For the run of the exhibition, SVA Close Up is highlighting members of the SVA community selected for the 2014 Whitney Biennial (March 7 – May 25). This is the first installment.
The Whitney Biennial is a snapshot, of sorts, of the situation of art in the time of its making. Some artists in the exhibition have been working for decades, and some are new to the
scene. One of the more renowned on this year’s roster is the late Sarah Charlesworth, former MFA Photography, Video and Related Media faculty member, who is included in the segment of the Biennial curated by Michelle Grabner.
new media for art and popular culture. But her inclusion in the Biennial is further evidence that her work continues to speak to today’s artists and observers.
In a November 2013 Artforum article, artist and friend of Charlesworth, Laurie Simmons, explains, “Despite her in-depth readings and technical expertise, her vast knowledge never diminished her fundamental awe of the endless potential of the photographic image at this specific moment in history.” Charlesworth is also remembered for her contributions to art education. “Sarah practiced a pedagogy that encouraged research, freethinking, and dialectics, and [she] was adored by her students,” writes Betsy Sussler, editor-in chief of BOMB, in the publication’s fall 2013 issue. This year’s Biennial offers viewers another opportunity to consider the scope and significance of Charlesworth’s work.
Image: Sarah Charlesworth, Camera Work, 2009, two chromogenic prints, each mounted and laminated, with lacquer frames; Estate of Sarah Charlesworth; courtesy Maccarone, New York.