny-Musée Maillol

Compare and contrast the last decade of the master's oeuvre

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Art market

Architecture is taking centre stage in the art world, and the market for architectural drawings is heating up

Few dealers, scarce material, but a growing audience

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Digital art

What are museums doing to collect, store and show internet art?

Ossian Ward investigates European and US perspectives and the issues of conservation and ownership

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Artist interview

The body under scrutiny: Interview with Kiki Smith

Kiki Smith responds to recent attacks on her work by Met director Philippe de Montebello

Archive
Alexander Calder

Calder-inspired mobiles are removed from several gallery gift shops in the US

The Calder foundation cites fears concerning authenticity

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Exhibitions

Castello di Rivoli to host its second exhibition of American art this year

“Sunshine and noir” explores the dramatic contrasts of Los Angeles as seen through the art produced there over the past forty years

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Andy Warhol

New Warhol exhibition opens at the Whitney Museum

The major show chronicles the many faces of Warhol's fascination with fame

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Keith Haring

Haring recognised at last, climbing from subway to museum

On the one hand, official recognition, on the other, the problem of fakes

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum blamed for the demise of a beloved book store

Books versus Basquiats?

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

The Serpentine asks how good was Jean-Michel Basquiat, really?

The artist's complicated oeuvre makes it hard to judge if some works are forged - or if instead he was just having an off day

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October 1994

The smoking dilemma: will Philip Morris's art support outlive its critics?

The tobacco giant remains one of the most important private funders of the arts in the US

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Museums

The Warhol museum opens this month

At 83,000 square feet it is bigger than the Whitney

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Museums

Hiring out the collection: the Whitney does, MoMA doesn’t

Collection leasing provides a fundraising alternative for some museums, and a surrogate permanent collection for others