I, YOU, WE
Apr 25–Sept 1, 2013
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, Nancy and Fred Poses Curator.
Ongoing support for the permanent collection and major support for I, YOU, WE is provided by
Bank of America.
I, YOU, WE is the fifth in a two-year series of exhibitions which reassess the Whitney’s collection in anticipation of the Museum’s move downtown. Unfolding chronologically, these exhibitions explore overlooked developments in American art and reconsider iconic figures and works within new contexts.
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 2002.183. Courtesy 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. Acrylic and oil stick on canvas, 84 1/16 x 84 in. (213.5 x 213.4 cm). Gift of Douglas S. Cramer 84.23. © 2015 The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ ADAGP, Paris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Eric Fischl, A Visit To / A Visit From / The Island, 1983. Oil on canvas, 84 × 168in. (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
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
Mary Ellen Mark, The Damm Family in Their Car, Los Angeles, California, 1987. Gelatin silver print, 14 9/16 × 14 3/4 in. (37 × 37.5 cm). Edition no. 12/75. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Raymond W. Merritt 2001.162
Shirin Neshat, Unveiling, 1993, from the series Women of Allah. Gelatin silver print and ink, 59 3/4 × 39 3/4 in. (151.8 × 101 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Photography Committee 2000.267
© Shirin Neshat. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels
Martin Wong, Big Heat, 1988. Synthetic polymer on canvas, 60 1/8 × 48 in. (152.7 × 121.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee 99.89. © Estate of Martin Wong; courtesy The Estate of Martin Wong and P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, NY
Ruth Ellen Weisberg (b. 1942), Passage, 1985. Lithograph, 36 1/4 × 29 11/16in. (92.1 × 75.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Gary M. and Brenda H. Ruttenberg 94.200
Karen Kilimnik, CK, 1993. Wax crayon and synthetic polymer on paper, 35 1/8 × 22 7/16 in. (89.2 × 57 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of The Bohen Foundation 95.31 On view