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Independent Art Fair Co-founders Elizabeth Dee and Matthew Higgs on a Decade of Measuring Success by a Different Name April 2019

Their curatorial work, which is a year-round process, has lead to the emergence of Independent as a glorious glitch in the art world machine.

Vogue
Vogue
Radical Feminist Artist Renate Bertlmann Exhibits Dildos in Dresses at Her First Solo Show Stateside April 2019

Representing Austria at the Venice Biennale later this year, she debuted her "phallic caricatures" at Independent New York, her first-ever solo exhibition stateside. 

Artsy
Artsy
What Sold During Armory Week March 2019

In its opening hours on Thursday, Independent notched a sale that, even had it occurred at The Armory Show, would have been among the highest recorded.

Hyperallergic
Hyperallergic
The Independent Art Fair Embraces Color and Abstraction March 2019

Works by Franklin Williams, Curtis Talwst Santiago, and Marcus Amm caught my eye for their innovative use of color and diverse materials.

ARTnews
ARTnews
A Look Around the 2019 Independent Art Fair March 2019

The fair, which runs through Sunday at Spring Studios in Tribeca, includes more than 60 galleries, among them Chicago’s Monique Meloche Gallery, Los Angeles’s David Kordansky Gallery, and Air de Paris.

GARAGE
GARAGE
From Contemporary Surrealism to Queer Photography, 6 Highlights of the Independent March 2019

The sort of art fair that critics happily attend even when not contractually obligated to do so.

ARTnews
ARTnews
Techno, Ostrich Eggs, and Icy Winds: Independent Art Fair Gets Off to a Spirited Start March 2019

Action was brisk from the get-go, as patrons made their way across four floors to see booths presented by 64 galleries.

artnet News
artnet News
Art Fairs Best Buys: Eight Artists at Independent to Collect for Under $15,000 (If You’re Lucky and Move Fast) March 2019

Independent has earned a reputation for measured, thoughtful work curated into an environment designed to avoid the suffocating cubicles-and-aisles format we all love to hate.

WhiteWall
WhiteWall
Matthew Higgs on the 10th Edition of Independent March 2019

Ten years on, I think Independent has shown that the idea of a focused and independently-minded platform for art—of all kinds—still resonates.

Cultured
Cultured
Alix Dana on Independent, the Fair that Gets Personal March 2019

In anticipation of the March 7 opening, the fair’s New York Director, Alix Dana, walks us through Independent’s evolution and trajectory.

ARTnews
ARTnews
Well, Aisle Be Damned! On Its 10th Anniversary, the Independent Fair Is Still Going Strong March 2019

Independent is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and founder Elizabeth Dee is as passionate as ever about its nearly open-plan format.

The Canvas
The Canvas
Tea with Elizabeth Dee March 2019

Throughout our conversation, she emphasizes how gallerists can be financially successful while also being innovators and “activists for the future of culture.”

Artnet
Artnet
Your Definitive Guide to New York’s 2019 Armory Show and Its Many Satellite Fairs February 2019

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.

Artforum
Artforum
Independent New York will Donate 2019 Ticket Sales to White Columns February 2019

The fundraising initiative is part of the fair’s celebration of its tenth anniversary.

The Word
The Word
From New York to Brussels: How Independent added a much-needed touch of substance to the local art fair landscape February 2019

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.

New York Magazine
New York Magazine
To Do: February 18-March 3, 2019 February 2019

"Independent is all about cutting-edge art, hip galleries, in-crowd schmoozing, and intense looking. I go there first."

Artnet
Artnet
How Do Dealers Really Feel About the Future of the Art Business? Gallerist Elizabeth Dee Plots the Way Forward February 2019

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?

Cultured
Cultured
Oliver Beer debuts a new instrument at Independent Brussels November 2018

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.

Le Soir
Le Soir
Independent Brussels veut réinventer la foire d’art November 2018

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

Wallpaper
Wallpaper
Independent Brussels 2018: what to see at the Belgian fair November 2018

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.

