Art: Navigating A Cultural Trough

For a change, the Whitney Biennial is not too bad

The Whitney Biennial, the show critics (and others) love to hate, is here again. Its significance as an event lies in the fact that it is still the only large survey of current American art regularly held by a U.S. museum, namely the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Hence, given the absurdly overcrowded art world of the late '80s, with thousands of artists, dealers and collectors jostling for visibility (the Whitney's curators guess at an American artist population of more than 200,000, but this figure may be low), the show excites much the same passions as the...

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