EXPO Chicago’s sixth edition will take place at Navy Pier from Sept. 13-17, welcoming everyone from serious buyers, collectors, art novices and enthusiasts. Since its inception, the art fair has been growing and I think this is their best year yet. This year, EXPO has been able to wrangle some big name gallerists and institution collaborations as it continues to establish the dominance Chicago once had in the art exhibition world. Though there’s still a certain something or two missing in the EXPO recipe to really put it on the map of the ‘art fair circuit’ I think they are doing a good job to have lasted into year 6; I mean Rome wasn’t built in a day. During EXPO Chicago’s Vernissage, I had the chance to check out a few booths and I am suggesting some of the must see below. There are certainly some booths that might have missed my radar; every booth, installations, talks and off site programming for EXPO is worth checking out if your time permits.
Kavi Gupta is one of the top gallerists not just in the city of Chicago but also within the gilded art world, who’s helped catapult some of today’s contemporary artists works into the homes of deep pocketed collectors. The Chicago based gallery is back with EXPO again this year and the artist lineup is a varied offering for every art lover. From Angel Otero, one of my personal favorite artists, to McArthur Binion, Jessica Stockholder, Beverly Fishman, Nick Cave to name a few.
Paul Kasmin Gallery‘s (booth 409) location on the EXPO floor is expansive and open. When you walk up one of the first pieces you see is Roxy Paine’s Caption, 2017. Explore further and you will see Ivan Navarro’s Duct, 2016. A piece made of neon light and one way mirror, if you look down and it feels like you are jumping down a well.
Yvette Mayorga at Chicago Artists Coalition is an instagrammer’s dream. Bursting with pink all over but upon closer inspection you’ll see the Chicago details.
Gagosian gallery (Booth 431) is definitely top tier and not just because Jay-Z rapped about it or that founder Larry Gagosian has some of the world’s top billionaires gobbling up very pricey art like they do real estate. This is Gagosian’s first time at EXPO and that’s a major get for Tony Karman. At their booth you’ll find pieces from famed photographer Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, Murakami, Chris Burden, and more.
The Eli and Edith Broad Museum at Michigan State University is at EXPO for the first time in anticipation of Michigan Stories: Jim Shaw and Mike Kelley. They have onsite screen printing for guests.
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago live painting booth. Let’s be honest, the moment I heard naked painter I made a beeline for it and come to find out the guy is really good with lines and he draws a crowd.
Galerie Gmurzynska (booth 401) is not only at EXPO, its bringing one of the contemporary world’s most recognized artist Christo to town. In 1969, Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), making Chicago the first US city they wrapped a public building. The gallery is also presenting four intimate spaces for masterpieces by Yves Klein, Fernand Léger, Wifredo Lam and László Moholy-Nagy housed within hand-stitched curtains of precious antique fabrics and lined with dried flowers forming a kind of “wunderkammer.”
Moniquemeloche gallery for selections of insta friendly pieces and Sanford Biggers pieces.
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