Artist: Reena Reena Spaulings
installation | Nylon, adhesive letters, aluminum pole, and fittings | 2005

Reena Spaulings is a fictional artist (and art dealer) created under the auspices of the New York gallery Reena Spaulings Fine Art, cofounded by John Kelsey and Emily Sundblad. Spaulings's work— which includes painting, sculpture, performance, and music— is made by a shifting group of collaborators, many of whom are represented by the gallery. By entering the art world in reverse— first forming a gallery, then becoming an artist— Spaulings confronts the problem of how to maintain integrity in an environment that is overwhelmingly under the sway of the market, both financially and creatively. Furthermore, her fictitious status questions the art-star system that operates in conjunction with this market.


Whitney Biennial 2006 | 2006.03.02 - 2006.05.28 | Whitney Museum of American Art (old museum)(New York City, NY, United States)