We’re kicking off this week’s slate of “In Orbit” Armory Week posts with a write-up highlighting no less than Independent NY, a six-year-old favorite with some luxe new digs. Formerly stationed in the former home of the Dia Center for the Arts, a homey brick building lodged in our neck of the woods, Independent has now made the move to Spring Studios in Tribeca, a sprawling, light-filled venue boasting 25,000 square feet of exhibition space. It’s roomy, seductively spare in design, and—kudos to photographer Evan Joseph—looks awfully pretty in the setting sun. Color us excited to help christen the new space.
Independent NY at Spring Studios
Opening vernissage: 6pm to 8pm, March 3
March 4—6, 2016
Spring Studios, Tribeca
50 Varick Street
New York City
Friday–Saturday: 12pm to 7pm
Sunday: 12pm to 6pm
Since its 2010 inauguration, Independent has reliably offered a world-class array of exhibitors while keeping its feet firmly planted on the ground, offering a personable, character-rich answer to the sensory blur of so many counterparts. Its unfolding over the past several years has seen a sleek evolution that hasn’t dispensed with its “democratic” feel, and with the addition of Independent Projects in 2014, the fair cemented its position as a center of discourse and a laboratory for new curatorial practice.
While finding your footing in the new floorspace, seek out Anton Kern for an eclectic taste of contemporary abstraction and keep an eye or two peeled for London’s The Approach, which will be repping the chromatic rabbit-holes of Allison Katz‘s paintings. Peres Projects will be arriving with a lauded solo-show in tow, staging Bolivian-American artist Donna Huanca‘s multimedia intervention Polystyrene’s Braces.
If you’ve been around the Independent block, you know the skinny as far as the vibe’s concerned: it’s young, contemporary, and resolutely cool, so maybe forgo the cargo pants and fanny-pack in favor of something more seemly. As for the venue change, while we loved soaking up the sun on the rooftop deck of the former locale, we’re excited to see what sort of atmosphere Tribeca has to offer. Can it maintain the effortless elegance that’s kept it firmly afloat thus far? Our guess is a resounding ‘yes‘.