The fundraiser is a way for the fair to further its mission of supporting emerging artists, and to give back to White Columns and Higgs, who has served as both Director of White Columns and a curatorial advisor with Independent.
Independent has spent the last decade working to upend the traditional fair model in spirit and in practice by doing things like eliminating aisles between booth presentations, changing 30 percent of the exhibitors each year, and developing curatorial projects with galleries instead of relying on tedious applications.
We sit down with New Yorker Elizabeth Dee and Parisian Laura Mitterrand, both co-founders of the fair, to talk early beginnings in New York and why Brussels was next in line.
"Independent is all about cutting-edge art, hip galleries, in-crowd schmoozing, and intense looking. I go there first."
As consolidation and hyper-capitalization in the global gallery system reaches unprecedented extremes, many of us in the business find ourselves wondering, what’s next for galleries?
A kind of collaboration with local singers, the performance centered around an instrument of Beer’s own invention: two mouths clasped together to form one booming, nasal conch.
En abandonnant le printemps pour l’automne, Independent affirme ses choix et propose une autre manière de concevoir une foire d’art avec performances, rencontres, visites guidées par des conservateurs de musée
New York’s Independent Art Fair is making another return to bustling Brussels for a weekend of radical art overseen by guest curator Vincent Honoré.
Le modèle de la foire XXe siècle est dépassé et doit évoluer : il peut être irrigué par la performance de manière provocatrice
La foire d’art contemporain ouvre ses portes aujourd’hui dans un nouveau calendrier. Elle renforce son offre non commerciale.
With the opening of Independent Brussels this week—the fair that aims to lie “somewhere between a collective exhibition and a reexamination of the art fair mode”—Emily Gosling selects some of the highlights from the sixty galleries and arts spaces which are taking part.
Under the curatorial leadership of Vincent Honoré, Independent Brussels 2018 will reframe the art fair model into a performative festival welcoming live art, installations, curated displays, music, and discussions, resulting in an arena for experimentation, unexpected interactions and collective thinking.
Elizabeth Dee and Vincent Honoré on Independent Brussels 2018 breaking the art fair mould with performance
Independent Brussels 2018 is the first in its new form as an art fair and performance festival, where experiences and experiments take precedence over existing, traditional formulas.
Independent is een jaarlijkse beurs voor hedendaagse kunst die in 2009 in New York werd opgericht en sinds 2016 ook in Brussel plaatsvindt.
In the space of two days last month, Art Basel and Frieze announced they would be introducing new sliding-scale price models for booths, starting at Art Basel’s original fair in Switzerland and at the new Frieze Los Angeles.
La fiera, giunta alla sua terza edizione, quest’anno presenta un programma dedicato alla performance, con iniziative che rivisitano la rassegna dal punto di vista concettuale e anche logistico. Ecco tutte le novità
Brussel kent gigantisch veel interessante culturele aangelegenheden, zeker als het op kunst aankomt. Onze persoonlijke favoriet onder de expo’s is Independent Art Fair.
Under the curatorial leadership of Vincent Honoré, Independent Brussels 2018 will reframe the art fair model into a performative festival.
“The Indy (Independent Fair) was the closest experience to sleeping in my room at the Gramercy first year.”
If any artist calls out Trump media bias, it’s Brooklyn artist Cynthia Daignault, who shows a series of 15 portraits of the president from American newspaper front pages,... on view at Independent.
In a refreshing reprieve from the every-man-for-himself attitude found at other art fairs, Independent offers a collaborative environment “more akin to a massive gallery”.
Today, we met with Leibowitz at Independent to hear more about the works on view.
At roughly one-third the size of its waterside counterpart, [Independent] is your best bet for keeping burnout at bay.
The tightly curated affair offered much to see. A look around the fair, which runs until Sunday, March 11.
After a snowy start to Armory Week, Independent New York, a fair on the cusp of its first decade, felt like a breath of fresh air.
From pie graphs to itty-bitty handball courts, here are our highlights from the Tribeca-based fair.
"Outsider" artists hold their own against more established contemporary names and inspire buyers in search of authenticity and quirk
[Independent] feels more like a journey of discovery through a contemporary art gallery than a neon-lit, overhung, and über-merchandized buying bonanza.
The formally ambitious but modestly scaled Independent is a godsend. With just 54 exhibits, many of them solo presentations, ... it’s like a leisurely all-star game.
Nearly a decade in, Independent’s mission has calcified: to allow blue-chip dealers to co-exist next to small, emerging galleries, and to allow established artists to have work a few steps over from the new vanguard.
It sometimes feels like it was only yesterday that the Independent art fair made its debut appearance at the old Dia building in West Chelsea in New York, as a more modestly scaled and tightly edited alternative to the city’s other fairs.
