I was happy to be at the VIP Vernissage (opening) for the Spring/Break Art Show on Tuesday night. There was a great turn out at the Old School on Mott Street in SoHo for this curator-driven fair. Spring/Break separates itself from the bunch by not focusing on galleries but rather, giving a space to each of the 40 participating curators to put together their own show focused around a theme. This year, the theme is “Public Private” with an emphasis on the “high visibility of the self in the 21st century” and how it is “at times masked with fabrication and at others, genuinely exposed.”
It was a great night with a lot of exciting work to see and new artists to learn about. I love that Spring/Break gives visitors a chance to see pieces from emerging artists in a different context than that of the large art fairs. The work here is definitely more experimental, and the setting (like a mini PS1) adds to the vibe. There is something to see everywhere at Spring/Break, and I really mean everywhere – the schoolhouse is full to the brim with work in the ceiling, on the floors and even in the bathrooms. What was also great about the opening was that the curators and artists were present and happy to discuss their projects and start a dialogue about the show and the art itself.
Photos below, what do you guys think? Maybe not what you expected from an art fair?