Looking over the list of artists participating in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, it appears to be–as Postmasters owner Magda Sawon quipped on Twitter moments ago–“mercifully short on big art market stars,” with Mike Kelley, who shows with Gagosian, perhaps the lone exception.
Rather, many of the artists show with downtown galleries that focus on emerging artists, or they are among the more low-key artists on their dealer’s roster (e.g. Kai Althoff at Gladstone, Vincent Facteau at Matthew Marks, etc.).
A handful of New York dealers have more than one artist in the biennial, including Greene Naftali, where biennial co-curator Jay Sanders previously served as director. Reena Spaulings is the prettiest girl at the dance, providing three artists for the exhibition. A list of dealers with more than one participant in the show is below:
Reena Spaulings: three artists
John Kelsey (one of the proprietors of Reena Spaulings), Jutta Koether and K8 Hardy
Greene Naftali: two artists
John Knight and Richard Hawkins
Miguel Abreu: two artists
Liz Deschenes and Sam Lewitt
Clifton Benevento: two artists
Michael E. Smith and Wu Tsang (who is also appearing in the 2012 New Museum triennial)
Matthew Marks: two artists
Vincent Fecteau and Robert Gober (who appears to be curating Forrest Bess works)