De Tijd
De Tijd
Kunst tussen galerie en podium November 2018
Le Quotidien de l'Art
Le Quotidien de l'Art
Independent s’engage dans la performance November 2018

Le modèle de la foire XXe siècle est dépassé et doit évoluer : il peut être irrigué par la performance de manière provocatrice

Le Journal des Arts
Le Journal des Arts
Independent Brussels prend un nouveau départ November 2018

La foire d’art contemporain ouvre ses portes aujourd’hui dans un nouveau calendrier. Elle renforce son offre non commerciale.

Elephant
Elephant
Independent Brussels: Breaking Down the Hierarchical Art Fair Model November 2018

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.

Artylife
Artylife
Independent October 2018

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.

The Word
The Word
Curator Talk: “A masterclass in global art gallery practice” October 2018

Elizabeth Dee and Vincent Honoré on Independent Brussels 2018 breaking the art fair mould with performance

Cartoon Productions
Cartoon Productions
Renovated art fair Independent Brussels takes place from 8 to 11 November October 2018

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. 

De Morgen
De Morgen
Independent Brussels - Win duotickets (8 - 11/11) October 2018

Independent is een jaarlijkse beurs voor hedendaagse kunst die in 2009 in New York werd opgericht en sinds 2016 ook in Brussel plaatsvindt. 

The Art Newspaper
The Art Newspaper
Fair’s fair? The murky world of stand costs Research by The Art Newspaper uncovers wide disparity in both fee structures and transparency September 2018

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. 

Artribune
Artribune
Independent Brussels, terza edizione della fiera che quest’anno punta sulla performance September 2018

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

Actief Wonen
Actief Wonen
Independent Art Fair komt terug naar Brussel October 2018

Brussel kent gigantisch veel interessante culturele aangelegenheden, zeker als het op kunst aankomt. Onze persoonlijke favoriet onder de expo’s is Independent Art Fair. 

e-flux
e-flux
Independent Brussels - Oliver Beer headlines new performance program July 2018

Under the curatorial leadership of Vincent Honoré, Independent Brussels 2018 will reframe the art fair model into a performative festival.

artnet
artnet
Has the Great Depression Struck Galleries? Kenny Schachter Ventures Among the Art Hobos at Armory Week March 2018

“The Indy (Independent Fair) was the closest experience to sleeping in my room at the Gramercy first year.” 

The Guardian
The Guardian
Art imitating life: how this year's Armory Show got political March 2018

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.

Elephant
Elephant
Eradicating Traditional Boundaries at Independent New York March 2018

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”.

Whitewall
Whitewall
Cary Leibowitz’s Deadpan Pie Charts at Independent 2018 March 2018

Today, we met with Leibowitz at Independent to hear more about the works on view. 

The New Yorker
The New Yorker
Goings On About Town March 2018

At roughly one-third the size of its waterside counterpart, [Independent] is your best bet for keeping burnout at bay.

ARTNEWS
ARTNEWS
Tour Independent New York 2018 March 2018

The tightly curated affair offered much to see. A look around the fair, which runs until Sunday, March 11.

Cultured
Cultured
7 Booths Not to Miss at Independent New York 2018 March 2018

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. 

artnet
artnet
8 Irresistibly Elegant Booths at the 2018 Independent Art Fair March 2018

From pie graphs to itty-bitty handball courts, here are our highlights from the Tribeca-based fair.

The Art Newspaper
The Art Newspaper
Independent art fair goes its own way and reaps rewards March 2018

"Outsider" artists hold their own against more established contemporary names and inspire buyers in search of authenticity and quirk

Vogue
Vogue
Staying in New York City This Weekend? There’s Plenty of Art to See (and Buy) March 2018

[Independent] feels more like a journey of discovery through a contemporary art gallery than a neon-lit, overhung, and über-merchandized buying bonanza.

The New York Times
The New York Times
The Don’t-Misses at Independent and NADA March 2018

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.

