Last night's Art Chicago art fair party cluster was a fun time, as always. Lots of people, wine, and some occasional bags of pretzels for sustenance... It was hard to see much of the art, especially since I don't like crowds and usually just try to get from one open spot to the next. I was grateful I'd been able to preview the booths earlier in the day.
A stop at the Antiques Fair was a nice respite of calm, and many familiar offerings were back this year (a dining room table I've coveted for 3 years from Hares Antiques in the UK - really, you could just leave it with me during the other 51 weeks a year, and I'll loan it back for the fair!) Antiques is where you can try on fabulous jewels, learn mini history lessons, and admire the polished, pretty things.
Shepard Fairey was on fire DJ'ing at NEXT - there were some bold dance moves from surprising guests of all ages, and the space was a nice spot to take a break, enjoy a drink and people-watch. Now that I've been back at the show, the booths don't seem quite as short as I'd thought, but I think they could be a little bigger to help the dealers out... For next year: my friend remarked last night that her favorite past spectacle on preview night was the tattooing lady... We say bring her back!
The Art Loop Open booths on 12 were a welcome change - not as Artist Project as I'd expected. Duncan Robert Anderson managed to fit several of his intriguing, meticulous sculptures in a small space and take advantage of his end-corner location by New Insight. I spent too much time at New Insight looking for photography by a friend of a friend, and will have to go back today to see the whole booth a little better. Today is the day when buyers come back anyway, and there is all the programming to enjoy. Even though we finally have a sunny day, I hope people come and take a good look at all that's on floors 12 and 8 today.
For the CGN office, it means we'll be on the 500 aisle in the main info booth, promoting the galleries, Chicago's visual arts, tomorrow's trolleys, and of course telling people where the bathrooms are...
Oh, we'll have free candy, so stop by!