Tony Tasset’s 2014 Whitney Biennial Piece Is a Monument with 392,485 Artists’ Names
For his contribution to the 2014 Whitney Biennial, artist Tony Tasset—best-known for his hyper-realist sculptures—has created a variation on the civic monument devoted to artists that is installed in Hudson River Park in West Chelsea. Irrepressibly colorful and resolutely abstract, Tasset’s “The Artists Monument” looks nothing like your conventional monument. It is 80 feet long and eight feet tall, and made up entirely of bold acrylic panels on which the names of 392,485 artists have been etched.
The artists’ names are organized alphabetically, with the likes of Jackson Pollock and Roy Lichtenstein appearing alongside relatively unknown artists. “I know an artist who has only been in one group exhibition 15 years ago at a university gallery and he’s on the list,” Tasset said in a statement.
Though the 2014 Whitney Biennial doesn’t open to the public until March 7, Tasset’s massive sculpture is already on view in Hudson River Park, just south of the Chelsea Piers.