Art: The Weather Vane

The most accurate weather vane of the winds of contemporary U.S. art is the annual show at Manhattan's Whitney Museum of American Art. "We try to spread a wide net," says Director Lloyd Goodrich, 66. He and his three top staffers traveled all over the U.S. during the past year, poking into galleries and collections to catch the best.

Each of the art hunters makes a list of 150 artists, and when most agree on an artist he gets into the Annual automatically. When two or only one back a candidate, the decision is debated....

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