By PAUL LASTER, APR. 2017
A battle is brewing in Brussels!
Independent Brussels returns to the 50,000 square-foot Vanderborght Building for the second edition of the art fair with 70 exhibitors representing 32 global cities to challenge the 35th edition of Art Brussels, which presents 145 galleries from 28 countries at the city’s historical Tour & Taxis warehouses.
Highlights at Independent Brussels (April 19-23) include solo exhibitions of Michael Pybus’ Pop Art mashups at the Ghent-based gallery Tatjana Pieters, Nika Neelova’s twisted sculptures made from reclaimed wooden bannisters at London’s Vigo Gallery and Nathalie Du Pasquier’s geometric abstractions at the Berlin gallery Exile and A Palazzo Gallery from Brescia, while David Zwirner, which is based in New York and London, features “The Mask Makers,” a group exhibition curated by gallery artist Marcel Dzama.
Over at Art Brussels (April 20-23) standouts include solo projects by Guy Yanai, who presents colorful paintings of modernist interiors at Amsterdam’s Flatland Gallery, and Jana Schröder’s scribbly abstractions at Los Angeles’ Meir Gallery, along with the pairing of Markus Lüpertz, who offers myth-inspired paintings and sculptures, and the Recycle Group, presenting its “retro-futuristic” sculptures, at the Paris-based gallery Suzanne Tarasieve.
Scroll through the images below to see more of our favorite works from these two art fairs. WM
Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.
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