Whitney Biennial 2019


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Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta

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This highly anticipated book showcases the work and voices of an exciting selection of artists shaping the conversation about contemporary art in the United States today

Since its introduction in 1932, the Whitney Biennial—the Museum’s signature exhibition—has charted new developments in contemporary art. The 2019 Biennial is curated by members of the museum’s curatorial staff Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta, well-known in the contemporary art world for their track records of working with emerging artists and producing historically minded exhibitions. The book features process images and source material from each of the Biennial participants, in addition to a commissioned text on each artist and essays by the curators on the themes of the exhibition.
Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director, notes, “The Biennial is a tradition that goes back to the institution’s historical roots while providing us with a barometer of the new. Pushing beyond what is comfortable, presenting diverse approaches to artmaking, and understanding that art can never be severed from the world at large have become the hallmarks of the Biennial.” Coming in the midst of dramatic shifts in the cultural, social, and political landscapes, this book will serve as an important resource on present-day trends in contemporary art in the United States.

Distributed for the Whitney Museum of American Art

Exhibition Schedule:

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
(May 17–September 22, 2019)

Rujeko Hockley is assistant curator and Jane Panetta is associate curator, both at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
(May 17–September 22, 2019)

“Every two years, New York City’s Whitney Museum celebrates emerging stars in the world of contemporary art, and here offers a visual and narrative look at the 2019 participants.”—Clare Swanson, Publishers Weekly
ISBN: 9780300242751
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Whitney Museum of American Art
316 pages, 7 7/8 x 10 1/4
500 color + 85 b/w illus.