Like Learner, the fair is nomadic. Hosted last year at the airy Skylight at Moynihan Station, this year, Collective takes up residence at Skylight Clarkson Sq, a large industrial building on the Hudson River, just west of SoHo. “The notion of discovery begins before you even get there,” says Learner of his choice to rotate locations. “It’s a great opportunity for me to respond to a new space, but also maybe to give people a chance to peek into a building that they constantly walk by. Soho has such a rich art and design history. It feels like the right neighborhood for us to be a part of.”
Laid out like a spine along the horizontal hangar, Collective will host 29 galleries this year, along with a handful of projects, including a satellite pop-up from Sight Unseen OFFSITE and a retrospective of German lighting designer
. While some galleries like Patrick Parrish Gallery
are returning, Learner is quick to point out newcomers from the invitation-only roster. Amongst the notables Learner mentions is Copenhagen-based Etage Projects
, which attests to the fair’s growing international contingent.