Expo Chicago is running right now at Navy Pier and ends Sunday, April 10.
The galleries and artists shown here are not chosen at random but there is something random to it. The art is all outstanding but there is plenty that isn't depicted that is just as solid. What strikes people is often different.
This collection does include pieces I felt were among the best in the entire fair, notably the work by Danuel Méndez shown by Cernuda Arte (Coral Gables). Los Ojos de la Cazadora is acrylic on canvas and El Huésped is oil on canvas. There is a mix of the real and the surreal here. The pieced even have a hint of defacement. It calls to mind post World War 2 that disfigured their work to make it reflect the damaged world of the time.
Should WE Become Bed & Breakfast People? by Jonni Cheatwood shown by Makasiini Contemporary (Turku, Finland) features the Brazilian-American artist's trademark psychological inquiry. The work is part domestic portrait and part interior monologue on canvas.
The third piece below by Ania Hobson and shown by Steve Turner (Los Angeles) has a hot carnal comic book vibe. There were other striking pieces by her as well and spending some time at this booth is a must.
They often made the molds for the sculptures in storefront windows in the Bronx. This is really art of the community but it is more than that it is a memorialization of a time and the people of that time.
The two larger pieces below are, obviously, wildly different in style.
Shulamit Nazarin (Los Angeles) had the piece on the right by Summer Wheat. Love Birds (left) is acylic paint and gouache on aluminum mesh. This makes me wish I looked more closely at this piece. That is an odd mixture of media!
Harpers (New York, East Hampton, Los Angeles) had work by Allie McGhee, the piece on the right. It is acrylic and enamel on canvas.