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The Year in Art


A still from Pierre Huyghe's A Journey That Wasn't, 2005.  

5. Pierre Huyghe, A Journey That Wasn’t, at the Whitney Biennial 2006
The only artist in this year’s Whitney Biennial to truly flesh out the show’s Day for Night concept (a dystopian, artifice-laced riff on François Truffaut’s La Nuit Américaine), Huyghe made an enchanting pseudo-documentary about a search for a rare species of albino penguin, cutting from Antarctic ice floes to a rainy nightscape of Central Park. (New Yorkers, through the Public Art Fund, were invited to appear on set.) The resulting video installation conveyed a familiar yet surreal landscape: Wollman Rink haunted by the specter of global warming.


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