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Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years
Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years is the first monograph on the work of Bernadette Corporation, the New York–based collective founded in the early 1990s. The book extends from their retrospective exhibition of the same name held at Artists Space in 2012, constituting a further site to reframe the Corporation's activities and identity of the past 20 years. The book is structured chronologically, loosely following the year-by-year timeline of the group's history that also formed the backbone of their Artists Space exhibition. The publication gathers a vast array of visual and textual material. It includes the Bernadette Corporation's operations within the realm of fashion; their interventions into the magazine culture of the 1990s, as well as the group's own short-lived periodical, Made in USA; the fragmented output of Pedestrian Cinema during the group's Berlin years; and the fusion of poetics, branding and meta-commentary within their gallery shows of the 2000s.
Featured image is reproduced from Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years.
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A survey of the impact that a New York-based organization whose purpose has remained intentionally nebulous (publishing and filmmaking are among its projects) has had on visual culture.
STATUS: Out of stock indefinitely.
FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/20/2014
In Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years, Caroline Busta writes, "Now almost twenty-one, BC has taken on a variety of identities available to the creative class—filmmaker, fashion designer, novelist, gallery artist, anarchist, among others—paralleling the corporatization of the arts-and-culture sector (and the concomitant lifestylification of corporate culture) that has expanded in step with the group’s own development. 'We call ourselves a corporation because corporations are everywhere, and it impresses people... pretending we are business people while we sleep all day like cats,' reads a BC statement from 1999. Yet incorporating as a cultural-sector business was more than an anti-neoliberal gesture (though it was that too). It was perhaps foremost a strategy for pooling resources—computers, printers, fax machines, a thousand square feet on the Bowery—as well as for aggregating creative capital under a single logo." Featured image is reproduced from the book, which released last week. continue to blog
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USD $39.95 | CAN $53.95
Pub Date: 4/30/2011
Active | Out of stock