Fair Game by William Dolan

Art Chicago | NEXT

Once again the Merchandise Mart became Artropolis for the last weekend in April — the collection of Chicago’s annual major art fairs. Although smaller than previous years, they were well-attended and the energy level was high. Unless you were looking for a lot of blue chip work, there was something for almost everyone. In addition to art, there were panel discussions, other programs, New Insights (up-and-coming MFA grads) and more, making the fair a trade show of sorts, an area where the Mart excels.

For the first time, NEXT shared the floor with ArtChicago. It also seemed to be a little more tame. There were no antique Firebirds crashing into each other, heavily armed ice cream trucks or Jello wrestling. It did have thumping music and free-flowing Grolsch during the opening party, though.

Throughout its histories, the Chicago fairs have ebbed and flowed. I hope they get back to full strength in the future, helping Chicago retain its status as a player in the art world.

Linda Warren | Chicago

Linda Warren | Chicago

Boma Modern | Santa Fe

Boma Modern | Santa Fe

Martin du Louvre | Paris

Martin du Louvre | Paris

Forum Gallery | New York

Forum Gallery | New York

Carl Hammer | Chicago

Carl Hammer | Chicago

Catto Gallery | London

Catto Gallery | London

Woolff Gallery | London

Woolff Gallery | London

Tony Folliard Gallery | Milwaukee

Tony Folliard Gallery | Milwaukee

Thomas Masters | Chicago

Thomas Masters | Chicago

Walter Wickisier Gallery | New York

Walter Wickisier Gallery | New York

Diana Lowenstein Fine Art | Miami

Diana Lowenstein Fine Art | Miami

Villa del Arte Galleries | Barcelona

Villa del Arte Galleries | Barcelona

101 Exhibit | Miami

101 Exhibit | Miami

Jerald Melberg Gallery | Charlette

Jerald Melberg Gallery | Charlette

Verve Gallery | Fort Lauderdale

Verve Gallery | Fort Lauderdale

Russell Bowman Art Advisory | Chicago

Russell Bowman Art Advisory | Chicago

Contessa Gallery | Cleveland

Contessa Gallery | Cleveland

Eight Modern | Santa Fe

Eight Modern | Santa Fe

Jill George Gallery | London

Jill George Gallery | London

Alpha Gallery | Boston

Alpha Gallery | Boston

Rize Art Gallery | Amsterdam, Naarden

Rize Art Gallery | Amsterdam, Naarden

George Billis | New York, Los Angeles

George Billis | New York, Los Angeles

Western Exhibitions | Chicago

Western Exhibitions | Chicago

Balloon | Chicago

Balloon | Chicago

Molesworth Gallery | Dublin

Molesworth Gallery | Dublin

Mixed Greens | New York

Mixed Greens | New York

New Insight

New Insight

New Insight

New Insight

Christina Ray | New York

Christina Ray | New York

NEXT Projects

NEXT Projects

NEXT Projects

NEXT Projects