The 2002 Biennial Exhibition features the work of 113 artists and collaborative teams representing a wide range of ages, backgrounds and sensibilities, making this the most comprehensive Biennial since 1981. Containing the largest collection of architecture, sound art, performance art, and Internet art ever presented in a Biennia,, this is arguably the most diverse exhibition of its kind to date." (RINDER, P. 1)
"Not restricted by a single theme, the 2002 Biennial will expose multiple, sometimes conflicting currents, as well as extraordinary works that fall outside of any conventional aesthetic definition." —Lawrence R. Rinder
The "2002 Biennial Exhibition" is the 71st in the Whitney Museum's signature series highlighting the most significant developments in American art over the past few years. Throughout its history of support for the development of 20th- and 21st-century American art, the Whitney Museum has fostered contemporary artistic innovation and diversity through its acclaimed and often controversial Biennial. Countless prominent artists have made their museum debut at these diverse surveys of painting, sculpture, works on paper, film and video, performance, and installation. The current exhibition includes works by more than 100 artists in traditional Biennial mediums, as well as new inclusions such as web-related, digital, and sound art.
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