Held at X from June 24 through June 28, NO SOUL FOR SALE – A Festival Of Independents brought together the most exciting, creative and respected not-for-profit centers, alternative institutions, artists’ collectives and independent enterprises from around the world that contribute to the international art scene by inventing new strategies for the distribution of information and by supporting a diverse cultural program.

Neither a fair nor an exhibition, NO SOUL FOR SALE was a convention of individuals and groups who have devoted their energies to keeping art alive. The Festival was an exercise in coexistence: organizations will exhibit alongside each other without partitions or walls. As on the set of the legendary Lars Von Trier’s movie Dogville, participants will be assigned spaces that are only marked on the floor, creating a map of an imaginary city of art, where distances and hierarchies are abolished. 

With associations and groups coming from Berlin, Milan, Dublin, Barcelona, Paris, Reykjavík, Hong Kong, Rabat, Trinidad, New York, Los Angeles, and many other locations, NO SOUL FOR SALE provided a unique occasion to foster creative exchange and to connect with international organizations that aren’t usually accessible in New York City. With free entrance and a rich program of daily activities, NO SOUL FOR SALE was a celebration of the independent forces that animate contemporary art.

Participants: 
ARTIS CONTEMPORARY ISRAELI ART FUND
(NEW YORK AND TEL AVIV), BALLROOM (MARFA), BIZART/ARTHUB (SHANGHAI/HONG KONG), DISPATCH (NEW YORK), EMPTY PURSE PUBLICATIONS (NEW YORK),FILIPA OLIVEIRA + MIGUEL AMADO (LISBON), FLUXSPACE (PHILADELPHIA), GALERIE IM REGIERUNGSVIERTEL/FORGOTTEN BAR PROJECT (BERLIN), HERMES UND DER PFAU (STUTTGART), K 48 (NEW YORK), KADIST ART FOUNDATION (PARIS), KLING&BANG (REYKJAVÍK), L’APPARTEMENT 22 (RABAT), LATITUDES (BARCELONA), LAXART (LOS ANGELES), LIGHT INDUSTRY (BROOKLYN), LUCIE FONTAINE (MILAN), MIGRATING FORMS (NEW YORK), MONO.KULTUR (BERLIN), MOUSSE MAGAZINE (MILAN), NEXT VISIT (BERLIN), NOT AN ALTERNATIVE (BROOKLYN), PARTICIPANT INC. (NEW YORK), BLACK MARKET/ROB PRUITT (NEW YORK), RHIZOME (NEW YORK), STARSHIP (BERLIN), STOREFRONT FOR ART AND ARCHITECTURE (NEW YORK), STUDIO FILM CLUB (TRINIDAD), SUPPORTICO LOPEZ (BERLIN), SURASI KUSOLWONG (THAILAND), SWISS INSTITUTE (NEW YORK), THE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF ARTS (LOS ANGELES), THISISNOTASHOP (DUBLIN), TRANSFORMER (WASHINGTON, D.C.), VIAFARINI (MILAN), VOX POPULI (PHILADELPHIA), WAGE ARTISTS (NEW YORK), WHITE COLUMNS (NEW YORK), YOKOLAND supported by the OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY, (OSLO).

To download selected press, please click here.

Selected Press Links:

Holland Cotter, “Restoring the ‘Eek’ to Eking Out a Living”, The New York Times, June 24, 2009 

William Pym, “Whatever Works”, Artforum.com, June 26, 2009

Aimee Walleston, “No Soul For Sale: A Festival of Independents”, Art in America, June 23, 2009

Jerry Saltz, “Glimpse Art’s Near Future at No Soul for Sale”, New York Magazine, June 24, 2009

Alex Gartenfeld,  “No Soul For SALE”, Interview Magazine, June 2009

Laura Meli, “The Anti-commerce, Pro-art “No Soul for Sale” Festival”, June 25, 2009

“No Soul for Sale at X-Initiative ”, Time Out New York, June 25, 2009

Maura Egan, “Raising the Roof | “No Soul for Sale”, T-Magazine, The New York Times, June 25, 2009

Jonathan Melber, “Celebrating Art For Its Own Sake (in Chelsea, of all places)”, The Huffington Post, June 24

Maya Singer, “Dia: Chelsea’s X Factor”, Stile.com, June 23, 2009