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Marianne Vitale

Born 1973 in New York, New York
Lives and Works in New York, New York

“Welcome to the future of Neutralism,” Marianne Vitale declares at the beginning of her video Patron. Staring directly into the camera, Vitale orders her audience to stand up, open their mouths wide, recite tongue-twisting rhymes, and “spit at the ceiling.” While insisting on compliance with her videotaped instructions, Vitale’s performance parodies authoritarian posturing, especially when her abusive demands border on the surreal (“imagine your feet soaking in gopher urine”) and her monologue evolves into a poetic flight of mean-spirited aphorisms. Vitale’s tone recalls the rhetoric of early twentieth-century avant-garde movements such as Futurism, whose members wrote breathless manifestos calling for radical change. While Vitale’s philosophy of “Neutralism,” which she never defines, may be grounded in a sense of irony, her direct address nonetheless retains something of the historical avant-garde’s conviction of art’s ability to jar viewers into action.

Read about the artist

"Biennialist Marianne Vitale Leads a Fishy Mutiny on the LES":http://www.thelmagazine.com/TheMeasure/archives/2010/03/29/biennialist-marianne-vitale-leads-a-fishy-mutiny-on-the-les
--_The L Magazine_ (March 2010)

"Studio Visit: Marianne Vitale":http://www.flashartonline.com/interno.php?pagina=studio_det&id_art=470&det=ok&title=Marianne-Vitale
--_Flash Art Online_ (February 2010)

"Artist Marianne Vitale Pitches a Tent in Hell":http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2008/12/artist_marianne_vitale_pitches.html
--_New York Magazine_ (December 2008)

"Jen DeNike and Marianne Vitale":http://artforum.com/archive/id=15434
--_Artforum_ (May 2007; note: registration required)

"The Perfect Man Show":http://www.frieze.com/issue/review/the_perfect_man_show/
--_Frieze_ (March 2007)

"Deborah Colton Gallery: Chemical City":http://www.houstonpress.com/2007-10-11/calendar/deborah-colton-gallery-chemical-city/
--_Houston Press_ (October 2007)

"Dawn Clements":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/DawnClements
"George Condo":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/GeorgeCondo
"Sarah Crowner":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/SarahCrowner
"Verne Dawson":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/VerneDawson
"Julia Fish":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/JuliaFish
"Roland Flexner":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/RolandFlexner
"Suzan Frecon":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/SuzanFrecon
"Maureen Gallace":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/MaureenGallace
"Theaster Gates":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/TheasterGates
"Kate Gilmore":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/KateGilmore
"Hannah Greely":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/HannahGreely
"Jesse Aron Green":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/JesseAronGreen

"Robert Grosvenor":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/RobertGrosvenor
"Sharon Hayes":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/SharonHayes
"Thomas Houseago":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/ThomasHouseago
"Alex Hubbard":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/AlexHubbard
"Jessica Jackson
  Hutchins":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/JessicaJacksonHutchins
"Jeffrey Inaba":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/JeffreyInaba
"Martin Kersels":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/MartinKersels
"Jim Lutes":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/JimLutes
"Babette Mangolte":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/BabetteMangolte
"Curtis Mann":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/CurtisMann
"Ari Marcopoulos":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/AriMarcopoulos

"Daniel McDonald":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/DanielMcDonald
"Josephine Meckseper":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/JosephineMeckseper
"Rashaad Newsome":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/RashaadNewsome
"Kelly Nipper":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/KellyNipper
"Lorraine O'Grady":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/LorraineOGrady
"R.H. Quaytman":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/RHQuaytman
"Charles Ray":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/CharlesRay
"Emily Roysdon":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/EmilyRoysdon
"Aki Sasamoto":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/AkiSasamoto
"Aurel Schmidt":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/AurelSchmidt
"Scott Short":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/ScottShort

"Stephanie Sinclair":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/StephanieSinclair
"Ania Soliman":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/AniaSoliman
"Storm Tharp":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/StormTharp
"Tam Tran":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/TamTran
"Kerry Tribe":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/KerryTribe
"Piotr Uklański":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/PiotrUklanski
"Lesley Vance":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/LesleyVance
"Marianne Vitale":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/MarianneVitale
"Erika Vogt":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/ErikaVogt
"Pae White":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/PaeWhite
"Robert Williams":/Exhibitions/2010Biennial/RobertWilliams