What made you interested to show at Independent and how long have you been involved with the fair?
This is our fourth time showing at the Independent. We love the fair! We love the atmosphere, we love the space, we love the people who run it, and we love the quality of the other galleries who show. It makes more sense, within New York, to have a solo booth in a small, vibrant fair like this, since we also have our gallery space here for people to visit and see more of what we do.
Has it been especially beneficial for certain artists to be shown at Independent? Are there any highlights over the past few years that come to mind, in terms of artists that you have shown, or specific works?
I think that Independent has offered great exposure for all the artists we have shown, and all of them have really enjoyed participating. Our previous three booths showed Zachary Armstrong, Derrick Adams, and Tomashi Jackson. This year we are thrilled to show new work by Martha Tuttle.
Can you tell me about any future plans that the gallery has?
Following Jack's passing in 2017, it would seem that the matter of legacy is now weaved into the gallery's presence and program. While there is this wonderful history to think about, there is also a prosperous future to look forward to, as indicated by the gallery's participation in an event like Independent.
Of course, we want to honor and continue Jack’s legacy, but part of what he and the gallery have always been about is looking at the present—and looking to the future. So, although I feel it important to occasionally do historical shows—and I am very proud of our history—the gallery continues to look into the future. It is extremely important to continue to give the best support and guidance we can to our artists, as they grow and as their careers develop. We are committed to providing them with the freedom to continue to make great work.
Allie Biswas is a writer and editor based in London and New York. She is the co-editor of an anthology of critical texts relating to the Black Arts Movement, to be published later this year.