The 2012 Whitney Biennial opens on Thursday. The Arts and Labor group of the Occupy Wall Street movement has published a letter demanding an end to the biannual survey show in 2014. The group objects to the revered exhibition because “it upholds a system that benefits collectors, trustees, and corporations at the expense of art workers.”
Dear Whitney Museum of American Art,
We are Arts & Labor, a working group founded in conjunction with the New York General Assembly for #occupywallstreet. We are artists and interns, writers and educators, art handlers and designers, administrators, curators, assistants, and students dedicated to exposing and rectifying economic inequalities and exploitative working conditions in our fields through direct action and educational initiatives. We are writing to call for an end to the Whitney Biennial in 2014.
Read the letter in full here
What is behind the protest? One of the Whitney Biennial sponsors, a major auction house, has locked out art handlers who also lost their health care benefits while raking in hundreds of millions! The Whitney wrote and published an apology–read it here.
Whether you are concerned or consider yourself *political* or not, the art world is changing and it could be a good idea to keep abreast of changes.