Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Expo Chicago 2013

I just filed my report about this year's Chicago art fair for Hyperallergic.com, and have a few photos left over from the ones that I submitted for the article. My overall impression in a nutshell: Expo Chicago looks like a streamlined version of one of the big art fairs in New York, Miami, or Basel, which means that it's not particularly a place to go and take the pulse of contemporary art, but rather a place to see what the contemporary gallery world think will sell to contemporary collectors. To my eye, that means lots of painting (mostly in very recognizable styles or by very recognizable artists, living and dead), some sculpture, and a very little video. That is not at all necessarily a bad thing. On the other hand, I didn't come away filled with huge inspiration or with my mind blown.

Here are some of the works that I liked (click on an image to embiggen):

Judy Pfaff

Paul Nutt

Tameka Norris

Phillip Taaffe

Byron Kim

Wangechi Mutu

Wesley Kimler

Thomas Schutte/Ai Wei Wei

Shinique Smith

Amy Feldman

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