The 2019 Whitney Biennial Artist List: By the Numbers
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The 2019 Whitney Biennial Artist List: By the Numbers

Brendan Fernandes, The Master and Form, 2018, performance view. BRENDAN LEO MEREA On Monday, the Whitney Museum in New York revealed the artist list for its 2019 Whitney Biennial, which will run from May 17 to September 22. Some 75 artists and collectives are included; the majority of the participants are artists of color, according to the Whitney. To find out more about those showing in the exhibition, which is curated by Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta, ARTnews crunched the numbers. Our findings follow below. 75: The number of artists participating in the biennial’s 2019 edition. That’s a bit more than the 2017 edition, which had 63 artists. 50: The percentage of artists who use she/her pronouns. This is a marked increase over the preceding Whitney Biennial, where 25 out of 63 artists—about 40 percent—were women. Laura Ortman, My Soul Remainer (still), 2017, high-definition video, color, sound, five minutes, 44 seconds. COURTESY THE ARTIST 20: The number of artists who are younger than Jesus . (Meaning younger than 33.) In a statement on Monday, Panetta said the 2019 Whitney Biennial trends younger because “so many artists we encountered are struggling and facing fewer opportunities to present their work publicly.”) […]

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