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I, YOU, WE

Apr 25–Sept 1, 2013

 
Nicholas Nixon (b. 1947), Catherine and Tom Moran, East Braintree, Massachusetts, 1987.Gelatin silver print, 7 11 16 x 9 5 8 in. (19.5 x 24.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Photography Committee 2003.249
 

Nicholas Nixon (b. 1947), Catherine and Tom Moran, East Braintree, Massachusetts, 1987.Gelatin silver print, 7 11 16 × 9 5 8 in. (19.5 × 24.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Photography Committee 2003.249

I, you, we: three very commonplace words. These pronouns—with all their implied complexities of meaning—provide an unexpected guide for assessing the works of art from the 1980s and early 1990s in the Museum’s collection. What becomes apparent in this survey of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs is how the personal, social, and collective issues and concerns of the artists of this time are still relevant several decades later.

I, YOU, WE is organized by David Kiehl, Curator, Prints.

Ongoing support for the permanent collection and major support for I, YOU, WE is provided by
Bank of America.

Bank of America

Works from the exhibition

Tina Barney, The Landscape, 1988. Chromogenic print, 45 3/8 × 58 3/8 in. (115.3 × 148.3 cm). Edition no. 1/10. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz  93.11© Tina Barney
Lorna Simpson, Counting, 1991. Photogravure and screenprint: 73 3/4 × 37 7/8 in. (187.3 × 96.2 cm). Edition no. 60/60. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Print Committee  93.94© Lorna Simpson
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (One day this kid . . .), 1990. Photostat, 30 × 40 1/8 in. (76.2 × 101.9 cm). Edition of 10. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Print Committee  2002.183Courtesy of The Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, NY
Richard Avedon, Bill Curry, drifter, Interstate 40, Yukon, Oklahoma, 6/16/80, 1980, from In the American West, 1979–84. Gelatin silver print mounted on aluminum, 47 × 37 9/16 in. (119.4 × 95.4 cm). Edition no. 3/5. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Norma and Martin Stevens  98.24© 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hollywood Africans, 1983. Synthetic polymer and mixed media on canvas, 84 × 84 in. (213.4 × 213.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Douglas S. Cramer  84.23  © 2009 The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
John Currin, Skinny Woman, 1992. Oil on canvas, 50 1/8 × 38 1/16 in. (127.3 × 96.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from The List Purchase Fund and the Painting and Sculpture Committee  92.30
Eric Fischl, A Visit To / A Visit From / The Island, 1983. Oil on canvas, 84 × 168 in. (213.4 × 426.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President  83.17a-b
Robert Gober, Untitled, 1992–96. Photolithograph, 22 7/16 × 13 9/16 in. (57 × 34.5 cm). Edition no. 4/40. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Print Committee  97.5© Robert Gober 1992-1996
Nan Goldin, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, 1979–96 (detail). Nine-carousel projection with approximately 700 slides, soundtrack, and titles, dimensions variable. Edition no. 1/10. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from The Charles Engelhard Foundation, the Mrs. Percy Uris Bequest, the Painting and Sculpture Committee, and the Photography Committee  92.127© Nan Goldin
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled [Billboard Poster], 1989. Photo-screenprint, 16 5/8 × 21 5/8 in. (42.2 × 54.9 cm). Published by the Public Art Fund Inc., New  York. Edition no. 28/250. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner  2005.138© The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation
Glenn Ligon, Untitled (I Do Not Always Feel Colored), 1990. Oil stick and gesso on panel, 80 × 30 1/16 × 1 1/2 in.  (203.2 × 76.4 × 3.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of The Bohen Foundation in honor of Thomas N. Armstrong <span class="caps">III  2001.275Courtesy of the Artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Robert Mapplethorpe, Ken Moody and Robert Sherman, 1984. Gelatin silver print, 15 1/8 × 15 3/16 in. (38.4 × 38.6 cm). AP 1/2 AP. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Inc.  97.103.3© The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Inc.
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Installation Photography

Installation view of I, YOU, WE (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, April 25–September 1, 2013). Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins
Installation view of I, YOU, WE (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, April 25–September 1, 2013). Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins
Installation view of I, YOU, WE (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, April 25–September 1, 2013). Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins
Installation view of I, YOU, WE (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, April 25–September 1, 2013). Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins
Installation view of I, YOU, WE (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, April 25–September 1, 2013). Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins
Installation view of I, YOU, WE (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, April 25–September 1, 2013). Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins
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In the News

“This is an exhibition that faces AIDS head-on, as it does identity.”
The New York Times

“The Whitney Finds the Good Thing About the ’80s”
The Village Voice

Video: Curator David Kiehl leads a walk-through of the exhibition.
Here TV

“An intense and poignant selection of works from the Whitney’s permanent collection that is worth catching”
ARTnews

“A stunning, stirring exhibit”
A&U Magazine

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