Wednesday, May 06, 2009

NEXT ART FAIR 2009 Chicago, Illinois

written by Don Porcella on assignment in Chicago

This fair was well attended and many galleries that I talked to were selling artwork. There was a gallery from Oakland, CA that was rumored to have sold out their booth, but they notoriously have a lower price point for their emerging artists. There was an excitement and a buzz about the fair signaling that the art market is alive and well. The opening night preview on Thursday was packed and the free drinks sure helped the energy. There were less galleries than last year but that offered a more manageable number of galleries and a less overwhelming experience than last year. The West Collection displayed their 2009 West Prize winners and announced next years opportunities. All in all I really enjoyed this years' NEXT ART FAIR. I think the organizers did a great job of putting together a really interesting art fair at a time when everyone was unsure of what to expect. I am going back to this fair next year.


Mark Wolfe and Katie Torn discussing Alika Cooper's art at Mark Wolfe Contemporary Booth from San Francisco, CA. Mark had several artists that I was excited about including Jacob Tillman.


Richard Haden creates these fantastic objects out of wood at The Dorsch Gallery from Miami, FL.


Richard Haden creates these fantastic objects out of wood at The Dorsch Gallery from Miami, FL.



This is a collaborative team that seemed to have art everywhere at the fair.


Kate Clark at Clair Oliver stole the show.





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