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Whitney Biennial 1981
Jan 20–Apr 12, 1981

The Whitney Biennial 1981 was curated by John G. Hanhardt, Barbara Haskell, Richard Marshall, and Patterson Sims.

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“. . . an occasionally repulsive show. There are whole stretches of it, moreover, that are extremely boring. All the same, it is a show that everyone interested in the art of our time will want to see. It is a show that really tells us something about the condition of our culture.” —The New York Times

“Most of the photography hanging right now in the Whitney Biennial is kitsch, if one of the ways we define kitsch is an extraordinary expenditure of means with very little result.” —October

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