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Yayoi Kusama, Butterflies on the Water, 2002, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in July
Yayoi Kusama, Butterflies on the Water, 2002, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in July


Apr. 6, 2012

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It seems like the 2012 Whitney Biennial just opened, yet the museum has already released its new -- and rather hip -- exhibition lineup for the coming year.

A healthy dose of new media is on the agenda, starting with the feminist video and installation artist Sharon Hayes, who was in the last biennial. Hayes, whose work is known to deal with history, language and memory, is showing both new and old work in “There Is So Much I Want to Say to You,” June 21-Sept. 9, 2012.

Next up is German abstract filmmaker Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967), June 28-Oct. 28, 2012, debuting what the Whitney calls “the first multiple screen film projection ever made.” No other details are revealed, but fans may cite Fischinger’s groundbreaking use of three screens for the film Room of Light and Art, which premiered in Berlin in 1926.

Forty-year-old painter and inkjet artist Wade Guyton is having his first survey (without longtime collaborator Kelley Walker), Oct. 4, 2012-Jan., 2013. Scott Rothkopf curates a selection of drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations made since 2003, plus a series of new 50-foot-long paintings produced especially for the Whitney.

Then the Whit is presenting traveling exhibitions from heavyweights Yayoi Kusama, whose retrospective is currently on view at the Tate Modern and opens at the Whitney in July, and Richard Artschwager whose show -- the exuberantly titled “Richard Artschwager!” -- opens in October, before heading to the Hammer Museum. An exhibition of 150 works from Beat-era star Jay DeFeo (1929-1989) comes to the Whitney in early 2013 from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Plus, group shows include a show of post-war art, “Signs and Symbols,” June 28-Oct. 28, 2012, plus “Sinister Pop,” Nov. 15, 2012-March 2013 and the cryptically titled, southern blues-inspired “Blues for Smoke,” Feb.-Apr., 2013.

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