Charles Pfahl - Valentine - 100 X 60 oil on canvas - 2011 - Gallery 101/ Exhibit - Booth 313

April 21 to May 2, 2011 – Art Chicago – The Merchandise Mart

Art Chicago will once again offer curators, collectors, artists and art enthusiasts a comprehensive survey of current and historic work – from cutting-edge to modern masters – in a wide variety of media including: painting, photography, drawings, prints, sculpture, video and special installations. Art Chicago will feature events throughout the weekend, enticing both the novice and experienced collector. New this year, Art Chicago will be co-located on the 12th Floor with NEXT®, the critically acclaimed complement fair to Art Chicago, will be co-located on the 12th Floor with Art Chicago. NEXT is an invitational exhibition of emerging art includes which features a showcase for the world’s talents.
Another advantage of showcasing both fairs on one combined floor will highlight the unique programming that both fairs have offered to attendees over the years. NEXT’s venue for critical discourse, the Talk Shop, will relocate to the south side of the 12th floor and host the third annual CONVERGE: Contemporary Curators Forum panel series. The Talk Shop will also serve as the venue for the discussions previously presented at the Art Chicago Art Spot as part of Art Chicago Speaks. All conference and panel programming across both fairs will now be presented in one, centralized location on the 12th floor, which will allow visitors to better plan their itineraries and maximize their exposure to the key educational components of both fairs. The combination of both fairs on the 12th floor further supports a greater synergy of events and programming with a concentration of the special exhibitions that were formerly split between the two floors. New Insight, a curated exhibition of work by students from the country’s most influential MFA programs, juried by Suzanne Ghez, Director of The Renaissance Society, will now be presented on the 12th floor, as will NEXT Projects, a platform for large scale installations, performances, and sculpture by NEXT artists on view in an open, contemplative setting unencumbered by the traditional booth format. Other floor wide exhibitions and focus sections unique to each fair are in development for 2011. Past features have included Salute to Realism, Survey America, and Perspective Texas at Art Chicago and The Spanish Edge and Goffo at NEXT. Concentrating these programmed spaces and exhibitions on one show floor will further support the participating galleries and allow audiences to enjoy a more integrated viewing experience.

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