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.
It's an excellent exhibit, full of wonderful surprises. I previewed it yesterday. Everyone was casual, but focused-- anxiously optimistic.
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.
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.
There are not many shows that have both Ebony Patterson and Wilhelm de Kooning. This show does.
I'll be there a lot. Say hi.