I didn’t expect to say this, but Independent Projects is a lovely fair. Started by the creators of the Independent, Armory Week’s alterna-fair, and taking place in the same location, the former Dia Art Foundation building on West 22nd Street in Chelsea, Independent Projects simultaneously builds on and slims down its sister fair’s model.
The Probable Trust Registry, a new work by Adrian Piper, is not an exhibit so much as an agreement.
The Independent art fair was born out of a sprawling nonprofit project founded by dealer Elizabeth Dee. Called the X Initiative, it turned the former Chelsea home of the Dia Art Foundation into a yearlong hub of exhibitions, performance, conversations, and more, all with an alternative bent. As it was coming to a close, in early 2010, Dee announced plans for the Independent.
I love this line in Leon Nefayk’s latest article in the New York Observer, “Don’t Call It An Art Fair!”
Welcome to the New York art world in 2010, where it’s never about the money, even when it is.
How very true … and there’s more …