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EXPO Chicago 2018 Entering Its Seventh Year as a Leading International Art Fair

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July 30, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in critical theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

Presented by Art Expositions, LLC, EXPO CHICAGO 2018, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, enters its seventh year as a leading international art fair. Returning to Navy Pier ’s Festival Hall in Chicago this September.

This year, the fair will bring together 135 leading international exhibitors presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. Its diverse programming will include /Dialogues, IN/SITU, IN/SITU Outside, EXPO VIDEO, the Curatorial Forum, the Art Critics Forum, Special Exhibitions, EXPO Sound and OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project.

In addition, there will be the interview marathon titled Creative Chicago, hosted by Hans Ulrich Obrist and presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival. The first-ever in the US, the program is funded by The Terra Foundation for American Art’s year-long initiative Art Design Chicago, and in alignment with EXPO CHICAGO at Navy Pier.

Under the leadership of President and Director Tony Karman, EXPO CHICAGO 2018 continues to draw upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant international cultural destination, while highlighting the region’s contemporary arts community and inspiring its collector base.

Work by Gerald Williams on view at EXPO CHICAGO at Navy Pier
Work by Gerald Williams, courtesy of Kavi Gupta Gallery

The Exhibitors of EXPO CHICAGO 2018

This year’s edition of EXPO CHICAGO will welcome 135 leading international exhibitors, including strong returning galleries and notable first-time additions representing 27 countries and 63 cities from around the world.

Highlights of the program include Gavin Brown’s enterprise from New York and Rome; Carbon12 from Dubai, first-ever gallery to participate from the UAE, with solo presentation of Sara Rahbar; Daniel Faria Gallery from Toronto, featuring Douglas Coupland and Kristine Moran; GALLERY HYUNDAI from Seoul; Instituto de Visión from Bogotá, first ever participating gallery from Colombia, featuring Nicolas Consuegra and Marlon de Azambuja; Kalfayan Galleries from Athens, Thessaloniki; Martos Gallery from New York, with solo presentation of recent New York Artadia awardee Jessica Vaughn; Mendes Wood DM from São Paulo, Brussels and New York, with a solo presentation of Brazilian artist Paulo Nazareth; Nahmad Projects from London, focusing on the work of Dutch-American artist Jan Frank; PKM Gallery from Seoul; Stuart Shave / Modern Art from London; Galerie Barbara Thumm from Berlin, with solo presentation of Teresa Burga; and Yares Art from New York, Palm Springs and Santa Fe, featuring seminal artists from the Color Field school.

Among returning galleries to EXPO CHICAGO are BorzoGallery from Amsterdam and GRIMM from Amsterdam, New York, presenting a solo exhibition of historical works by Dutch artist Ger van Elk; Rena Bransten Gallery from San Francisco and Stephen Daiter Gallery from Chicago, with a solo presentation of MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey; Ceysson & Bénétière from Paris, Saint-Étienne, Luxembourg and New York; Richard Gray Gallery from Chicago and New York; Edwynn Houk Gallery from New York, Zürich; Paul Kasmin Gallery from New York; David Lewis Gallery from New York, with historic works by Thornton Dial and Mary Beth Edelson; Perrotin from New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai, among others.

In addition to the showcase of leading international galleries, EXPO CHICAGO 2018 will feature various sections including EXPOSURE, dedicated to solo and two artist presentations by galleries eight years and younger, curated by Creative Time Executive Director Justine Ludwig; PROFILE, highlighting single-artist installations and focused thematic exhibitions by established international galleries; Editions + Books, featuring artist books, editions, and multiples; and Special Exhibitions, highlighting curated booths by non-profit organizations.

At EXPO Chicago, there will also be a presentation of the first ever National YoungArts Foundation Daniel Arsham Fellow at booth 471. SHENEQUA is a local interdisciplinary textile artist whose new wall-mounted sculptural works are hand-woven with hair extensions in intricate and geometric patterns.

