America is hard to see


America is Hard to See: Distracting Distance, Chapter 16, 2010, by R. H. Quaytman; screen print and gesso on wood, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchased with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee, 2010; © R. H. Quaytman

Exhibition, Whitney Museum, New York, USA, until 27 September
Upon opening its new Renzo Piano-designed home in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on the first of May this year, the first exhibition on view at the Whitney is an unprecedented selection of works from the museum’s renowned permanent collection. Setting forth a distinctly new narrative, it reflects on art in the United States with approximately 650 works by some 400 artists, spanning the period from circa 1900 to the present. Examined here are the themes, ideas, beliefs, visions, and passions that have preoccupied and galvanised American artists