The apparent alternative to Armory Week, SPRING/BREAK Art Show is a massive exhibition and fair driven by curators, not galleries. Officially, SPRING/BREAK features forty curators and 150 artists, but it feels twice as large. The show resourcefully utilizes offices, bathrooms, and closets throughout Skylight at Moynihan Station. “Raw” sums it up, if one word suffices.
Participation is by invitation only and organizers donate exhibition space to the curators and artists for each curatorial project to be realized. That formula sounds clubby and exclusive, but walking through SPRING/BREAK actually feels expansive and diverse. (And what art fair isn’t partly a cartel?)
Almost all of the projects, curators, and artists are available for viewing at the SPRING/BREAK sales website. Here are some highlights; see more images on our Instagram.
This year’s Independent features 50 galleries from 14 countries, an impressive globe-to-gallery ratio, though New York and Berlin dominate.
Stefan Tcherepnin sculpture at Tanya Leighton
In the architectural design by Jonathan Caplan, galleries unfold around visitors roaming between angled dividing walls. The space seems to swirl visual surprises while commingling neighboring galleries, though it does cram some artists into awkward corners. This porous zoning could be a way to arrange marriages between certain galleries, or just a way to induce curiosity and conversations. And to preserve the memories, Mousse will publish a limited-edition catalog.
Along with the international expanse of Independent, there’s a high density of cool art. Harald Bender at Galerie Susanne Zander, Lionel Maunz at Bureau, Mike Cloud at Thomas Erben, and Birdie Lusch are some standouts. Here are some more of the best-in-show at Independent. See more pics on our Instagram.