Expo Chicago, Sept. 17-20: A Leading Modern & Contemporary Art Fair
Heralded as the centerpiece of Expo Art Week -- Chicago’s citywide celebration of all things arts and culture -- Expo Chicago (September 17-20, 2015) has emerged as a decidedly innovative and multifaceted art fair. Now in its fourth year, Expo Chicago, which focuses on modern and contemporary art and design, champions established and emerging artists alike -- a quality that has earned it a stellar reputation among a wide range of collectors, dealers, enthusiasts, interior designers, and curators. According to Tony Karman, the President/Director of Expo Chicago, “There is so much to look forward to at this year’s fair...With artwork from 140 galleries from 16 countries and 47 cities, it is a one-stop opportunity to survey the work and trends in the global contemporary art world.”
Held at the historic Navy Pier, Expo Chicago’s dynamic exhibitor list includes design heavyweights such as Hostler Burrows (New York) and R & Company (New York) as well as celebrated fine art dealers such as Vallarino Fine Art (New York), Hollis Taggart Galleries (New York), and Gerald Peters Gallery (New York). The show also includes Exposures, a unique section that affords young galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair. According to Karman, “Chicago has hosted an art fair since 1979 and although there have been ups and downs in the many years of arts fairs in our city, there is no doubt that art dealers from around the world value the opportunity to be here. Coupling that legacy with the long list of great collectors, curators and institutions living and working in Chicago makes this a critical stop for dealers each year.”
Another defining aspect of Expo Chicago is its dynamic on-site programming, which includes everything from Expo Video, a curated selection of new media, film, and video works, to a robust lineup of booth talks, performances, and signings. Other highlights include In/Situ and In/Situ Outside, which provides exhibiting galleries the opportunity to showcase large-scale installations and site-specific works by leading artists (think Antony Gormley, Giuseppe Penone, Ai Weiwei, Christopher Wool) both at the show and throughout Chicago, and EXPO Editions + Books, an exhibition of artist books, editions, prints, and more. Karman said, “Time allows for all of the programming to mature and for our exhibitors and patrons to initiate new projects. Each year we continue to innovate and launch new initiatives... Additionally, our local museums, institutions, galleries, restaurants, visitors and residents have a better understanding of what Expo Chicago and Expo Art Week are, and that awareness drives even more partnerships and collaborations...I am extremely bullish on the future of this fair as we continue to listen and respond to the needs of the marketplace and produce events that support the local and international ‘art’ ecosystem and drive important international cultural tourism to our city.”
Expo Chicago will be complemented by a number of art events at Chicago’s most venerable institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.