The Whitney Museum of American Art opens its 2006 biennial on March 2. This edition marks a significant curatorial shift, as Europeans who live and work abroad and Americans who reside overseas will be represented. In an article titled "This Whitney Biennial Will Take in the World" in the November 30 issue of the New York Times, Carol Vogel explores many of the show's highlights, including an emphasis on artist collaboratives.
The biennial's roster also underscores the growing number of artist collaboratives, an increasingly important part of the contemporary landscape. One is the Bernadette Corporation, an international group of young artists formed in 1994 that has created films, albums, magazines and books. (One of its permanent members is John Kelsey, who, not coincidentally, is a co-director, with Emily Sundblad, of the Reena Spaulings gallery.)
The Bernadette Corporation's latest book Reena Spaulings is about a female twenty-something who is discovered while working as a museum guard and becomes a rich international supermodel. The novel's many authors create a story in which New York itself strives to become the ultimate collective experiment in which the only thing shared is the lack of uniqueness. Artforum deemed it “[a] sprawling work of crypto-impressionistic fiction that purposefully elides individual authorship for a sort of rarefied mechanical groupthink.”