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The Whitney Biennial 2004This article was published by DC based magazine, Intellectos, in August 2004.
The Whitney Biennial
Reinventing our vision and culture of the apocalypse
Betty T. Kaos
With the stranger than fiction headlines of the current newspapers, it
is very easy to believe that we are living in the apocalypse. Today's
world is fraught with disaster, strife, conflict, greed, the breakdown
of democracy, unjust corruption of government, and all means of chaos
that even the most banal person could not fully ignore. The civil
unrest of our social climate will indeed affect the most creative of
people, the restless souls of the artists. Many of the contemporary
artists in this exhibit reflect their social awareness in
anthropological terms, whereas several other artists reflect back to a
more meditative state of being. When America is glaring with code
orange and security checkpoints searches people at all landmark
locations, a slow but mass hysteria grows, and we want to turn back to
our cave to find ou
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