Friday, April 29, 2011

Art Chicago & NEXT

Chicago's annual Artropolis is open this Friday through Monday.  Comprised of three exhibitions, Art Chicago, NEXT, and the International Antiques Fair, this year's fest also has a lot of great side components.  I took a peek through some of the fair last night and really enjoyed the offerings from Carl Hammer Gallery, including an early painting from 1969 by Karl Wirsum, some always amazing huge scroll drawings by Henry Darger, and pieces by artists Martin Ramirez, Chris Ware, Joseph Yoakum, C. J. Pyle, and Michael Hernandez de Luna.

The NEXT portion of the fair had a nice selection of fresh art.  There was a lot of representation by Chicago galleries and collectives including Johalla Projects, Reuben Kincaid Project, the Post Family, and ACRE.  Pieces by Sighn, Ryan Duggan, Thorne Brandt, Tom Burtonwood, James Jankowiak, and Edie Fake were among my favorites.

1K Projectspace, a curatorial program run by Nina Bovasso in Amsterdam, had a wonderful series of  acrylic and watercolor on paper paintings by Heidi Britt Anderson.  I especially liked the mass of Snoopy-like dog heads that was being presented as a raffle prize.

Shepard Fairey, aka Obey Giant, DJ'd a 3 hour set during the preview.  He was also well represented by a show of album cover art at the Robert Berman Gallery booth complete with a vintage record player featuring a 78rpm record with a label by Shepard Fairey.

I'm going back to the fair today because I only scratched the surface last night.  I'll also add pictures to this post later on...

Artropolis: Art Chicago, NEXT, and the International Antiques Fair
at the Merchandise Mart at Wells and the Chicago River
Friday through Monday, April 29 to May 2, 2011
Here's a link to a free pair of passes to the fair

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