Collective Endeavor

The Bernadette Corporation at Artists Space is the Daily Pic by Blake Gopnik

The Daily Pic: The Bernadette Corporation upended fashion, then moved on to art.

When the Bernadette Corporation first hit it big, in the late 1990s, it was in clothing design, where the collective deliberately mangled all the normal codes of fashion, as per these two images from that era. Since then, BC has pushed into the gallery world – where mangled non-art can seem more interesting than the most inventive remanglings of the fine-art tradition. (BC's first retrospective is now up at Artists Space in New York.) “I like this idea of not thinking about art in the context of art” said Bernadetter John Kelsey, when I spoke to him for the feature I recently did for the Daily Beast.

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