It’s Art Fair week in New York and with so many fairs to see it’s hard to know where to go & what to see. Besides the main stays, Pulse, Volta and Armory, etc., there are two non-traditional fairs that should be on your radar – SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW & INDEPENDENT NEW YORK.
SPRING/BREAK Art Show, now in its fifth year, is not your typical fair. The fair focuses on a curator-driven model which is very different to the more typical sales oriented model of the bigger art fairs.
Through its commitment to the discoveries of local to international curators, SPRING/BREAK Art Show will again offer a unique destination for collectors, artists, galleries, critics, scene junkies & art enthusiasts during the city’s art fair week. Over One Hundred curators will premiere new artworks created by over 800 artists, all selected around this year’s central art fair theme, ⌘COPY⌘PASTE.”
Independent's new Tribeca space
Independent is another alternative model art fair that was conceived by Elizabeth Dee (Founder Elizabeth Dee Gallery) and Darren Flook, developed in conjunction with creative advisor Matthew Higgs (Director/Chief Curator White Columns) and fair director Laura Mitterrand.
When it began it was a clear departure from the look of the typical art fair and while it may have evolved from its' original concept, the spirit of the fair has attempted to stay the same. To learn more about it, check out the following NY Times article.
What I like about these fairs is that they challenge the preconceived models of what an art fair should and can be. The work presented includes both emerging, established and under known artists in a way that encourages the visitor to think critically about the work, as opposed to the typical mall like presentation of other art fairs. If you do make your way to SPRING/BREAK Art Show and/or Independent, please share your photos and thoughts on the blog. Let’s keep the spirit of dialog continuing.
Silvermine Arts Center