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GRINCH-TIME #3: PEAKS & TROUGHS

May 12, 2012

Tags: Forrest Bess, Nicole Eisenman, Vincent Fecteau, Jutta Koether, Andrew Masullo

Andrew Masullo (b. 1957). 5030, 2008-10. Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Andrew Masullo; courtesy Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles.
My third & last big overrated show is the “2012 Whitney Biennial,” organized by Elisabeth Sussman and Jay Sanders and exhibiting work by 51 artists (through May 27). Whatever else I may say about it, it has prompted me to a few fresh thoughts about art history, the notion of "peaks & troughs". These Biennials often attract negative reviews, but this year, (more…)