Artsy
Artsy
At Independent Art Fair Opening, Emerging and Established Artists Share the Stage March 2018

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.

ARTNEWS
ARTNEWS
And Now, the Independent Fair! Rising Stars, Undersung Artists, and Royalty Alight in Tribeca March 2018

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.

GARAGE
GARAGE
6 Must-See Galleries at the Independent Fair March 2018

The innovative New York art fair's Founding Curatorial Advisor selects a half dozen favorites from this year's edition.

Cultured
Cultured
Fair Game March 2018

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. 

Even Magazine's Hidden Noise
Even Magazine's Hidden Noise
Episode no. 10 March 2018

The hosts are joined by Independent's founding curatorial advisor Matthew Higgs.

BMW Collectors Guide
BMW Collectors Guide
Interview with Alix Dana March 2018

"Gallerists are in daily conversation with artists, and are the beating heart of the art-world ecosystem."

Artnet
Artnet
Collectors, Re-mark Your Calendars: Independent Brussels Is Moving to the Fall 2018

For its third edition, Independent Brussels is jumping ahead from its usual springtime slot alongside Art Brussels and setting out on its own.

La Libre
La Libre
La foire "Independent" fera désormais cavalier seul February 2018

Créant l’événement à l’automne 2018, la manifestation bruxelloise innove.

Financial Times
Financial Times
The Art Market 2018

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.

Financial Times
Financial Times
Art fairs up the pace in Belgium February 2018
Artforum
Artforum
Vincent Honoré to curate a special edition of Independent Brussels December 2017

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.

Artnews
Artnews
Vincent Honoré to Curate Special Brussels Edition of Independent Art Fair December 2017

“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.”

Financial Times
Financial Times
The Art Market: Collecting 2017

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.

Artnet
Artnet
Reshuffling Its Roster, New York’s Independent Art Fair Will Have Nearly 40 Percent New Exhibitors in 2018 2017

Half of the dealers are planning to show all-women booths.

The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
Ceci N’Est Pas Un Art Fair: Independent Brussels Shakes Up Gallery Scene 2017

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. 

Observer
Observer
Is Independent the Best Art Fair in New York? 2017

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.

Forbes
Forbes
Art Advisors Share Why They Love The Independent, And How To Get Insider Treatment At Art Fairs 2017

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.

Flash Art
Flash Art
Independent Art Fair / New York 2017

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.

Artforum
Artforum
“B” Here Now 2016

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. 

FT Weekend
FT Weekend
Fair with a New Look 2016

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.

The Art Newspaper
The Art Newspaper
Brussels Stakes Its Claim as European Hotspot for Contemporary Art 2016

“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.

The New York Times
The New York Times
The New York Times The Six Most Exciting Exhibitions at Independent Brussels 2016

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. 

Financial Times
Financial Times
Busy days for Brussels’ collectors 2016

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. 

Surface
Surface
The Independent Art Fair Finds a Home in Brussels 2016

The New York City art fair grows up and branches out, launching its first European edition.

Artspace Magazine
Artspace Magazine
Independent's Day 2016

Laura Mitterrand on the chic "curated" fair's latest moves. 

Vogue
Vogue
How the Independent Art Fair Is Changing the Game 2016

“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.”

New York Magazine
New York Magazine
Seeing Out Loud: Jerry Saltz on the Best Booth at the Independent Art Fair 2014

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. 

Artnet
Artnet
artnet asks: Matthew Higgs 2014

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:

Hyperallergic
Hyperallergic
Any Place and No Place at Independent 2011 2011

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.

The Art Newspaper
The Art Newspaper
Independent Set for New York Return in 2011 2010

“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.”

ARTINFO
ARTINFO
Independent's Day 2010

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.

Art in America
Art in America
Fewer (Visible) Boundaries for Independent 2010

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.

The New York Times
The New York Times
An Abundance of Room, an Absence of V.I.P. Gloss 2010

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.