Looking Back / The 6th White Columns Annual – Selected by Ken Okiishi and Nick Mauss

December 10, 2011–February 18, 2012
Michaela Eichwald
Pofalla (willst Du mir jetzt komplett den Garaus machen?)
Michaela Eichwald
Pofalla (willst Du mir jetzt komplett den Garaus machen?)
Anicka Yi
Convox Dialer Double Distance Of A Shining Path
Anicka Yi
Convox Dialer Double Distance Of A Shining Path
Amy Yao
YYSL (Kitchen) no. 2
Amy Yao
YYSL (Kitchen) no. 2
Carissa Rodriguez
Secrétaire 006: But can you type, Mrs. Clinton?
Carissa Rodriguez
Secrétaire 006: But can you type, Mrs. Clinton?
Cosima Von Bonin
The Bonin/Oswald Empires Nothing #4 (The New York Version with Blue Feet)
Cosima Von Bonin
The Bonin/Oswald Empires Nothing #4 (The New York Version with Blue Feet)
Adrian Piper
I Am Somebody, The Body of My Friends #1-18
Adrian Piper
I Am Somebody, The Body of My Friends #1-18
Adrian Piper
I Am Somebody, The Body of My Friends #1-18
Adrian Piper
I Am Somebody, The Body of My Friends #1-18
Adrian Piper
This Is Not the Documentation Of A Performance
Adrian Piper
This Is Not the Documentation Of A Performance
Joan Mitchell
Untitled
Joan Mitchell
Untitled
Siobhan Meow
Pussy Willow
Siobhan Meow
Pussy Willow
Amy Lien
Crying: Reproductive Heteronormativity is the Broadest Global Institution
Amy Lien
Crying: Reproductive Heteronormativity is the Broadest Global Institution
Sherrie Levine
Small Cradle
Sherrie Levine
Small Cradle
Margaret Lee
Collaborative Photographs
Margaret Lee
Collaborative Photographs
Louise Lawler
Birdcalls
Louise Lawler
Birdcalls
E'wao Kagoshima
Overtime
E'wao Kagoshima
Overtime
Alex Kwartler
Wheel
Alex Kwartler
Wheel
Josie Collins
Untitled (Party Hat)
Josie Collins
Untitled (Party Hat)
Loretta Fahrenholz / Grand Openings
Grand Openings Return of the Blogs
Loretta Fahrenholz / Grand Openings
Grand Openings Return of the Blogs
Michaela Eichwald
Alone Like a Tree, Together Like a Bunch of Flowers (Einzeln die ein Baum Gemeinsam wie Ein Blumenstrauss) No future
Michaela Eichwald
Alone Like a Tree, Together Like a Bunch of Flowers (Einzeln die ein Baum Gemeinsam wie Ein Blumenstrauss) No future
Thomas Eggerer
Downward (Dark Triangle)
Thomas Eggerer
Downward (Dark Triangle)
Chloe Dzubilo
3 Gramercy
Chloe Dzubilo
3 Gramercy
Chloe Dzubilo
If more news...
Chloe Dzubilo
If more news...
Chloe Dzubilo
Big Ol' Tranny Shoe
Chloe Dzubilo
Big Ol' Tranny Shoe
Chloe Dzubilo
Ain't Nothin like Knowin...
Chloe Dzubilo
Ain't Nothin like Knowin...
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
Donna Collins
A Passing Thought
Donna Collins
A Passing Thought
Donna Collins
All Together Now
Donna Collins
All Together Now
Bulletin Board:
Mary Cassatt
In the Omnibus
Fernand Léger
Informational Handout from Brasserie
Chloe Dzubilo
There is a Transolution
Bulletin Board:

Mary Cassatt
In the Omnibus

Fernand Léger
Informational Handout from Brasserie

Chloe Dzubilo
There is a Transolution
Sid Branch
10 Year Anniversary
Sid Branch
10 Year Anniversary
Fia Backström
Hours Ago
Fia Backström
Hours Ago
Miwako Arakawa
Untitled
Miwako Arakawa
Untitled
Alvin Baltrop
Untitled
Alvin Baltrop
Untitled
Antoine Catala
HDDH
Antoine Catala
HDDH
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view of The Optimists
Installation view of The Optimists
Installation view
Installation view

