Expo Chicago, which runs in the Navy Pier’s Festival Hall through Sunday.
And we’re back. After a modest summer break, the American art market reconvened this week in Chicago for the third edition of the Expo Chicago fair. Some 140 dealers are here from around the world, a diverse list that includes heavyweights like Lisson, David Zwirner, and Matthew Marks alongside secondary market specialists of various stripes and young dealers, like Hannah Hoffman (from Los Angeles), Brand New (Milan), and Blackston (New York).
The room was quiet when the doors opened today at noon, but by late in the afternoon the aisles were humming with art types and the odd celebrity. There was Shaquille O’Neal, in a mossy green blazer, doing a victory lap for the show he curated at the Flag Art Foundation’s booth—”Shaq Loves People,” it’s called—and, over there, George Lucas, who’s planning a Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago. Alice Walton, alas, showed up last night, strolling through the fair before even today’s VIPs could have their look.
Fair three, the theory goes, is the make or break one. Some of the glamour of the first two editions has waned, and it’s time to get down to business. Will Expo be a success? Everyone’s optimistic, but it is, of course, too soon to say. No one seems to have come with eight-figure works, but plenty did show up with works safely in six figures.
There are some very strong booths, like Michael Rosenfeld’s, which he’s stocked with Bob Thompson, Nancy Grossman, and Alfred Jensen, among other underrated figures—and Matthew Marks’s, which sports a Michel Majerus text painting (“LESS”), a white Anne Truitt monochrome, and a Robert Gober.
Below, a quick look at highlights from the fair.
Jackie Saccocio burners at Eleven Rivington, which runs two locations down on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
The booth of powerhouse Lisson, which has galleries in Singapore, London, Milan, and soon New York. Anish Kapoor, Haroon Mirza, Ryan Gander, Tony Cragg, all pictured, plus quite a bit more.
Supremely hypnotic Owen Kydd videos and classic Robert Heinecken at Beverly Hills dealer Marc Selwyn.
New York’s Lisa Cooley gallery, a force on the Lower East Side, showed up at the fair with a fresh batch of fleshy Alan Reid paintings.
A thousand times yes. A wall of brown tape by Thomas Kovachevick and some little works by Sadie Benning.
Tom Price and Trenton Doyle Hancock at London’s Hales gallery.
At Salon 94, Terry Adkins up high, with a long array of cymbals. To the right, wall works and a sculpture by Huma Bhabha.
Barbara Mathes had this choice red wall, with Rauschenberg, Baldessari, Warhol, and Kusama. Not pictured: a tiny Andre—just two squares of metal, hiding in plain sight.
Franz West at David Zwirner.
The David Zwirner heat continues—a Flavin ‘Tatlin’ sculpture and a Bridget Riley.
Massimo de Carlo, of Milan and London, sporting new gradient paintings by Rob Pruitt.
Landon Metz at New York’s James Fuentes gallery.
San Francisco’s Hackett Mill built a maze of walls in its booth to show an array of work, including strong West Coast mid-century painting. Here, Richard Diebenkorn and David Park.
A Elijah Burgher, part of the “In/Situ” special section curated by Renaud Proch.
New Rachel Beach sculptures at New York’s Blackston gallery.
A quartet of Warhols! Wrong. They’re vintage copies or repetitions (or pick another word) by Sturtevant and Richard Pettibone, on offer at Tokyo’s Shoichiro gallery.
Cheryl Pope’s “In/Situ” work.
Michael Rosenfeld stocked his booth with unusual pleasures, like a little Bob Thompson painting from 1965, a 1969 Nancy Grossmann bondage mask sculpture, and an Alfred Jensen painting. Real treats.
Xaviera Simmons and Sanford Biggers at David Castillo Gallery.
A trio of Wendy Whites at David Castillo.
Seoul’s One and J. Gallery.
Los Angeles’ Marc Foxx gallery covered the floor of its booths with 3,600 unique prints on mylar by Carter Mull.
They show some intriguing Internet-browsing experiences.
Fredericks & Freiser and Garth Greenan Gallery, both New York outfits, split a booth, Freiser hanging a 2011 John Wesley dead center. A stunner.
Richard Gray, a hometown gallery that also operates out of New York, has a beautiful central room—from left to right: a Mark di Suvero, a James Rosenquist, and a John Chamberlain. Hiding in the back? That’s a handsome little Hockney.
Best booth in the show? Matthew Marks, of New York and London, is a strong frontrunner. It’s luxuriously spacious in there, and I’d like to spend a few hours in it. Here, a Robert Gober, a Luigi Ghirri off in the distance, and a banger Terry Winters at right.
More Marks, and what a thing! A Michel Majerus painting with a full wall all to itself.
The view from above.