Art: Major Art Attack

Face it, you love the Whitney Biennial. You love a show that gives you, every two years, an opportunity to bemoan the state of art today, all those craven dealers, politically correct curators and jejune, salacious, hectoring artists. Well, good news: the 2004 edition of the Biennial is now open. With 108 mostly lesser-known contributors from around the U.S., it is sure to have something to make your skin crawl. But there are also those rare things, artists worth looking at. Here are three:

ALEC SOTH At the River's Edge

The way Alec Soth sees it, the Mississippi River is a...