A WHITNEY FOR THE WHITNEY AT PHILIP MORRIS (ALTRIA), 2003


A painted installation for the Whitney Museum’s exhibition space in the lobby of Philip Morris (renamed Altria during the course of the exhibition). The viewer steps through a gold frame bearing the Whitney logo into a painting of the museum’s collection as represented in its 2001 catalog “American Visionaries.” The room consists of twenty 4ft x 10ft plywood panels onto which all the images in the catalog were painted freehand in oils. The copies are twice the size of the catalog images. They are arranged alphabetically as in the catalog and are numbered to correspond to the battered reconstituted catalog which is displayed on the bench in the center of the room. The seven most recent purchases of the museum since the publication of the catalog were displayed behind the walls and were visible through small shadowboxed openings in the walls. The recent acquisitions were of works by Hirsch Perlman, Luis Gispert, Paul Pfeiffer, Paul McCarthy, Robert Lazzarini, Jim Shaw and Jim Campbell.

       
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