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Whitney Watch

SPRINGTIME (EVERY OTHER YEAR) means open season for Whitney Biennial–bashing. From chief curators and chaired professors to gallery attendants and art students, the art world loves to loathe this country’s premier survey of contemporary art.

As Klaus Kertess’ ’95 Biennial opens this month, we called on nine individuals and one collective we know have their ears to the ground and asked them which artists they felt he overlooked. Independent curator Robert Nickas generously supplied his own fully formed 40-name alternative (there was but one overlap with Kertess’ selection); the activist collective the Guerrilla Girls refused to name names, though spokesperson “Alice Neel” noted the inequity of the Biennial list—it includes less than 30 percent women; finally, with characteristic restraint, basher-of-bashers Hilton Kramer called for a full-fledged Biennial moratorium of ten years—long enough

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