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Meet the Director

About the Whitney

As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holdings of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum's key resource. The Museum's flagship exhibition, the Biennial, is the country's leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.

Innovation has been a hallmark of the Whitney since its beginnings. It was the first museum dedicated to the work of living American artists and the first New York museum to present a major exhibition of a video artist (Nam June Paik, in 1982). Such important figures as Jasper Johns, Jay DeFeo, Glenn Ligon, Cindy Sherman, and Paul Thek were given their first comprehensive museum surveys at the Whitney. The Museum has consistently purchased works within the year they were created, often well before the artists who created them became broadly recognized.

Designed by architect Renzo Piano and situated between the High Line and the Hudson River, the Whitney's current building vastly increases the Museum’s exhibition and programming space, providing the most expansive view ever of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art.

Spilling Over

Solo en Inglès

Escucha a los artistas, el curador de la exposición y académicos hablar sobre trabajos icónicos en la exhibición.

Installation view of Spilling Over.

David Breslin: Hola, mi nombre es David Breslin. Soy el Curador Familia DeMartini y Director de la colección de arte del Whitney Museum of American Art.

Esta exposición reúne pinturas de la década de 1960 y principios de 1970, donde el color es el elemento predominante. Se podría decir que en toda pintura, el color es fundamental, pero en estas pinturas en particular es un elemento que determina la manera en que las contemplamos, en que nos afectan, la manera en que creo que el artista privilegió el color por encima del gesto, de la línea o la forma de representar la temática para trasmitir lo que él, ella o ellos quieren lograr con la pintura.

Siempre me han atraído las pinturas de este periodo por su capacidad para cautivar al espectador, por atraerlo realmente hacia el espacio de las pinturas.  

Y algunos de estos artistas en realidad no pensaban tanto en la temática en sí, sino en los sentimientos que la pintura provocaría en el espectador o la manera en que la obra crearía cierto ambiente donde el espectador y sus sentimientos, su percepción y postura política comenzarían a compartir el mismo escenario de la pintura en la sala.


Installation view of Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, March 29, 2019–summer 2019).