The Whitney has announced a list of artists for next year’s Biennial, which will open in February.
As The Times points out, it’s a shorter roster than in recent years 55 compared to 81 in 2008. And this is not the only way that the exhibition’s scale has been reduced:
In a change from past years, the curators have limited each artist to one work or series, so that the Biennial will feel more like a snapshot of the state of art rather than a succession of mini-retrospectives.
And unlike the one in 2006, this Biennial won’t have a theme. Mr. Bonami said he didn’t want one: “The theme is the year — 2010 — which is the title.”
Perhaps themes are a boom-time excess.
You can read the full list on the Whitney’s site, or, if you are so inclined, watch a video of curators Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari as they stand in assorted locations and read the names aloud in alphabetical order.