The innovative New York art fair's Founding Curatorial Advisor selects a half dozen favorites from this year's edition.
At the helm of spring's leading art fairs– Independent, The Armory Show, and NADA New York– are three formidable women. Antwaun Sargent checks in with the directors for a preview.
The hosts are joined by Independent's founding curatorial advisor Matthew Higgs.
"Gallerists are in daily conversation with artists, and are the beating heart of the art-world ecosystem."
For its third edition, Independent Brussels is jumping ahead from its usual springtime slot alongside Art Brussels and setting out on its own.
Créant l’événement à l’automne 2018, la manifestation bruxelloise innove.
Living up to the fair’s name, Dee has decided to move its third edition away from being a satellite of the Art Brussels contemporary art fair in April and instead let it stand on its own two feet in November.
Independent has announced that Vincent Honoré, the recently appointed senior curator at the Hayward Gallery in London, will serve as guest curator of a special edition of Independent Brussels.
“Vincent brings a strong vision and track record of exhibitions that go beyond the traditional brick-and-mortar format. We’re looking forward to delivering a truly unique context for future art experiences.”
Contemporary curator Vincent Honoré has taken on the role of guest curator at the Independent Brussels art fair (April 19-22, 2018). A focus on performance art, which is one of Honoré’s specialities, can be expected.
Half of the dealers are planning to show all-women booths.
If you’re expecting Frieze or Art Basel, Independent Brussels will surprise you. The European edition of the New York fair co-founded by gallerist Elizabeth Dee is in its second year, and touts a different philosophy: quality over quantity.
Dealers chatted amicably with buyers, curators, collectors and reporters yesterday, in sharp contrast to the speed-dating feel of Art Basel Miami or the Armory. This is the way to do an art fair in New York City, if one must.
Founded by gallerist Elizabeth Dee and curator Darren Flook, and developed in conjunction with creative advisor Matthew Higgs and director Laura Mitterrand, the Independent feels more like a large group exhibition or a biennial than it does an art fair.
With a strong curatorial emphasis, and a policy of continuous rotation among galleries, Independent battles the fatigue of the fair experience by striving for “museum-quality” shows from all of its fifty-one participants.
Whether Brussels is the "New Berlin", your “B-sides” (à la artist Megan Marrin), or a “hellhole” (à la Trump), it’s certainly a destination, especially in the spring, when the de facto capital of Europe draws thousands to its annual Brussels Art Week.
The new offshoot of New York's Independent fair openend in Brussels this week, to considerable applause from exhibitors. "I can't think of a better place to hold a fair,"said the London dealer Maureen Paley.
“It’s like the Guggenheim or Ikea—you are led around and forced to discover things,” says Louis-Philippe Van Eeckhoutte, the director of Brussels-based Office Baroque, one of 72 galleries invited to take part.
Timed to coincide with the established Art Brussels fair, Independent Brussels represents an intriguing new addition to a city known for its strong collector base and influential gallery scene.
Brussels’ community of contemporary art collectors will face a double dose of temptation in the coming week. Wednesday sees the launch of Independent Brussels, a European offshoot of the New York fair that is cited as an alternative to its more traditional corporate counterparts on the circuit.
The New York City art fair grows up and branches out, launching its first European edition.
Laura Mitterrand on the chic "curated" fair's latest moves.
“If we accept that fairs are a necessary evil, then we should at least try to make them more interesting,” says Independent creative advisor Matthew Higgs. “Instead of a trade fair, we’re trying to approximate what artists can do in galleries.”
Whoever the anonymous makers were, regardless of their motivations and compulsions, I saw art driven by inner necessity, elaborate imagination filled with pathos, intensity, something pitiable but incredibly celebratory.
Artist Matthew Higgs has had the privilege of organizing 56 exhibitors for Independent 2014. artnet wanted to know a little about what makes Mr. Higgs tick, and via email in mid-February, he respond- ed to our questions like so:
The art world has different tribes. The crowds at the Armory, ADAA Art Show and Pulse are different because the varying aesthetics and brands on display draw different audiences.
“I’ve signed up,” said London dealer Maureen Paley, who took part in the fair’s debut. “It was a breath of fresh air and brought some real energy to New York.”
Such was the scene just before the opening of Independent, the much-buzzed hybrid non-art-fair art fair that gallerists Elizabeth Dee and Darren Flook organized as a collective-minded alternative to the other bazaars filling New York this Armory Week.
Independent is an art fair with none of the administrative-feeling visual barriers of your typical art fair, and a whole lot more enthusiastic energy.
You might have thought that New York had reached the saturation point in contemporary-art fairs, but no. A new one has just arrived. It’s called Independent. And it is housed, quite attractively, in the old Dia Center for the Arts space in Chelsea, lately home to the utopian X Initiative.