Clicking on the Canvas

A new exhibit of Net art is good, strange fun

A peeled banana. Rows of blue ashtrays lined up against a bright yellow background. A baby girl playing in the sand. Get the connection? Neither do I. Yet it is the very randomness of the electronic images displayed in Ben Benjamin's one of nine websites showcased in the Biennial Exhibition, through June 4 at the Whitney Museum in New York City, that makes the site so intriguing. As you struggle to make sense of it all, you find yourself drawn deeper and deeper into its playful maze.

At once awkward and elegant, corny and profound, the Whitney's selections,...

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