Object & Thing upends the typical art-fair model by blowing up hierarchies, absorbing the exhibitors’ risk—and much more. Like so much else in the art world in 2019, whether you find Object & Thing a breath of fresh air or an affront to all that is good and pure in life largely depends on how seriously you take yourself. Billed as “a new art and design fair for objects,” the event opened to VIPs on Friday morning in Bushwick’s industrial-chic 99 Scott Avenue complex. And while opinions will vary, the features setting Object & Thing apart from the typical art fair have implications that reverberate well beyond the event’s admirably modest ambitions.

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