Nicole Eisenman, Procession, 2019, in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York.


The 2019 edition of the Whitney Biennial opened to press this morning, with work on offer from 75 artists. While there was no work that seems likely to generate the controversy of 2017’s now-infamous Dana Schutz painting, the show arrives amid protests concerning the museum’s vice chair, Warren B. Kanders, who leads a company that produces tear gas canisters that have been used against asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico Border. One work, a newly commissioned piece by Forensic Architecture directly addresses the issue, but overall the works are perhaps tamer than one might expect for 2019. Below, a look at some of the highlights from the show.