Where most NYC art fairs boast a fast-paced, buzzy atmosphere (think: Frieze or the Armory Show), the Independent Art Fair, taking place March 9–11, opts for a slower, more unassuming approach to presenting and selling art, making it an annual favorite for those who value the work over the scene.
True to its name, Independent features emerging galleries (instead of the usual suspects like Acquavella and Gagosian) and global artists with unique backgrounds. Over half of the participating galleries this year plan on showing exhibitions by female artists. What to look for: Werner Buttner’s dark humor–tinged paintings at Marlborough Contemporary; a retrospective of Kathleen White’s work during the AIDS epidemic at Martos Gallery; and Elisabeth Kley’s site-specific sculptural installations at Canada Gallery.
Why You Should Go: The Independent Art Fair doesn’t feel like a space only for Jay Z and Beyoncé’s art dealer. With the pressure off, it is the perfect way for those new to the art scene to experience the NYC fair circuit.
Independent Art Fair
50 Varick Street (between Beach and Laight Streets), Tribeca
Friday, March 9, noon–7 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, noon–7 p.m.
Sunday, March 11, noon–6 p.m.