David Foster Wallace to Be Featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial,
Haters Gonna Hate

11.15.13 Marina Galperina

The Whitney Museum announced its 2014 Whitney Biennial artist line-up last night. As noted by ArtInfo, there are quite a lot of collectives, including Triple Canopy. Highlights: Independent press Semiotext(e)Computer Chess director Andrew Bujalski and artist Jacolby Satterwhite, whose work terrified/excited me since I first saw it at an Aboveground Animation group show.

There’s a curious inclusion of the work of late writer David Foster Wallace, which I’ve learned from this passive-aggressively dismissive note at the Gallerist — “Uh, hello David Foster Wallace, everyone’s favorite contemporary visual artist, am I right?”

Right, because the Whitney Biennial has never included anyone outside of the “Art World,” like Werner Herzog. Because DFW’s narrative work — especially the Infinite Jest “future” — isn’t so engrossing, important and complex that there’s an entire active cyber culture of interpreters. Because his essay on the Adult Video News awards isn’t a work of art. And there are certainly no installation possibilities with the themes of his work around advertising, addiction and whatever who cares let’s see more of those luxury tchotchkes by celebrity luxury thotchke-makers that populate the majority of all art fairs! And the physical archives of annotated work he left behind after his suicide? Fuck that, am I right?

The Biennial runs from March 7, 2014 to May 25, 2014 and will be the last one at the Whitney Museum’s current location before it moves to the Meatpacking District.