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T+L Reports: Biennial Blitz

The largest Whitney Biennial since 1981 stands a good chance of being the best one since then too. With works by more than 110 artists, mostly American, and more sound, performance, and Internet art than ever before, it not only fills the entire building (stairwells, elevators, and all) but spills- for the first time- into Central Park, with such projects as Kiki Smith's group of bronze Sirens and Harpies and Roxy Paine's shiny 50-foot metal tree. Chief curator Lawrence Rinder says the show didn't start out with a specific theme, but ended up with three: "beings, spaces, and tribes." Art for a new age, indeed (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; March 7- May 26). • The fruits of the urban jungle- dark and sweet- are the subject of two other biennials. "Metropolitan Iconographies," the 25th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil, presents 150 artists from 11 major cities- and a mythical 12th whose "residents" live and work in various locations (Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo; March 23- June 2). South Korea's Fourth Gwangju Biennial features a host of stars- new and old- whose works are shown in exhibition halls and on railroad tracks (www.gwangju-biennale.org; March 29- June 29)

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