Etel Adnan in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, March 7 - May 25, 2014
Congratulations to ETEL ADNAN
for her inclusion in the 2014 Whitney Biennial
March 7 - May 25, 2014
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Ave at 75th St
New York, NY 10021
Callicoon Fine Arts is pleased to announce Etel Adnan’s participation in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, curated by Anthony Elms, Stuart Comer, and Michelle Grabner. Etel Adnan is an artist and author. She left Beirut at the end of 1949 for Paris, then came to the U.S. in 1955 and studied philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, settling in the Bay Area. The key components of her work include drawings, tapestries, and oil paintings on canvas. In 2012 dOCUMENTA (13) devoted a large gallery to her work. That year she also exhibited at Callicoon Fine Arts, her first exhibition in New York. Her second exhibition at the gallery will coincide with the Whitney Biennial and will also celebrate the publication by Nightboat Books of To look at the sea is to become what one is: An Etel Adnan Reader. This landmark two-volume edition follows Adnan's work from the infernal elegies of the 1960s to the ethereal meditations of her later poems, to form a portrait of an extraordinarily impassioned and prescient life. Ranging between essay, fiction, poetry, memoir, feminist manifesto, and philosophical treatise, while often challenging the conventions of genre, Adnan's works give voice to the violence and revelation of the last six decades as it has centered, in part, within the geopolitics of the Arab world, and in particular the author's native Beirut.