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Whitney Museum Holds Final Biennial at Upper East Side Location

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The Whitney Biennial, a survey of what's happening in American art right now, is now open on the Upper East Side. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is going out with a bang.

"The Whitney Biennial happens every two years here at the museum, and it's really the preeminent survey of contemporary art of its time, of the moment," says Jay Sanders, curator of the Whitney Museum.

This is the last biennial to take place at the museum's Upper East Side location before it moves to its new home in the Meatpacking District next year. It's filled with bright, large-scale works.

"We're in the fourth floor, which is our tallest ceilings, and you see a lot of large-scale paintings and sculptures here. So it's a very beautiful open loft-like floor here," Sanders says.

Simon: I think one of the things that makes the Whitney so unique is that the artworks are really made for the space.
Sanders: Yeah, that's true, and artists often know where they're going to be in the building and makes work that directly addresses the architecture of this great building.

This Biennial features many female painters.

"This is work by Jacqueline Humphries, who's a New York abstract painter that's been working for a couple decades here in New York," Sanders says. "Silver, very susceptible to the light. Kind of reinventing what abstraction can be."

In all, there are more than 100 artists and art collectives showcased here, including Lisa Anne Auerbach, who tells stories on paper and in wool.

"This particular piece has a journal on the pants, which shows around the time that I was making them," Auerbach says.

How off the wall are some of the works here? Well, some paintings are, in fact, off the wall because they're painted on both sides.

It's not just visual art, either. There is also a full schedule of performances.

The biennial runs through May 25.

For more information, go to www.whitney.org.

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