Jerry Saltz: Grabner brings Biennial's "Visual and Material High Point"
Influential critic Jerry Saltz praises co-curator and faculty member Michelle Grabner (Painting and Drawing) in his review of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, published by Vulture on March 5. “If you want to get the most out of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, start on the fourth floor and spend most of your time there,” Saltz advises. “This portion of the exhibition—there are three, each with its own curator—was organized by the Chicago artist-gallerist Michelle Grabner, and includes the show’s visual and material high point: a central gallery crammed with colorful painting, sculpture, and handmade objects as well as ceramics and textiles.” Saltz also spotlights “prehistoric-like wrecked giant ceramic ashtray-objects” by SAIC alumnus Sterling Ruby (BFA 2002). Ruby’s works “are maybe my favorite objects in the show,” he says.