The late composer Robert Ashley (1930–2014) produced some of the most difficult music of the 20th century — and now also of the 21st.
Adam Weinberg, the director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, was candid in his opening day remarks when he commented that the Biennial had in the past been thought of — or was criticized for not being — a representative snapshot of American art.
Robert Ashley, experimental musician and composer, has died at the age of 83, according to the artist’s website. Ashley has long been a force of inspiration in the experimental music community, where he is recognized as a pioneer of electronic and improvised music. Ashley is also included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, which will present three of his operas in April.