More than 200 years ago, a group of brave men decided to break away from the British Empire and form the United States of America. Ever since, the people of the U.S. have been known for their independent thinking and fierce individualism. That is certainly true in the case of people who work in the art industry. (See what we did there?) Over the years, scores of dealers have declared independence from their bosses, opening up their own shops, and scores more artists have broken with their dealers, left collectives or quit day jobs to make art. Examples of independence are numerous. In the slide show above, 13 sterling examples.