Participating artists include:
MIWAKO ARAKAWA
FIA BACKSTRÖM
ALVIN BALTROP
SID BRANCH
MARY CASSATT
ANTOINE CATALA
DONNA COLLINS
JOSIE COLLINS
CHLOE DZUBILO
THOMAS EGGERER
MICHAELA EICHWALD
LORETTA FAHRENHOLZ
T DE LONG
JEAN GENET
GRAND OPENINGS
PIERRE GUYOTAT (LIVE)
E’WAO KAGOSHIMA
ALEX KWARTLER
MARIA LASSNIG
LOUISE LAWLER
MARGARET LEE with MICHELE ABELES / ALISA BAREMBOYM / ANTOINE CATALA / GREGORY EDWARDS / DEBO EILERS / JOSH KLINE / ANDREI KOSCHMIEDER / AJAY KURIAN / AMY LIEN / JARED MADERE / K. MUSTERMANN / ANICKA YI
FERNAND LÉGER
SHERRIE LEVINE
AMY LIEN
SIOBHAN MEOW
JOAN MITCHELL
ADRIAN PIPER
CARISSA RODRIGUEZ
EMILY SUNDBLAD
NICOLA TYSON
COSIMA VON BONIN
AMY YAO / MICHELE ABELES / DAVID BENJAMIN SHERRY / CARISSA RODRIGUEZ / LISA JO
ANICKA YI

‘Looking Back’ is the sixth installment of the White Columns Annual. The exhibition is now an annual fixture on White Columns’ calendar. Each year, an individual or a collaborative team (e.g. an artist, a curator, a writer, etc.) is invited to make an exhibition at White Columns based on their personal experience of looking at art in New York in the previous year. For the sixth ‘Annual’ exhibition, White Columns has invited the New York-based artists Ken Okiishi and Nick Mauss to make the selection.

In a very straightforward sense, the ‘Annual’ exhibition hopes to reveal something of the complexities involved in trying to negotiate – and engage with – New York’s constantly shifting cultural landscape. The format of the exhibition inevitably encourages highly subjective and deeply personal responses to the realities of viewing art in New York. The ‘Annual’ exhibition series hopes to illuminate aspects of the specific, yet highly idiosyncratic routes – geographical, intellectual, historical, social, etc. – that individuals follow in an increasingly expansive and fragmented cultural environment.
Through the re-contextualization of artworks encountered in other circumstances and contexts, the exhibition hopes to establish – albeit temporarily – a new ‘narrative’, a conversation, of sorts, amongst artists and artworks, that seeks to illuminate and/or explore certain underlying tendencies, conditions, or connections that perhaps might otherwise have remained elusive or obscured. In re-thinking the (fairly) recent past the exhibition hopes to provoke something akin to a sense of deja-vu, establishing a scenario that is at once both reflective and forward thinking.

There are no restrictions as to what type of work can be included. ‘Looking Back’ seeks to eliminate any categorical or hierarchical distinctions we might place upon artworks (e.g. based upon the circumstances in which they were originally seen, or the seniority of an individual artist, etc.) These works might have been originally encountered in exhibitions at institutions, galleries, and not-for-profit spaces, or at performances, readings, during visits to artists’ studios, or online, etc.

Selected Press for previous installments of the ‘White Columns Annual’

Writing in The New York Times in 2006 about the inaugural installment of the ‘White Columns Annual’ critic Holland Cotter said:

“The White Columns Annual does … what the Whitney Biennial used to do: it reconsiders a slice of art’s immediate past. … The idea is welcome affording a chance to linger over art that was seen earlier only in rushed visits, missed entirely or enthusiastically remembered. Maybe “White Columns Annual Pick” will have comparable cachet [to the Whitney Biennial] not so long from now.”

Karen Rosenberg, writing in The New York Times, wrote: “The art world acquired a welcome new tradition when Matthew Higgs inaugurated the White Columns Annual.”

Reviewing curator Bob Nickas’ ‘Annual’ in 2010 Holland Cotter wrote: “One of the things that makes the White Columns annuals so valuable is that they often include artists … who are unlikely to find their way into mainstream institutions. A second, equally important function that “Looking Back” serves, or should serve, is to provide a view of contemporary art that is not entirely determined by art-industry consensus – meaning the market – but rather is seen through a single informed, idiosyncratic, even resistant sensibility.”

Previous Curators for the White Columns Annual

The inaugural ‘Annual’ exhibition in 2006 was selected by White Columns’ Director & Chief Curator Matthew Higgs; the second in 2007 was selected by curator Clarissa Dalrymple; the third in 2008 was selected by curator and writer Jay Sanders (who will co-curate the 2012 Whitney Biennial); the fourth in 2009 was selected by Miriam Katz and James Hoff of Primary Information; and the fifth in 2010 by curator and writer Bob Nickas.

