At the Independent, an Open Exploration of Art Without Definition

NEW YORK—From all of the dishes in the kitchen sink to a wall of African dictators and a series of meticulously executed, minimalist clay works by Anna-Bella Papp, the Independent art show offers a range of interesting works on three floors in a Chelsea warehouse building.

In its fourth year, the vibrant show features more than 40 galleries representing 14 countries and artists from around the world. A poet is embracing a new medium by executing her literary ideas through stiff shirts with an audio component and an artist’s entire practice focuses on creating the letter “a” out of felt.

The Independent is in the former Dia building at 548 West 22nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, from March 7 to March 10, 2013.

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“Patient Admission: US Naval Hospital Ship Mercy, Vietnam,” 2010 (archival inkjet pigment print) by An-My Le at Murray Guy gallery of New York.

Stuart Shave Modern Art is displaying a series of clay works by Anna-Bella Papp.

Untitled clay work by Anna-Bella Papp.

Works on view at the booth of Berlin-based Meyer Riegger.

From left, three works by Armando Adrade Tudela, and “The Spirit is Flexible to a Certain Degree,” armatured shirts with audio by Natalie Hausler at Supportico Lopez of Berlin.

“Stool,” 2013 (felt, powder-coated steel) by Blake Rayne at Westreich Wagner Publications/Art Advisory Services.

Blake Rayne works with a lowercase a in a distorted Georgia font. There is more about the project that features a stool and large-scale felt book here.

Foreground, “Scribble,” 2012 (copper tubing and paint) by Michael Francois; Background, from left, “Figure with Wrist Laser and Poetry Lines,” 2012 (oil, wax and enamel on linen) and “(feat. Julia Rommel) Untitled,” 2011-2012 (oil and wax on linen) both by Richard Aldrich, at Bortolami Gallery of New York.

The ARTCASH project at Broadway 1602 gallery of New York.

ARTCASH pays tribute to a 1971 gambling night benefit held by the Foundation Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT) featuring fake money created by Andy Warhol and five other artists.

Detail of cash created by Andy Warhol, Robert Whitman, Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Gormley, Red Grooms and Marisol.

Background, three photos by Jessica Rath. Far right, “clone with water sprout,” (all archival pigment print on exhibition fiber), at Jack Hanley Gallery of New York.

Rath’s “large-scale photographic portraits document newly manufactured hybrid trees.”

“Abwaschskulptur #1,” 2013 (kitchenware, plinth) by Nicole Wermers at Herald St gallery of London.

“That African Dictator Can’t Be Bought,” (found wall clocks) by Meschac Gaba at McCaffrey Fine Art of New York.

For his dictator series, Meschac Gaba found the clocks in his native Benin and inserted the portraits African leaders including Laurant Gbagbo, who served as president of Côte d’Ivoire until his arrest in 2011, and Jonathan Goodluck, the current president of Nigeria.

Gaba’s work will be exhibited at the Tate Modern this summer, as a part of the museum’s two-year project featuring emerging African artists.

According to the Tate, “A seminal work in the recent history of African art, Museum of Contemporary African Art 1997–2002 by Meschac Gaba (born 1961, Benin) has been acquired by Tate and will be displayed in its entirety for the first time in the UK next year. Consisting of twelve sections, including a Games Room, Marriage Room, Music Room and Salon, this work challenges preconceived notions of African art.

“Germany vs. Austria,” 2011 (stucco console, embroidery, styrofoam) by Verena Dengler at Galerie Meyer Kainer of Vienna.

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