Washington, DC

“34th Biennial of Contemporary American Painting”

Corcoran Gallery of Art

While the Whitney fails in both intention and execution, the Corcoran Gallery of Art's “34th Biennial of Contemporary American Painting” with fairly justifiable and workable plans is still a disappointment. It does everything you wish the Whitney would do, but badly and with flair.

The size and installation are manageable. Fifty artists in seven spacious galleries and the two-story atrium gives almost everyone enough spate. And 50 works seems like the limit; it is a number you can think about. In addition there is a fairly sensible selection process (if such a thing is possible): 25 artists have been chosen from previous Biennials (the Corcoran looks after its own); 25 are new to the Biennial (but is not afraid to try something new). For the most part, guest curator (and former director) Gene Baro was responsible for selecting the first group, while current director Roy Slade chose the new

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