For further information about the exhibition please contact the gallery on (212) 924 4212 or at info@whitecolumns.org.

Please Note: White Columns will be closed between December 21, 2011 and January 3, 2012 for the holidays.

Michaela Eichwald
Pofalla (willst Du mir jetzt komplett den Garaus machen?)
Anicka Yi
Convox Dialer Double Distance Of A Shining Path
Amy Yao
YYSL (Kitchen) no. 2
Carissa Rodriguez
Secrétaire 006: But can you type, Mrs. Clinton?
Cosima Von Bonin
The Bonin/Oswald Empires Nothing #4 (The New York Version with Blue Feet)
Adrian Piper
I Am Somebody, The Body of My Friends #1-18
Adrian Piper
I Am Somebody, The Body of My Friends #1-18
Adrian Piper
This Is Not the Documentation Of A Performance
Joan Mitchell
Untitled
Siobhan Meow
Pussy Willow
Amy Lien
Crying: Reproductive Heteronormativity is the Broadest Global Institution
Sherrie Levine
Small Cradle
Margaret Lee
Collaborative Photographs
Louise Lawler
Birdcalls
E'wao Kagoshima
Overtime
Alex Kwartler
Wheel
Josie Collins
Untitled (Party Hat)
Loretta Fahrenholz / Grand Openings
Grand Openings Return of the Blogs
Michaela Eichwald
Alone Like a Tree, Together Like a Bunch of Flowers (Einzeln die ein Baum Gemeinsam wie Ein Blumenstrauss) No future
Thomas Eggerer
Downward (Dark Triangle)
Chloe Dzubilo
3 Gramercy
Chloe Dzubilo
If more news...
Chloe Dzubilo
Big Ol' Tranny Shoe
Chloe Dzubilo
Ain't Nothin like Knowin...
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
Donna Collins
A Passing Thought
Donna Collins
All Together Now
Bulletin Board:
Mary Cassatt
In the Omnibus
Fernand Léger
Informational Handout from Brasserie
Chloe Dzubilo
There is a Transolution
Sid Branch
10 Year Anniversary
Fia Backström
Hours Ago
Miwako Arakawa
Untitled
Alvin Baltrop
Untitled
Antoine Catala
HDDH
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view of The Optimists
Installation view
Michaela Eichwald
Pofalla (willst Du mir jetzt komplett den Garaus machen?)
Anicka Yi
Convox Dialer Double Distance Of A Shining Path
Amy Yao
YYSL (Kitchen) no. 2
Carissa Rodriguez
Secrétaire 006: But can you type, Mrs. Clinton?
Cosima Von Bonin
The Bonin/Oswald Empires Nothing #4 (The New York Version with Blue Feet)
Adrian Piper
I Am Somebody, The Body of My Friends #1-18
Adrian Piper
I Am Somebody, The Body of My Friends #1-18
Adrian Piper
This Is Not the Documentation Of A Performance
Joan Mitchell
Untitled
Siobhan Meow
Pussy Willow
Amy Lien
Crying: Reproductive Heteronormativity is the Broadest Global Institution
Sherrie Levine
Small Cradle
Margaret Lee
Collaborative Photographs
Louise Lawler
Birdcalls
E'wao Kagoshima
Overtime
Alex Kwartler
Wheel
Josie Collins
Untitled (Party Hat)
Loretta Fahrenholz / Grand Openings
Grand Openings Return of the Blogs
Michaela Eichwald
Alone Like a Tree, Together Like a Bunch of Flowers (Einzeln die ein Baum Gemeinsam wie Ein Blumenstrauss) No future
Thomas Eggerer
Downward (Dark Triangle)
Chloe Dzubilo
3 Gramercy
Chloe Dzubilo
If more news...
Chloe Dzubilo
Big Ol' Tranny Shoe
Chloe Dzubilo
Ain't Nothin like Knowin...
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
T De Long
Untitled N.D.
Donna Collins
A Passing Thought
Donna Collins
All Together Now
Bulletin Board:

Mary Cassatt
In the Omnibus

Fernand Léger
Informational Handout from Brasserie

Chloe Dzubilo
There is a Transolution
Sid Branch
10 Year Anniversary
Fia Backström
Hours Ago
Miwako Arakawa
Untitled
Alvin Baltrop
Untitled
Antoine Catala
HDDH
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view of The Optimists
Installation view