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MILD ABOUT LARRY: 2002 WHITNEY BIENNIAL

When Lawrence Rinder was named curator of contemporary art at the Whitney two years ago, he inherited one of the toughest gigs in the world of art: the Whitney Biennial. Because the biennial remains contemporary art's best-known survey, hosted by one of the art world's most visible venues it's the show critics love to hate. We asked three Artforum regulars, Bob Nickas, Bruce Hainley, and George Baker, for their takes. (Artforum.com editor Saul Anton adds a new-media footnote.) The only constant: the carping, of course—and one stray note of triple consensus.

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