On Thursday, Independent
inaugurates its seventh edition, this time in a new TriBeCa home
, Spring Studios. Forty-four galleries from nine countries participate in the fair this year. And despite the fact that the fair’s new space required a slimming down of its exhibitor list, they still managed to bring six new dealers into the fold for 2016. “Every year we try to have a certain amount of new galleries, to rotate in fresh perspectives,” said director Laura Mitterrand.
In the past, those galleries have set up shop right alongside Independent standbys like Gavin Brown’s enterprise and Peres Projects. Thanks to their change in venue this year, however, Mitterrand and her team decided to pull those fresh faces out into a special section on the building’s ground floor, Independent Firsts. “They’re not necessarily young galleries,” said Mitterrand of the selection, which “developed organically” with galleries “coming from all different backgrounds.” Ahead of the fair, we caught up with the lot to find out what they have in store for fairgoers this week.