I was so excited to check out the 10th edition of Independent this year! I arrived a few minutes before it officially opened on Friday, so it was a little bit quiet and I had all the time I could dream of to walk around. It was my first visit to Independent, and this fair is intimate enough to feel like a grouping of thoughtful exhibitions as opposed to the crowded booths you become accustomed to finding at a lot of the bigger fairs. It feels curated, which of course I love, with breathing room for the work, thoughtful installations that really emphasize the experience of the work as opposed to a line-em-up-it’s-all-for-sale atmosphere.
There were some gorgeous pieces both large and small in scale that drew my attention. From a straightforward presentation of three large pieces at The Clearing by Aaron Garber Maiksovska to the elegant gradiants by Markus Amm at David Kordansky, or Samara Scott’s solo presentation with The Sunday Painter, it felt solid and confident. Also The Landing’s presentation with pink walls of Fred Reichman’s brilliant paintings–installed salon-style–was totally on point — well worth walking all the way in, where there’s something really architecturally disorienting about the placement of that booth, and it does some favors for the overall experience.
Independent New York is open 12-7 Friday-Sunday at 50 Varick St., New York!
Sue Tompkins with The Modern Institute (Glasgow)
Markus Amm with David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles)
Gertrude Abercrombie with KARMA (New York)
Nicolas Party with KARMA (New York)
Aaron Garber-Maiksovska with C L E A R I N G (New York, Brussels)
Fred Reichman at The Landing (Los Angeles)
Colter Jacobsen with Anglim Gilbert Gallery (San Francisco)
Curtis Talwst Santiago with Rachel Uffner Gallery (New York)