The list is out.
The show is touted in today's NYTimes as being international, because they have included so many European artists, but it isn't really. No Asians, for example (except for Rirkrit). The two curators are both Europeans, so... SURPRISE!
Alas, poor Whitney Museum of American Art mission statement. Where are you? The NYTimes piece states that "the curators have scoured artists' studios in art capitals like Milan, London, Paris and Berlin". Of course they have, if you were a curator would you rather travel on the museum's dime to Paris and Milan or Richmond and Indianapolis?
Very happy that Philadelphian Zoe Strauss, an artist often championed on Roberta and Libby's blog, is included. The news came to Zoe as a complete surprise - did the two curators visit any studios in Philadelphia? I'm curious. Why not select Roberta and Libby too? Seriously, they are excellent artists making a huge impact.
No artblogs are included, although I think there are some that should be. This is art. Even this is might be considered art, whatever his intentions or motivations, he is most certainly creating Social Sculpture. No artblogs included (as far as I am aware) is NOT surprising, but it is a shortcoming. Come on, curators, catch up!
Zoe Strauss' very very happy, funny, and excited blog entry announcing her inclusion in the Whitney Biennial. Also includes the full list of participating artists.
OC Artblog on Zoe Strauss with funny comment by Zoe Strauss.