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Legendary Choreographer and Artist Ralph Lemon Wins Whitney Biennial’s $100,000 Bucksbaum Award

Ralph Lemon, an influential choreographer and conceptual artist, received the Whitney Museum’s $100,000 Bucksbaum Award, which matches to 1 artist within the Whitney Biennial each time the present is held.

Lemon is greatest identified for his extremely summary—and infrequently intensely memorable—dances, which have earned him the respect of many artists and a MacArthur “genius” award. But on the Whitney Biennial, which this yr was curated by David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards, he shook issues up by displaying summary works throughout the museum’s galleries.

For one of many biennial’s most idiosyncratic choices, Lemon confirmed what the Whitney described as “hundreds of drawings from over or more than 25 years in five transient variations that unfolded monthly over the course of the exhibition” held to the wall by pushpins. One work even appeared atop its wall textual content throughout the exhibition’s preview.

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Lemon referred to those works as “a mapping akin to an anthropological practice.” He stated he drew on analysis performed in Jamaica, Haiti, Côte d’Ivoire, and elsewhere.

Some noticed the items otherwise. Simon Wu, in his Art in America review of the biennial, wrote of their weird exhibition type, “This is performance studies’ revenge on the museum: the curators’ selections look like they are cosplaying as artworks, embarrassed to be discovered like this, hanging in a museum.”

The works additionally typified the sensibility of the biennial writ giant, which advised an unlikely resurgence of summary portray, whilst a market-driven craze for figuration is in full impact.

According to Whitney, winners of the Bucksbaum Award are named in recognition of their “lasting impact on the history of American art, based on the excellence of their past work, as well as of their present work in the Biennial.”

Scott Rothkopf, chief curator of the Whitney, stated in a press release, “His body of work has shifted paradigms around performance, sculpture, drawing, and more, as well as the distinctions among them—all with rigor, ethics, humor, and heart.”

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