Ortuzar said that after having done so many fairs with Zwirner over the years, he’s been hesitant to make them a cornerstone of his business. But with Independent, he said, “we happen to have a gallery a block away, and this is part of the art world of the area.”
Dee said that in addition to a spate of programming at Spring Studios, Independent organized a neighborhood gallery walk, and she was struck by how concentrated the fair’s network of New York galleries has become.
“We were just going up and down Walker Street, and within 30 seconds, you can see five galleries, and that is so special,” Dee said. “That’s what New York is great for in terms of gallery neighborhoods—the fact that you can cover so many exhibitions in just a few hours. We were able, in an hour and a half, to go to 12 spaces. If I were in London, it would take me six hours to do that.”