The List of Exhibitors

Main Section Galleries
Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco
Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach
Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis
Bortolami, New York
BorzoGallery, Amsterdam
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco
Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, Rome
CarrerasMugica, Bilbao
Century Pictures, Brooklyn
Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables
Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris, Saint-Étienne, Luxembourg, New York
James Cohan, New York
Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago
Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago
DC Moore Gallery, New York
De Buck Gallery, New York, Antwerp, Saint Paul de Vence
Galerie Division, Montréal, Toronto
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, New York
Flowers Gallery, London, New York
Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee
Fort Gansevoort, New York
Forum Gallery, New York
David Gill Gallery, London
Michael Goedhuis, London, New York, Beijing
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, New York
Garth Greenan Gallery, New York
GRIMM, Amsterdam, New York
Kavi Gupta, Chicago
Hackett Mill, San Francisco
HDM Gallery, Beijing, London
Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
The Hole, New York
Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, Zürich
Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, New York
Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Thessaloniki
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
Anton Kern Gallery, New York
Tina Kim Gallery, New York
David Klein Gallery, Detroit, Birmingham
Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco
Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago
Lévy Gorvy, New York, London, Shanghai
David Lewis Gallery, New York
Library Street Collective, Detroit
Long-Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis, New York
Galeria Javier Lopez & Fer Frances, Madrid
Luhring Augustine, New York, Brooklyn
Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, Los Angeles
Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles
MARUANI MERCIER, Brussels, Knokke, Paris
McCormick Gallery, Chicago
Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brussels, New York
Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, Johannesburg
Nahmad Projects, London
David Nolan Gallery, New York
Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco
Richard Norton Gallery, Chicago
October Gallery, London
Claire Oliver Gallery, New York
ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul
Peres Projects, Berlin
Perrotin, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai
PKM Gallery, Seoul
P.P.O.W, New York
Praz-Delavallade, Paris, Los Angeles
R & Company, New York
Roberts Projects, Los Angeles
Ronchini Gallery, London
rosenfeld porcini, London
Royale Projects, Los Angeles
Galerie RX, Paris
Salon 94, New York
Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto
Vito Schnabel Gallery, Engadine Valley
Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Florence
Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago
Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London
William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis
Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
Simoens Gallery, Knokke
Sims Reed Gallery, London
SmithDavidson Gallery, Amsterdam, Miami
Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami
Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York
Stene Projects Gallery, Stockholm
Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong
Tandem Press, Madison
TEMPLON, Paris, Brussels
Vallarino Fine Art, New York
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles
Weinstein Hammons Gallery, Minneapolis
Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia
Yares Art, New York, Palm Springs, Santa Fe
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago
Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York
David Zwirner, New York, London, Hong Kong
EXPOSURE galleries:
313 Art Project, Seoul | Lee Wan
Amar Gallery, London | Renee Cox and Guerrilla Girls
Piero Atchugarry, Garzón, Miami | Verónica Vázquez and Lungiswa Gqunta
BEERS London, London | William LaChance
Club Pro Los Angeles, Los Angeles | Alake Shilling
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles | Caitlin Cherry and Peter Williams
Dio Horia, Athens, Mykonos | Maja Djordjevic
Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles | Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Jason Bailer Losh
Edel Assanti, London | Sorel Etrog
Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto | Douglas Coupland and Kristine Moran
FOLD, London | Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen and Magnus Pettersen
Fridman Gallery, New York | Nathaniel Lewis
Geary, New York | Suzette Bross
Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York | Julie Schenkelberg and Marjolijn de Wit
Grice Bench, Los Angeles | Margaret Honda
MARIANE IBRAHIM, Seattle | Clotilde Jimenez
Instituto de Visión, Bogotá | Nicolas Consuegra and Marlon de Azambuja
KANT, Copenhagen | Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen and Magnus Pettersen
Klowden Mann, Culver City | Andrea Chung and Katie Herzog
LAZY Mike, Los Angeles, Moscow | Daniel Lergon
Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels | Haseeb Ahmed and Ella Littwitz
NINO MIER GALLERY, Los Angeles, Cologne | Jansson Stegner
Moskowitz Bayse, Los Angeles | Alexa Guariglia and Anthony Miserendino
Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles | Amir H. Fallah and Naudline Pierre
Night Gallery, Los Angeles | Awol Erizku
NOME, Berlin | Kirsten Stolle and Xiyadie
Officine dell'lmmagine, Milan | Verónica Vázquez and Lungiswa Gqunta
ROCKELMANN&, Berlin | Megan Stroech and Bailey Romaine
Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco | Johnny Abrahams and Joseph Hart
Sapar Contemporary, New York | Phoebe Boswell
SIM Galeria, Curitiba, São Paulo | Carmelo Arden Quin and James English Leary
Catinca Tabacaru, New York, Harare | Joe Brittain and Yapci Ramos
Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto | Lili Huston-Herterich and Jim Verburg
PROFILE Galleries:
Carbon12, Dubai | Sara Rahbar
Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles | Ruth Pastine
Chambers Fine Art, New York, Beijing | Fu Xiaotong
Derek Eller Gallery, New York | Karl Wirsum
Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York | Sam Contis
Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles | Ursula Schulz-Dornburg
Martos Gallery, New York | Jessica Vaughn
MARUANI MERCIER, Brussels, Knokke, Paris | George Shaw
Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin | Teresa Burga
Editions +Books:
Art+Culture Projects, New York
Boreas Fine Art, Chicago
Candor Arts, Chicago
Downtown for Democracy U.S.A.
Independent Curators International (ICI), New York
Index Art Book Fair, Mexico City
LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), Los Angeles
NFP Editions | Field Editions, Tate Editions, Royal Academy of Arts
One, All, Every.
René Schmitt, Berlin, WOL
Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago
TASCHEN, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Milan

The Program of EXPO CHICAGO Fair

Alongside the gallery program, EXPO CHICAGO 2018 will present IN/SITU, EXPO VIDEOand EXPOSURE programs.

Curated by Pablo León de la Barra, Curator at large, Latin America, IN/SITU features large-scale, suspended sculptures and site-specific works installed within the expansive, vaulted architecture of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall.

Curated by Anna Gritz, KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin Curator, EXPO VIDEO features a dynamic, curated screening program for film, video and new media works by artists represented by 2018 exhibitors.

