February 18, 2010 - Chelsea - Hybrid forum comes to New York
February 18, 2010

Hybrid forum comes to New York

Hybrid forum comes to New York
March 4: 4-9
March 5 & 6: 11-8
March 7: 12-4

548 West 22nd Street
info [​at​] independentnewyork.com


INDEPENDENT, a hybrid model and temporary exhibition forum, will take place at the former X Initiative and former Dia Center for the Arts at 548 West 22nd Street in New York, from March 4th to 7th, and will be open to the public free of charge.

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. The weeklong program has been developed with creative advisors, Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services, New York, and Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns, New York.

The international list of participating galleries, independent curators, publishers, and nonprofit spaces was formed 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 typical of art fairs. Through this ongoing interaction, the participants have entered into a consortium rather than a transactional arrangement with a governing party, the collaborative process allowing for both financial efficiency and the creation of more ambitious projects.

The individual presentations are met with custom spaces that are curated in relation to other projects, creating a dynamic flow through the vast spaces on each of the building’s four floors. In conjunction with the exhibits and collaborations between galleries, there will also be a series of performances and lectures throughout the week. Additionally, INDEPENDENT will present a number of artist projects: on the façade, a neon text work by Claire Fontaine entitled Please God Make Tomorrow Better, 2008; and on the ground floor, a new work by The Bruce High Quality Foundation, and a joint exhibition by the collaborative Dexter Sinister and the cellist/composer Alex Waterman.


Ancient & Modern (London)
The Approach (London)
Artists Space (New York)
Galerie BaliceHertling (Paris)
Laura Bartlett (London)
BolteLang (Zürich)
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)
Hotel (London)
Independent Curators International (New York)
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
Rodeo (Istanbul)
Sabot (Cluj-Napoca)
Stuart Shave/Modern Art (London)
Sutton Lane (London/Paris)
White Columns (New York)
Winkleman Gallery (New York)
Galerie Jocelyn Wolff (Paris)
Zero (Milan)

Selected lecture program (additional program to be announced on the website):

Friday, March 5, 5pm
Olav Velthuis
“The Return of the 90s. The Art Market in Times of Crisis”

Dutch academic Olav Velthuis speaks on the cultural economy of art fairs and the shifting sands of symbolic value and market prices.
Organized by Howie Chen and Jason Kakoyiannis in conjunction with Columbia University’s Center on Organizational Innovation.
This talk is part of Juicing the Equilibrium, a series of programs to assess how sociological and cultural economic approaches to art world debates can augment artistic critique. www.jequ.org

Saturday, March 6, 11am
Kreemart Salon presents a panel discussion: On Gluttony

The panel seeks to answer provocative questions on the pleasures and sins associated with art and food, as well as on the artworld’s gluttonous appetite for novelty.

Moderated by Jovana Stokic

Raphael Castoriano, Will Cotton, Anthony Haden Guest , Rachel Lehmann, Jennifer Rubell, Linda Yablonsky.

The INDEPENDENT Team is led by Co-Directors Laura Mitterrand and Jayne Drost, Exhibition Designer Ian Sullivan and Technical Coordinator David Shull.

INDEPENDENT is sponsored in part by the exhibitors, Cumulus Studios, Artbook, Flash Art, Ninth Street Espresso, Farmcart, The Jane Hotel, Café Gitane, and Mousse, Milan. For more information, please contact Laura Mitterrand at +1.917.414.7941


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