A hybrid model and temporary exhibition forum. The weeklong program will host presentations and installations by highly regarded international figures and has been developed with creative advisors, Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services, New York and Matthew Higgs, Director of the nonprofit White Columns, New York. The international list of participating galleries, independent curators, publishers, and nonprofit spaces was developed through personal invitations from the founders, the advisors and, ultimately, the participants themselves.
INDEPENDENT was conceived by Elizabeth Dee, New York gallerist and founder of X Initiative, and gallerist Darren Flook, from Hotel, London. Part consortium, part collective, INDEPENDENT lies somewhere between a collective exhibition and a reexamination of the art fair model, reflecting the changing attitudes and growing challenges for artists, galleries, curators and collectors. The weeklong program will host presentations and installations by highly regarded international figures and has been developed with creative advisors, Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services, New York and Matthew Higgs, Director of the nonprofit White Columns, New York.
The international list of participating galleries, independent curators, publishers, and nonprofit spaces was developed through personal invitations from the founders, the advisors and, ultimately, the participants themselves. This approach has allowed the project to evolve through conversations, collaborations and shared conceptual engagements as opposed to the application process that typically characterizes the contemporary art fair. Through this ongoing interaction, the participants have entered into a consortium rather than a transactional arrangement with a governing party. Structured as a transparent financial cooperative, each participant is aware of the project’s expenses, including rent and the support services required. The collaborative process allows for both financial efficiency and the creation of more ambitious projects.
The individual concepts for presentation are met with custom spaces that are curated in relation to other projects, allowing for a dynamic and diverse flow through the vast spaces on each of the building’s four floors. There will also be a series of performances in coordination with the exhibits, collaborations between galleries presenting works together, and lectures on the ground floor throughout the week. Additionally, INDEPENDENT will present an artist project by Claire Fontaine entitled Please God Make Tomorrow Better, 2008, a neon text work above the façade’s door which will be on view 24 hours a day during the run of the project.
The INDEPENDENT Team is led by Co-Directors Laura Mitterrand and Jayne Drost. They are joined by Exhibition Designer Ian Sullivan and Technical Coordinator David Shull.
INDEPENDENT has been sponsored in part by the exhibitors, Cumulus Studios, Artbook, Flash Art, Ninth Street Espresso, Farmcart, The Jane Hotel, Café Gitane, and Mousse, Milan.
Ancient & Modern(London)
The Approach (London)
Artists Space (New York)
Balice Hertling (Paris)
Laura Bartlett (London)
Bortolami Gallery (New York)
Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi (Berlin)
Elizabeth Dee (New York)
Dispatch (New York)
Gavlak Gallery (Palm Beach)
gb agency (Paris)
Hard Hat (Geneva)
Independent Curators International
Galerie Ben Kaufmann (Berlin)
Johann König (Berlin)
Andrew Kreps Gallery (New York)
Kate MacGarry (London)
McCaffrey Fine Art (New York)
Mestre Projects (Barcelona/New York)
mitterrand + sanz (Zürich)
Moss / Westreich-Wagner(New York)
New Galerie (Paris)
Maureen Paley (London)
Renwick Gallery (New York)
Reserved for Leo Castelli
Stuart Shave/Modern Art (London)
Sutton Lane (London/Paris)
White Columns (New York)
Winkleman Gallery (New York)
Galerie Jocelyn Wolff (Paris)
For more information, please contact Laura Mitterrand at +1.917.414.7941
Opening: March 4, 6-9pm
X Initiative and Dia Center for the Arts
548 West 22nd Street in New York
open to the public free of charge: Thursday from 4PM to 9PM
Friday and Saturday from 11am to 8pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.