Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice; build essential infrastructures and institutions; and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations, and across social, political and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role.
Leather Tote Bag by John Baldessari and Botkier
Limited Edition Leather Tote Bag
John Baldessari and Monica Botkier
Edition of 300
To mark our 35th anniversary, world-renowned artist and long-time friend of Independent Curators International (ICI) John Baldessari, teamed up with fashion-forward New York designer Monica Botkier to create a one-of-a-kind limited edition leather tote bag, blending a stunning Baldessari print featuring a metallic gold dot, with Botkier’s signature detailing.
John Baldessari has a long history with ICI, serving as a trustee of the organization for 9 years and presenting his work in 13 ICI touring shows; he also co-curated the exhibition 100 ARTISTS SEE GOD with fellow artist Meg Cranston, which toured to 6 museums across the U.S. and the U.K. from 2004 through 2006. Recent exhibitions include: John Baldessari: Pure Beauty, the artist’s first major U.S. retrospective in 20 years, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from October 2010–January 2011, solo exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery 2010, and his first exhibition in Russia, 1+1=1 at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, September–November 2013.
Monica Botkier‘s accessories embody luxury through custom detailing, innovation and quality while focusing on functionality. Botkier is at a unique vantage point and position in the market as an independent brand that marries luxury with utility.
Thank you to ICI Trustee Jill Brienza for initiating and spearheading this collaboration.
100% of the proceeds from sales will support ICI’s diverse exhibitions, free events, and educational programs centered on international curatorial practice.