March 7, 2019

Kate Newby at the Independent art fair New York is featured in ArtNews.

As a long line queued against the icy winds of Lower Manhattan—the chattering classes nattering through chattering teeth—doors opened Thursday morning to the Independent art fair, stationed as in years past at Tribeca’s Spring Studios. Action was brisk from the get-go, as patrons made their way across four floors to see booths presented by 64 galleries. Attendees at the latest stop in a circuit that includes the Armory ShowPlan BSpring/Break, and other fairs running through the weekend included the curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Margot Norton as well as directors of local organizations (Jay Sanders of Artists Space, Simon Castets of the Swiss Institute, Flavin Judd of the Judd Foundation).

On the fair’s first floor, small ceramic sculptures evocative of oyster shells were arranged by the New Zealand–born, Brooklyn-based artist Kate Newby. “She’s collected glass off the street that gets melted in a kiln,” Simon Cole, director of the Toronto-based Cooper Cole gallery, said of features in the work that look like little pools of water. “It’s in a series of what she refers to as ‘puddles.’ The great thing about this piece is it can be displayed in a variety of different ways. Often they’re displayed on window sills to catch the light, or it can be spread out over a home.” The several dozen pieces are sold all together, under the title Wild owns the night (2019).


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