After successfully bouncing back from the effect of the global pandemic, Whitney Biennial 2024 returns to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York with a new edition titled Even Better Than the Real Thing. The title is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the recent discourse that arose from the discussions around AI, as well as a comment on the never-ending debate about what it truly means to be authentic. Here is a list of five talented American artists whose work you must see at the exhibition.
Whitney Biennial 2024: Five Exhibiting Artists from the US to See
Pippa Garner is known for her radical artistic approach, as she has never hesitated to use her own body as a canvas for her ideas. Garner’s art critiques capitalism, consumerism, and social and gender norms. She has a large and diverse body of work, starting from photography and sculpture and ending with drawings and performance art.
Cannupa Hanska Luger
As an artist of Native American descent, Cannupa Hanska Luger uses his art to communicate his experience of indigeneity and attract attention to gendered violence and environmental issues. He mostly creates large-scale installations but also dabbles in other mediums such as sculpture, video, and performance art. One of Luger’s most popular works featured 4,000 individually handmade ceramic beads.
Torkwase Dyson is a cross-disciplinary artist who works in large-scale environmental art installations informed by a theory of Black Compositional Thought, which she developed herself. The main subject of her art concerns the existence of black and brown bodies in physical spaces, as well as spatial and environmental liberation as one of the crucial stepping stones toward complete Black liberation.
Aron Kantor is a filmmaker and video artist whose shocking and unapologetically camp pieces explore sexuality and gender identity. His art is often absurdist, humorous, and filled with pop-culture references. Kantor plays with society’s expectations of what is appropriate and tasteful and what femininity and masculinity should look like.
Mary Kelly is an American conceptual artist and a trailblazing feminist thinker. Her large-scale installations and essays have changed the public discourse around motherhood and the role of women in society. She is most well-known for her research-based art project Post-Partum Document (1976), which was seen as scandalous and inappropriate. For example, it featured her newborn son’s used diaper liners, accompanied by her writing.
300Magazine is looking forward to Whitney Biennial 2024, opening on March 20. We hope to see you at the new edition of one of the biggest exhibitions in New York.