Independent New York Art Fair 8th-10th March 2018

November 27, 2017 by Laura Gomez


Independent is pleased to announce the participant list for the ninth annual edition of Independent New York, which will return to Spring Studios in Tribeca from March 8 – 11, 2018.

This year, Independent New York will include 50 international galleries and non-profit institutions with many solo and site-driven projects, representing 17 cities worldwide.

Independent is an invitational art fair devised by and for gallerists, which re-examines traditional methods of presenting, viewing, and experiencing contemporary art. The selected participants represent the art world’s most creative and inspired curatorial visions from a cross-section of emerging, mid-career and established programs from around the world. For each edition, Independent revolves at least one-third of the participants from its participant network of over 240 galleries from over 50 cities worldwide.

Independent was conceived and initiated in 2009 by Elizabeth Dee, Darren Flook, Matthew Higgs and Laura Mitterrand, with a consortium of like-minded commercial and non-profit galleries. The first edition took place in the former Dia Center for the Arts and former home of X Initiative at 548 West 22nd Street. This was the first fair to take place in a former museum, a landmark building in Chelsea’s gallery district. The inaugural edition included 40 international exhibitors in March 2010.

Following the critical success of the first three editions, in 2014 Independent launched Independent Projects—a two-week platform of solo exhibitions during New York’s auction week in November 2014.

In 2016, Independent relocated the New York edition to Spring Studios in Tribeca. As the founding visual cultural partner of Spring Studios and Spring Place, Independent joins the ecosystem of Tribeca Film Festival as the two public events to take place annually in this location.

2016 also marked Independent’s expansion to Europe. Independent Brussels was inaugurated the same year at the historic Vanderborght, a former department store in the center of Brussels, Belgium. The project was founded by the City of Brussels in collaboration with founders Elizabeth Dee and Laura Mitterrand. This unique partnership with the Ministry of Culture and the City of Brussels has allowed for further support of the European ecosystem for galleries internationally.

The fair has supported a year-round Belgian gallery residency program (Independent Régence) which hosts exhibition programming in Brussels in collaboration with Independent‘s extended gallery network. Now in its third year, in 2018 the program will expand beyond its original location to a citywide format.

“We were trying to find a solution to these narrow, persistent problems of fairs and how they assist galleries in terms of their economies and how they function. There’s a reluctance of many galleries to take part in fairs, but it’s like a catch-22— they’re obliged to take part, but they find them unsatisfactory in terms of a place to see art, or a place for artists to present their work. The idea was to really create something of a hybrid— something that wasn’t exactly a fair, although there was a commercial aspect, and wasn’t exactly an exhibition, though it perhaps resembled one.

“We also wanted to break down some of those hierarchies that exist in the art world between the blue-chip galleries—the galleries that do resale, the more established commercial galleries—and the emerging young galleries, and then also the galleries that are outside of those narratives. For me, it was an interesting opportunity to create space for all kinds of art, a marketplace for all kinds of art, where you’d see things alongside one another that you perhaps wouldn’t typically encounter elsewhere. I don’t think one could necessarily say that it’s a curated exhibition, but it’s definitely a curated forum or curated platform. From the outset, for me, it was very interesting to have more ‘maverick’ dealers included in the mix.”

-Matthew Higgs

Participants Include:

Adams and Ollman Portland
Air de Paris Paris
Andréhn-Schiptjenko Stockholm
Galerie Hervé Bize Nancy
Carlos/Ishikawa London
Chapter NY New York
Cheim & Read New York
C L E A R I N G New York / Brussels
Elizabeth Dee New York
Delmes & Zander Cologne
Andrew Edlin Gallery New York
Fleisher/Ollman Philadelphia
Galerie Christophe Gaillard Paris
François Ghebaly Los Angeles
Garth Greenan Gallery New York
Dan Gunn Berlin
Ibid Gallery Los Angeles / London
The Institute of Contemporary Arts London
JTT New York
Jan Kaps Cologne
Karma New York
David Kordansky Gallery Los Angeles
Magenta Plains New York
Marlborough Contemporary New York / London
Martos Gallery New York
The Modern Institute Glasgow
Galerie Nagel Draxler Cologne / Berlin
Neue Alte Brücke Frankfurt
Night Gallery Los Angeles
Maureen Paley London
Franklin Parrasch Gallery New York
Peres Projects Berlin
Galerie Francesca Pia Zurich
Ricco/Maresca Gallery New York
Kerry Schuss New York
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. New York
SPRÜTH MAGERS Berlin / London / Los Angeles
The Sunday Painter London
Tilton Gallery New York
Timothy Taylor London / New York
Travesía Cuatro Madrid / Guadalajara
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects New York
untilthen Paris
VI, VII Oslo
White Columns New York

Private Viewing by Invitation:
Thursday, March 8

Public Hours:
Friday, March 9: 12-7PM
Saturday, March 10: 12-7PM
Sunday, March 11: 12-6PM

Independent New York
March 8–11, 2018
Spring Studios
50 Varick Street
New York, NY

Independent Brussels
April 19-22, 2018
Vanderborght Building
50 Rue de l’Ecuyer
1000 Brussels