Whitney Biennial: Painting Strategies

Richard Hawkins, Salome Painting: Smoke Smoke, 2012, oil on canvas, 32 1/2 x 39
Richard Hawkins, Salome Painting: Smoke Smoke, 2012, oil on canvas, 32 1/2 x 39 inches (courtesy Greene Naftali, New York & Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles)

Sharon Butler examines the paintings and painting strategies on view at the 2012 Whitney Biennial.

Butler writes that "the 2012 Biennial has adopted a modest DIY aesthetic that you might see at an artist-run gallery in, say, Bushwick. Overall, I liked the human scale of the objects, the emphasis on the handmade (as opposed to professionally fabricated), and the way painting infused several conceptually driven installations."