Curated by Justine Ludwig for the second year, Deputy Director/Chief Curator at Dallas Contemporary, the EXPOSURE section will be installed on the main floor of the exposition, featuring solo and two-artist presentations represented by galleries eight years and younger.

As part of the /Dialogues programming presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, EXPO CHICAGO will present continuous programming open to all visitors throughout each day of the fair, providing multiple opportunities to attend provocative artistic discourse. The program will bring together leading international artists, curators, scholars and arts professionals, presenting some of the most engaging, thought-provoking discussions in modern and contemporary art.

Highlights of the EXPO CHICAGO program include conversations with artists Dawoud Bey on the Underground Railroad, Iván Navarro on Institutional Structures of Power, Sean Raspet on Immersion and the Senses, Dr. Daniel Berger on the ART+Positive Archives, Panel on the U.S. Pavilion Dimensions of Citizenship at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, and Select Book Signings with Leading Publishers. Additional /Dialogues programming includes the Symposium Present Histories with Performance by Brendan Fernandes, Torkwase Dyson and Kay Rosen on the Feminist History of Alternative Spaces, Theaster Gates on the Johnson Publishing Archives, Founding Member of AfriCOBRA Gerald Williams with the Terra Foundation for American Art’s Initiative Art Design Chicago, and Exchange by Northern Trust: An Interactive Conversation Around the Art of Collecting to Feature Leading Art Market Professionals.

The Location of EXPO Chicago 2018 at Navy Pier

Practical Information

EXPO CHICAGO 2018 will take place at Navy Pier ’s Festival Hall in Chicago from September 27th until September 30th, 2018. The vernissage with a benefit for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, presented by the MCA Women’s Board will be held on Thursday, September 27th, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The doors of the fair will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The price of the One-Day Pass will be $20, the Three-Day Pass will be $30, while a Guided Tour + One-Day Pass will be $20.

For more information and news, visit the official website of the fair.

Ivan Navarro - El Rayo Verde, 2018.
Left and Right: Ivan Navarro – El Rayo Verde, 2018. Green fluorescent light, mirror, one-way mirror, aluminum, wood and electric energy. 86 x 39 1/2 inches. 218.4 x 100.3 cm. 5 + 3 inches (depth for removable handle). 12.7 + 7.6 cm. Paul Kasmin Gallery
Thornton Dial - Ground Zero - Decorating the Eye, 2002 on view at EXPO CHICAGO
Thornton Dial. Ground Zero: Decorating the Eye. 2002. Clothing, enamel, spray paint, and Splash Zone compound on canvas on wood. 76.5 x 108 x 4 inches. 194.3 x 274.3 x 10.2 cm. TD017. Courtesy David Lewis, New York. © Estate of Thornton Dial; Collection of Souls Grown Deep Foundation.
Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Pool Hall, 2017, Thornton Dial - Setting the Table, 2003 on view at EXPO CHICAGO
Left: Nathaniel Mary Quinn – Pool Hall, 2017. Oil paint, paint stick, oil pastel, gouache, acrylic gold paint on canvas. 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy Rhona Hoffman Gallery / Right: Thornton Dial. Setting the Table, 2003. Shoes, gloves, bedding, beaded car-seat cover, cloth carpet, artificial flowers, crushed paint cans, found metal, frying pan, cooking utensils, chain, wood, Splash Zone compound, oil, and enamel on canvas on wood. 75 x 74.5 x 8 inches. 190.5 x 189.2 x 20.3 cm, TD038. Courtesy David Lewis, New York
Gerald Williams - Portrait Y, 1970–2007 on view at EXPO CHICAGO
Left: Gerald Williams – Portrait Y, 1970–2007. Acrylic on linen. 24 x 18 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago / Right: Work by Gerald Williams, founding member of AfriCOBRA. Image courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago
Brendan Fernandes - Révérence, US Pavilion: Dimensions of Citizenship at Biennale Architettura 2018 on view at EXPO CHICAGO
Left: Brendan Fernandes – Révérence, courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago / Right: US Pavilion: Dimensions of Citizenship at Biennale Architettura 2018
Ivan Navarro - Ladder (Water Tower), 2014 on view at EXPO CHICAGO
Ivan Navarro – Ladder (Water Tower), 2014. Neon, wood, painted steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, mirror, one-way mirror, and electric energy. 189 x 105 x 105 inches
Goldsholl and Associates, Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Kleenex X-Periments (Sneeze, Road, Glove Love, Birds, Scratch), 1960s on view at EXPO CHICAGO
Goldsholl and Associates, Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Kleenex X-Periments (Sneeze, Road, Glove Love, Birds, Scratch), 1960s. 16 mm- film, 12:48 minutes. Image courtesy of the Chicago Film Archives and the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University.

Featured images: Militant Eroticism-The ART+Positive Archives. Courtesy of Dr. Daniel Berger; US Pavilion: Dimensions of Citizenship at Biennale Architettura 2018; Dawoud Bey photo installation at St. John’s Episcopal Church for FRONT International. Courtesy of EXPO CHICAGO, /Dialogues, presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute. All images courtesy EXPO Chicago 2018.