Whitney Biennial 2012 Audio Guide Playlist
This audio guide allows visitors to hear directly from artists as they discuss the thoughts, processes, and ideas behind their work in the 2012 Whitney Biennial exhibition.
NICK MAUSS: My name’s Nick Mauss.
What you see first are two doors and a Marsden Hartley painting.
The doors next to this painting lead into an antechamber made of velvet and appliquéd cotton, which looks like it’s been painted, like it’s an enlarged sketch. And that space is sort of—it’s meant as a passageway, but it’s this incredibly elaborate, tiny space, with no real function except to sort of transition from one space to another space. It also feels like a kind of void to me. It’s a remake of a room that existed in Paris that was commissioned in the thirties. The rest of the building in which this room exists was very minimal, and kind of stark. And to have this really opulent, small velvet room in there, I think, must have been pretty spectacular.
NARRATOR: The room, which Mauss has re-created here, was originally in the Guerlain perfume company’s headquarters in Paris. The room was designed by Christian Bérard, a fashion illustrator, set designer, and painter. Mauss has hung an Andy Warhol work in the room itself. Nearby, you can see works by Ellsworth Kelly, Gary Winogrand, and Charles Demuth, which Mauss has also incorporated into his installation. In addition, he’s built special freestanding frames for two drawings.
NICK MAUSS: The two drawings by Eyre De Lanux are two-sided, and they sort of stand in the space on pedestals in frames almost as if they were people who have also wandered through this room, or somehow relate to the room. The drawings are combinations of pictures and text, so they have this sort of rebus quality. It becomes very clear that they are love letters, that they’re motivated by yearning.
There’s also a reverse projection just on the left of the room, which is very small and intense and almost has a feeling of a slow pulse or something.
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- 120 Oscar Tuazon
- 220 Thom Andersen
- 221 Forrest Bess (by Robert Gober)
- 2212 Forrest Bess (by Robert Gober)
- 222 Moyra Davey (photography)
- 2222 Moyra Davey (photography)
- 223 Moyra Davey (Les Goddesses)
- 224 Matt Hoyt
- 225 George Kuchar
- 226 Laida Lertxundi
- 227 Joanna Malinowska
- 2272 Joanna Malinowska
- 228 Laura Poitras
- 229 Matt Porterfield
- 230 Luther Price (films)
- 231 Michael Robinson
- 232 Wu Tsang (Wildness)
- 233 Frederick Wiseman
- 320 Lutz Bacher (Pipe Organ)
- 321 Lutz Bacher (The Celestial Handbook)
- 322 Cameron Crawford
- 323 Liz Deschenes
- 324 Nicole Eisenman
- 325 Vincent Fecteau
- 326 LaToya Ruby Frazier
- 3262 LaToya Ruby Frazier
- 327 Dawn Kasper
- 328 Jutta Koether
- 3282 Jutta Koether
- 329 Kate Levant
- 330 Sam Lewitt
- 3302 Sam Lewitt
- 331 Andrew Masullo
- 332 Nick Mauss
- 3322 Nick Mauss
- 333 Luther Price (slide projections)
- 334 Elaine Reichek
- 335 Tom Thayer
- 420 Charles Atlas
- 421 Lutz Bacher (What are you Thinking and Baseballs)
- 422 Richard Maxwell
- 4222 Richard Maxwell
- 423 Sarah Michelson
- 424 Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran
- 4242 Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran
- 426 Wu Tsang (Green Room)
- 427 Gisèle Vienne with Dennis Cooper, Stephen O’Malley, and Peter Rehberg
- 521 Lucy Raven
- 522 The Red Krayola
- 523 Georgia Sagri