Bettina's Take: Whitney Biennial 2012 Opening

The Whitney Museum's Biennial is always a highly anticipated event. Last night's opening was packed with collectors, connoisseurs and art lovers. Whitney Museum Director Adam Weinberg was the perfect host, excitedly greeting the likes of Andrew Andrew, Brooke Neidich, and Chuck Close.

The Museum's five floors are packed with painting, sculpture, photography, theater, video and performance art. Elaine Reichek has several works embroidered on canvas in the show, executed by using sophisticated digital machinery. There are paintings by Jutta Koether, Nicole Eisenman and Andrew Masullo, and sculptures by Vincent Fecteau and Matt Hoyt. Other participants include playwright and theater director Richard Maxwell, musicians Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, as well as the rock band The Red Krayola, choreographers Michael Clark and Sarah Michelson, photographers LaToya Ruby Frazier and Liz Deschenes, and many more.

"This is one of my favorite biennials in a while," said Bettina Prentice of Prentice Art Communications. "The dance and performative elements were really refreshing and there was a whole room by Tom Thayer that I wanted to install in my apartment. As I said to Brooke Neidich and Adam Weinberg on my way home—I will be back at least a half a dozen times joyfully to see it all. Bravo to the Whitney and the curators!"

Photos: Andrew Andrew with Brooke Garber Neidich (top left);  an atmosphere shot (bottom center)