The Independent - Brussels
The Independent – Brussels
The first pleasant surprise at The Independent NYC art show was that entry was FREE!!!
During my first quick walk through the 5 floors I was taken aback a bit. This show could be somewhat intimidating in a way. To someone new to the world of art fairs it could give the impression that the curators are trying to shove art down your throat by telling you that anything and everything is art, as long as THEY say so!
Having done a few art courses here and there, I was told that one has to accept anything and everything expressed by an artist as art. Well, that may be so, but I think that some technique and some talent have to be there, and although tastes differ, one’s acceptance of anything presented by young and unestablished artists does pose a challenge. I accept that renowned artists can serve soup at a gallery as an art exhibit, but newcomers dancing tango at a supermarket, and stealing stuff and presenting this as performance art leaves much to be desired.
But although you may see many pieces that may remind you of your high school art fair, or a flea market art stand, it does take a second look to appreciate all the art that is on display.
So on my second attempt I took my time walking through the open space of all the different galleries, and by the time I was through, I was quite happy and satisfied with many of the gorgeous and diverse pieces and installations I had seen.
The show did have plenty to offer, and surely leaves you with much to discuss, decipher, and think about, which in a way is an aim of The Independent, I believe.
The artworks at Gallery Maubert were richly diverse, and the ‘Hangman’ boards at Trampoline were a clever and interactive way to attract attention to their artist Vaast Colson. I loved the works at Green Art Gallery (they are definitely amongst my favorite galleries, and I enjoy their artworks at many of the fairs).
What I found beautifully amusing were Michael Pybus’s interpretations of Warhol, Koons, and Duchamp’s works on sneakers! Check them out at Tatjana Pieters gallery
The location of The Independent is great, and there are many nice eateries just around the corner with a variety of Belgian food and other cuisines. But one of the best meals I had in my entire stay in Brussels was on the top floor of the building, at the pop-up restaurant for The Independent by PointAlbert! Simply put: Fabulous food and service.