Whitney Biennial 2022's 63 artists announced. No Italians

The 63 artists for the 2022 edition of the Whitney Biennial, the historic American art biennial, have been announced. Among the international presences, no Italians.

Artists taking part in the 2022 edition of the Whitney Biennial in New York, which was supposed to take place in 2021 but was postponed this year due to Covid, have been announced in recent hours. Founded in 1932 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney to chart developments in art in the United States, it is the longest-running American event of its kind and this year will be held from April 6 to September 5, as always in the spaces of the Whitney Museum in New York.

The theme for the 2022 edition will be Quiet as it’s kept. This year’s Whitney Biennial is curated by David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards with Gabriel Almeida Baroja and Margaret Kross, and is sponsored by Tiffany & Co. and Sotheby’s.

Sixty-three artists are called this year. No Italians among those present: historically the Whitney Biennial has always been the exhibition of American artists, but in recent editions it has nevertheless opened up to international presences, and in past editions there have also been Italian participants. The last was Francesco Vezzoli in the 2006 edition. The oldest artist in the show is Puerto Rican choreographer Awilda Sterling-Duprey, born in 1947, while the youngest is Mexican Andrew Roberts, born in 1995.

As for the themes of this edition, the curators explained in a note: “We began planning this exhibition, originally scheduled to open in 2021, almost a year before the 2020 elections, before the pandemic and lockdowns, before the riots demanding racial justice, and before the questioning of institutions and their structures. Although many of these underlying conditions are not new, their overlapping, intensity, and sheer ubiquity have created a context in which past, present, and future have mingled with each other. We organized the exhibition to reflect these precarious and improvised times.”

Following are the artists:

Lisa Alvarado (San Antonio, 1982) - USA

Harold Ancart (Bruxells, 1980) - Belgium

Mónica Arreola (Tijuana, 1976) - Mexico

Emily Barker (San Diego, 1992) - USA

Yto Barrada (Paris, 1971) - France

Rebecca Belmore (Upsala, 1960) - Canada

Jonathan Berger (New York, 1980) - USA

Nayland Blake (New York, 1960) - USA

Cassandra Press - Collective founded in 2016 by Kandis Williams - USA

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (Busan, 1951 - New York, 1982) - South Korea

Raven Chacon (Fort Defiance, 1977) - USA

Leidy Churchman (Villanova, 1979) - USA

Tony Cokes (Richmond, 1956) - USA

Jacky Connolly (New York, 1990) - USA

Matt Connors(Chicago, 1973) - USA

Alex Da Corte (Camden, 1980) - USA

Aria Dean (Los Angeles, 1993) - USA

Danielle Dean (Huntsville, 1982) - USA

Jane Dickson (Chicago, 1952) - USA

Buck Ellison (San Francisco, 1987) - USA

Alia Farid (Kuwait City, 1985) - Kuwait

Coco Fusco (New York, 1960) - USA

Ellen Gallagher (Providence, 1965) - USA

A Gathering of the Tribes (collective founded 1991) / Steve Cannon (New Orleans, 1935 - New York, 2019) - USA

Cy Gavin (Pittsburgh, 1985) - USA

Adam Gordon (Minneapolis, 1986) - USA

Renée Green (Cleveland, 1959) - USA

Pao Houa Her (Laos, 1982) - Laos

EJ Hill (Los Angeles, 1985) - USA

Alfredo Jaar (Santiago, 1956) - Chile

Rindon Johnson (San Francisco, 1990) - USA

Ivy Kwan Arce (Salinas, 1965) and Julie Tolentino (San Francisco, 1964) - USA

Ralph Lemon (Cincinnati, 1952) - USA

Duane Linklater (Treaty 9 Territory, 1976) - Canada

James Little (Memphis, 1952) - USA

Rick Lowe (Alabama, 1961) - USA

Daniel Joseph Martinez (Los Angeles, 1957) - USA

Dave McKenzie (Kingston, 1977) - Jamaica

Rodney McMillian (Columbia, 1969) - USA

Na Mira (Lawrence, 1982) - USA

Alejandro “Luperca” Morales (Ciudad Juárez, 1990) - Mexico

Moved by the Motion - Collective founded in 2016 by Wu Tsang and Tosh Basco

Terence Nance (Dallas, 1982) - USA

Woody De Othello (Miami, 1991) - USA

Adam Pendleton (Richmond, 1984) - USA

N. H. Pritchard (New York, 1939) - USA

Lucy Raven (Tucson, 1977) - USA

Charles Ray (Chicago, 1953) - USA

Jason Rhoades (Newcastle, 1965) - USA

Andrew Roberts (Tijuana, 1995) - Mexico

Guadalupe Rosales (Redwood City, 1980) - USA

Veronica Ryan (Plymouth, 1956) - Montserrat

Rose Salane (New York, 1992) - USA

Michael E. Smith (Detroit, 1977) - USA

Sable Elyse Smith (Los Angeles, 1986) - USA

Awilda Sterling-Duprey (San Juan, 1947) - Puerto Rico

Rayyane Tabet (Beirut, 1983) - Lebanon

Denyse Thomasos (Port of Spain, 1964) - Trinidad and Tobago

Trinh T. Minh-ha (?, Hanoi) - Vietnam

Wang Shui (1986) - USA

Eric Wesley (Los Angeles, 1973) - USA

Dyani White Hawk (Madison, 1976) - USA

Kandis Williams (Baltimore, 1985) - USA

Pictured is an image from the 2019 edition of the Whitney Biennial.

Whitney Biennial 2022's 63 artists announced. No Italians
Whitney Biennial 2022's 63 artists announced. No Italians

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