From Artforum: “The Whitney Biennial, widely considered the United States’ premier survey of contemporary art, has been postponed by a year due to the pandemic. Instead of next spring, the edition will now take place from April 2022 to August of that year, the Whitney Museum announced on Thursday.
The museum, which reopened on September 3, plans to prioritize exhibitions delayed due to the pandemic, such as Salman Toor’s first solo exhibition (opening November 13), a midcareer survey for Julie Mehretu, an exhibition featuring the Kamoinge Workshop (opening November 21), and a highly anticipated Jasper Johns retrospective (pushed from September 2020 to September 2021).
Like most New York art institutions, the Whitney headed into a monthslong closure this March in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which has completely upended the international art calendar; Italy’s Venice Biennale, France’s Biennale de Lyon, and Cleveland’s Front International Triennial have all rescheduled their in-person events from 2021 to 2022. The virus has also drastically altered artists’ routines and resources. “We wanted to make sure artists had the space and time they needed to do their best work,” Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney’s senior deputy director and chief curator, told the New York Times.”