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About - Independent Art Fair

Independent 20th Century, Battery Maritime Building ©️Cipriani 

About Us

Independent was established in 2010, as a consciously scaled art fair focused on inspiring relevant art encounters for a well-informed and devoted Contemporary Art audience. Independent 20th Century premiered in 2022 to champion artists and international avant garde movements that took place between 1900-2000, in a historical setting (the Battery Maritime Building was built in 1908). 

Independent and Independent 20th Century together premiere internationally recognized artists, spotlight lesser known narratives, or feature a side of a canonical artist's practice that even well-informed collectors and museums find worthy of further curatorial and market attention. 

About - Independent Art Fair

Independent New York, ©️spring studios

There is not a traditional application process, as participation is invite only.  Galleries and non profits are nominated by Independent founding curatorial advisor Matthew Higgs, in conversation with participating galleries and the Independent leadership team.  

Independent has a respected track record of delivering curatorial excellence and launching artists to a new level of artistic recognition. Both fairs are internationally appreciated as a place for discovery and consensus, essential attributes that are increasingly lacking in the art fair ecosystem.

For artists, galleries, institutions and collectors, Independent remains the highest caliber, commercially viable creative platform for the art world’s future. We are the art world’s favorite fair in New York. 

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