The article alludes to the nostalgic and world-class art fairs that used to reign in Chicago, and shows confidence that EXPO CHICAGO is just the show to reimagine past success. President and Director, Tony Karman, “is trying to re-create the contemporary and modern art show that once drew top-tier collectors and galleries from around the world to Chicago.”
EXPO CHICAGO debuts in September 2012, at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. The article lays out the gallery owners already lined up to exhibit at EXPO CHICAGO, including David Zwirner (New York), Richard Gray (Chicago) and Karsten Greve (Germany). Studio Gang Architects, led by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, has signed on to redesign Navy Pier’s Festival Hall for the show.
“This is more than an art fair. It’s good for the city. It’s going to bring collectors from all over the world, and not just for art. They’ll be staying in hotels and eating at restaurants and listening to music all around the city,” says Howard Stone.
Festival Hall’s towering 55-foot ceilings and expansive presentation space allows for unprecedented opportunities for large scale installations.
The article also acknowledges that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has praised the addition of EXPO CHICAGO to the city.
Emmaline Niendorf is an Integrated Marketing Associate with Otherwise Incorporated.