Amanda Schneider

April 28, 2011 @ Chicago

This year, Art Chicago, the International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art, joined forces with NEXT, the International Exhibition of Emerging Art, to present a mix of art, talks, performances, special projects and book signings at the massive Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Art Chicago hosted some 120 exhibitors from more than 45 cities worldwide, while NEXT featured 42. The Museum of Contemporary Art's First Focus kicked off the day; but it was Shepard Fairey, whose new paintings of fake record covers overflowed from Robert Berman Gallery's booth into the Mart and onto the streets of Chicago, that got collectors dancing in the aisles.—Paul Laster