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Out at EXPO CHICAGO 2014

Jazz musician Kurt Elling and gallerist Carl Hammer with works by Miyoko Ito and Ed Paschke 


Out at EXPO CHICAGO 2014


EXPO CHICAGO made a successful return to Navy Pier’s Festival Hall for the third edition of the Windy City’s leading art fair from September 18 to 21, 2014. Featuring 138 galleries from 17 countries and 43 cultural capitals, as well as special exhibitions, and on-site and off-site projects, EXPO CHICAGO 2014 was the centerpiece for EXPO ART WEEK, which included gallery openings, performances, private collection viewings, talks and museum events.

“The inaugural year set our foundation,” Tony Karman told Whitehot Magazine at the VIP preview. “We chose a selection committee, secured Festival Hall at Navy Pier, picked good time in September and worked with Studio Gang Architects, a noted Chicago firm, to construct a dynamic design. That then set the stage for a new fair to arrive in the city of Chicago and the opportunity for year two to draw greater collectors and regional and international support, which obviously has happened. Sales were not overwhelming in the first year, but they were what most galleries expected from a new fair. We wouldn’t be having a third year fair if sales had not been stronger in the second year. I think we’re now moving into a trajectory of strong curatorial efforts matched by equally strong sales.”

Scroll through our photos to see some of the artists, collectors, gallerists, museum curators and directors and art at EXPO CHICAGO 2014 and related EXPO ART WEEK events.

EXPO CHICAGO director Tony Karman with an IN/SITU project by Jessica Stockholder

 Artist and independent curator Alexandria Eregbu and Performa director RoseLee Goldberg at Kavi Gupta Gallery

Lisson Gallery directors Angela Brazda and Alex Logsdail in their booth

Eleven Rivington director Augusto Abrizo with Jackie Saccoccio paintings

Boston gallerist Barbara Krakow with Tam Van Tran at Anthony Meier Fine Arts

Cincinnati Art Museum associate curator Brian Sholis and University of Chicago curator Jacob Proctor with work by Eric May

On Stellar Rays director Candice Madey and AIG art specialist Katja Zigerlig with works by John Houck and Athanasios Argianas

Y Gallery director Cecilia Jurado with Ryan Brown painting

Bortolami director Christine Messineo with Ann Veronica Janssens' work

Chambers Fine Art director Christopher Mao with Zhao Zhao painting

Artist Corban Walker with his work in the FLAG Art Foundation SHAQ LOVES PEOPLE exhibition

Charlie James Gallery directors Dane Johnson and Charlie James with a Ramiro Gomez painting

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit director Elysia Borowy-Reeder and artist Scott Reeder with a Reeder painting at Kavi Gupta Gallery's booth

Andy Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner with Shaquille O'Neal shadow for the FLAG Art Foundation‚ SHAQ LOVES PEOPLE

James Fuentes directors James Michael Scheffer and James Fuentes with a Landon Metz painting

Artist Jason Middlebrook and gallerist Monique Meloche with one of Middlebrook's paintings

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn with work by Huma Bhahba at Salon 94

Jessica Silverman with a Hayal Pozanti painting

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm with artists Tony Tasset and Judy Ledgerwood at Kavi Gupta Gallery's after-party at Parlor

Kavi Gupta and artist Glenn Kaino with work in his solo show at Kavi Gupta Gallery

Phillips Collection curator-at-large Klaus Ottmann with Jacques Villegl piece

Cristin Tierney associate director Maria Kucinski with work by Marmian + Borins

Artist LaToya Ruby Frazier at Kavi Gupta Gallery's after-party at Parlor

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago director Madeleine Grynsztejn and museum consultant Tom Shapiro

NADA's Manuela Paz and Heather Hubbs at EXPO CHICAGO opening

Marianne Boesky with work by Roxy Paine in her booth

Max and Pierre Levai with paintings by Mike Bouchet at Marlborough Chelsea

London gallerist Max Wigram with artists Tavares Strachan and Michael Joo at Kavi Gupta Gallery's after-party at Parlor

Mega-art-collector Mera Rubell and artist Hank Willis Thomas Monique Meloche's reception in her home

Michael Janssen with a Shaan Syed painting in his booth

Artist Mickalene Thomas with new work in her show at Kavi Gupta Gallery

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago curator Naomi Beckwith and artist Dawoud Bey with an Aaron Young painting

Gallerist Nicelle Beauchene with a Magdalena Abakanowicz sculpture at Marlborough Gallery

Body Balancing Pilates owner Sondra Karman and EXPO CHICAGO deputy director Nicole Berry at the VIP champagne toast

Longhouse Projects director Nicole Will with an installation by Ana Cardoso

Hales Gallery co-founder Paul Hedge with work in the gallery's booth

Artist Paula Crown and independent curator and Dallas Art Fair co-director Chris Byrne with Crown's collaboration architect Jeanne Gang

Pavel Zoubok with work by Charles McGill in his booth

Writers and artists Pedro Velez and Robin Dluzen at Kavi Gupta Gallery's after-party at Parlor

Artists Rashid Johnson and Angel Otero at Kavi Gupta Gallery

Sprueth Magers Los Angeles director Sarah Watson and collector Grazka Taylor relaxing in the Northern Trust VIP lounge

Artist Saya Woolfalk with her IN/SITU installation at the fair

Artist Scott Calhoun and gallerist Lisa Cooley

Mega-collector Stefan Edlis relaxing in the VIP lounge

Susanne Vielmetter with work by Patrick Wilson in her booth

Thomas Schulte with work by Jonathan Lasker and Alice Aycock in his booth

Tristian Koenig (far left) with artist Oscar Perry (far right) and visitors at Koenig's booth

Artists William Pope.L and Kori Newkirk at the fair



Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.



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