Independent 2017

Last weekend it was the second edition of Independent Brussels. The art fair flew over from New York last year and as far as I could see of the number of people, it has a tremendous success. 

What’s so different from the other grand art fair in Brussels, Art Brussels, is the fact that it’s so open to young people and those who wish not to buy anything but just enjoy being surrounded by art. Independent is located in the Vanderborght building in Brussels, which could be a convincing factor to head on over there next year. The building consists out of 5 floor with a view from one floor to the other via the huge, open square in the middle. 

This post is a summary of the pieces that I enjoyed and I felt like sharing with others. As I said in my previous post about Art Brussels, when you walk around in these enormous art fairs, it’s impossible to give every piece of art as much attention as it deserves. The consequences being that you immediately look around for the pieces that peak your interest and you eventually walk towards. The biggest disadvantage is that the conceptual side of the work loses its power and the visual becomes more dominant.

Let’s get on with the summary. The first gallery is The Approach, a London based gallery that showed the work of Germaine Kruip.




Adrien Couvrat was represented by Galerie Maubert. His playfulness with colours and optical illusions is what attracted me to his work. There were panels with stripes of colours which you can view from two perspectives and it changes the colour, but what fascinated me the most was the use of the mirror as you can see in this photo. The presentation of this piece is delightful to look at. 




The canvas by Alexandre da Cunha at the booth of Office Baroque Gallery.




Nathalie Du Pasquier her colourful work spoke to me in a second, I absolutely loved her sculptures in the middle of the booth of Apalazzo.






Tim Van Laere gallery had three artists that I liked, Adrian Ghenie, Kati Beck and Rinus van de Velde.







Joseph Montgomery at Dürst Britt & Mayhew. The mainstay of Montgomery’s oeuvre consists of two different types of work. There are the minimalist, monochromatic shims on the one hand and the collages on the other. Both kind of works have the structure and syntax of sculpture, but they simultaneously have all the trappings of painting. This blurring and confounding of classification lends them a strange sense of hybridity.






Nika Neelova her sculptures were shown at the booth of Vigo Gallery.





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