Expo Chicago Surpasses Itself

Expo Chicago 2015 at Navy Pier opens today, Thursday, September 17th, with a private reception--and to the public on Friday. It's really quite excellent. It's hard to maintain an upward trajectory. They've surpassed themselves again. Tony Karman and staff have a lot to be proud of.

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It's an excellent exhibit, full of wonderful surprises. I previewed it yesterday. Everyone was casual, but focused-- anxiously optimistic.

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Some of these fairs are ostentatious; some erudite; some look like dorm rooms with the beds removed but the mess, and the dorm art, still in place; some are satellite fairs balancing the behemoths, and some are for the also-rans. Expo Chicago is unique. It's way bigger than regional. Yet just about manageable. And amazing galleries have brought amazing art.

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There are new and/or small galleries from far away who've come with a suitcase full of conviction, made possible by the fairs ability to provide them affordable space. There are print publishers and curated exhibitions. The quality and the breadth are impressive.

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There are not many shows that have both Ebony Patterson and Wilhelm de Kooning. This show does.

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I'll be there a lot. Say hi.

Warmly,
Paul