Los Angeles artists to represent at 2010 Whitney Biennial

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Score one for the home team, including a local comic artist.

Twelve Los Angeles-based artists have been chosen to participate in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, it was announced today.


The art show, which is considered by some to be the most prestigious in the U.S., is scheduled to run Feb. 25 through May 30 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, located in New York’s Upper East Side neighborhood.

This year’s list contains 55 artists ranging in age from 23 to 75. The crop of honorees represents a decline in number from previous years. There were 81 artists in 2008 and 100 in 2006, according to a report in Art Forum.

Among the L.A. artists who will participate are such recognizable names as Martin Kersels, Michael Asher, Pae White and Charles Ray. Also included are such young up-and-comers as Hannah Greely, Jesse Aron Green and Lesley Vance.

One of the standout names on this year’s list is Chatsworth-based artist Robert Williams, who is best known for his underground creations for Zap Comics and other publications..

‘I guess I’m overwhelmed and I’m herniated with humble gratitude,’ said Williams in a phone interview this morning. He said that for the biennial, he will exhibit six new watercolors that are in the cartoonist vein of his past work. (Williams’ next local show will open in February at Cal State Northridge.)

Williams said he was surprised to be chosen for the biennial because of the often controversial nature of his work, which includes depictions of violence and naked women.

The 2010 edition of the Whitney Biennial will not have a theme as in previous years, according to reports. Furthermore, each artist will be limited to one work or series.

Here is the complete list of L.A.-based artists selected for the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

Michael Asher Born 1943 in Los Angeles; lives in Los Angeles

Hannah Greely Born 1979 in Los Angeles; lives in Los Angeles

Jesse Aron Green Born 1979 in Boston; lives in Boston and Los Angeles

Thomas Houseago Born 1972 in Leeds, England; lives in Los Angeles

Martin Kersels Born 1960 in Los Angeles; lives in Los Angeles

Kelly Nipper Born 1971 in Edina, Minn.; lives in Los Angeles

Charles Ray Born 1953 in Chicago; lives in Los Angeles

Kerry Tribe Born 1973 in Boston; lives in Los Angeles and Berlin

Lesley Vance Born 1977 in Milwaukee; lives in Los Angeles

Erika Vogt
Born 1973 in East Newark, N.J.; lives in Los Angeles

Pae White Born 1963 in Pasadena; lives in Los Angeles

Robert Williams Born 1943 in Albuquerque, N.M.; lives in Chatsworth

-- David Ng

[Corrected at 3:14 p.m.: A previous version of this post described the Whitney Biennial as an annual event. It is held every two years.]

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