John Beeson

 Installationansicht »Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years« Artists Space, New York, 2012.  Foto: Daniel Pérez

Installation view, »Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years«, Artists Space, New York 
Photo: Daniel Pérez

A sprawling, multi-panel chronology of Bernadette Corporation’s history included in their current retrospective at Artists Space pinpoints their formation in SoHo in 1993 as the initiative of one »Bernadette« and some others active in the neighborhood club culture.

 Sam Pulitzer »Nine Scarlet Eclipses for ›Them‹«, 2013 Installationsansicht, Lars Friedrich, Berlin Courtesy der Künstler und Lars Friedrich, Berlin. Foto: Simon Vogel

Sam Pulitzer »Nine Scarlet Eclipses for ›Them‹«, 2013
Installationsansicht, Lars Friedrich, Berlin
Courtesy der Künstler und Lars Friedrich, Berlin. Foto: Simon Vogel

Enough with end of the year best/worst rankings once again. There will always be more art than we can digest, shortening our attention spans, and causing our opinions to soften, broaden, become more compromising. The critic of exuberant homages and vitriolic damnings fades into the shadows, and who appears in their place? Not an apathetic voice, but a conflicted voice. Deconstructed and self-conscious yet loud and clear, and firmly present. Six curators and critics were invited to recall an exhibition that neither seduced nor repelled them but left them with an ambiguous verdict.