The new and highly anticipated EXPO Chicago just finished its four-day run (Sept. 20–23) with the promise to re-establish Chicago as a top player in the crowded art fair schedule, after the decline and eventual demise of Art Chicago held each spring at the Merchandise Mart. Approximately 100 galleries, many of which had not participated in the Chicago fair for quite some time, returned to Navy Pier, site of the original Chicago International Art Exposition, established in 1980, whose golden years organizer Tony Karman seeks to revive.
Yesterday, pioneering public artist Mary Miss unveiled FLOW: Can You See the River? in Indianapolis, the first in the artist's City as Living Laboratory (CaLL) series of projects that combine art and environmentalism to raise public awareness about issues of sustainability. Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) for its new Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, dedicated to site-specific artworks and environmental research, FLOW "makes visible the importance of the White River to the city of Indianapolis and those living there," Miss told A.i.A.
A new international art fair, exposition CHICAGO, will debut Sept. 19–23, 2012, seizing a slot in the international calendar before October's Frieze Art Fair and FIAC. The surprise venture is spearheaded by Tony Karman, former vice president and director of Art Chicago, and his recently formed Art Expositions LLC, created in partnership with Mark Lyman and Michael Franks of The Art Fair Company, producers of SOFA. Karman, a 30-year veteran in organizing fairs, left Art Chicago last December.
Mixed Media. Courtesy Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, and the artist.
Extraction, the most recent series of mixed media collages