AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE of caustic yet playful teasing of the contemporary art apparatus, Reena Spaulings has been granted a retrospectivesort of. To offer some historical background for the uninitiated: In 2003, writer John Kelsey and artist Emily Sundblad opened Reena Spaulings, a gallery on New York’s Lower East Side, which has since launched the careers of many influential artists. In 2004, artworks made by Kelsey and Sundblad under the moniker “Reena Spaulings” began appearing in group shows. Audiences then learned a great deal about Reenaas both artist and gallery are usually knownthrough the book Reena Spaulings (2005). Though officially authored by Bernadette Corporationan already mythic ’90s art/fashion collective of which Kelsey is a memberthe narrative was infamously written by 150 individuals in B.C.’s circle. From time to time, other
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