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The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art, is set to present the first Chicago Gallery Open, in partnership with Artlogic. The Chicago Gallery Open, taking place September 30–October 4, 2020, will feature a hybrid of online-offline events.
The Chicago Gallery Open will showcase online presentations and in-person viewings of available artworks from local Chicago galleries such as The Gray gallery, non-profits, and artist-run spaces, exhibition listings to promote in-person, by-appointment viewings; and a programming series like a conversation between Danny Dunson and Jake Troyli, organized in collaboration with participants to be hosted locally in Chicago and online creating an engaging and unique purchasing experience for collectors.
During the Chicago Gallery Open, Gray (formerly Richard Gray Gallery) will present healing:work, a new series of works on paper by Chicago artist McArthur Binion, produced during the weeks under quarantine. Binion had previously been immersed in plans for a site-specific installation for an altarpiece at the Museo Novocento in Florence, Italy, scheduled to open in October 2020. The museum project inspired a fruitful and concentrated period in the studio, with the artist adopting the arched shape of the altarpiece to create this new suite of ink and graphite works on paper.
“It was a really difficult time in the world…just as the pandemic was sweeping the country, I was beginning the Altar Project and I needed some emotional healing…Therefore, healing:work.” -McArthur Binion
Some of the participating galleries include Carrie Secrist, Kavi Gupta, Andrew Rafacz, Rhona Hoffman, Goldfinch, to name a few.
Through the collaborative efforts of NADA and all of the participants, this new event will use this moment to focus on the vitality, importance, and eccentricity of the Chicago art community. “This new Gallery Open initiative will offer a window into the galleries, non-profit organizations, and artist-run spaces of Chicago—during a time on the art calendar when many are typically visiting the city—and a program to engage the local public to visit gallery exhibitions across the city, in-person and by appointment,” says NADA Executive Director Heather Hubbs.
The Chicago Gallery Open kicks off on Wednesday, September 30 at 11am ET / 10am CT.
Featured image: Alberto Aguilar, Translation (Translation), 2020. Courtesy of the artist and The Franklin, Chicago
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