WBEZ | international art fair http://www.wbez.org/tags/international-art-fair Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Can Expo Chicago make Chicago an international art destination? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-09/can-expo-chicago-make-chicago-international-art-destination-102529 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/620-expo.jpg" title="Expo Chicago, Navy Pier (WBEZ/Lewis Wallace)" /> <a href="http://www.expochicago.com/"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F60474284&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;color=ffe12b" width="100%"></iframe></a></p><p><a href="http://www.expochicago.com/">Expo Chicago </a>is the latest in a long history of attempts to create a truly international art fair in Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p>As Wednesday&#39;s opening night reception approaches, the fair&#39;s site, at Festival Hall on Navy Pier, is a whirl of activity.&nbsp;Workers are unloading wineglasses and polishing floors. Representatives from galleries around the world are taking care of last-minute details.</p><p>Natalia Sacasa is the senior director of Luhring Augustine, a New York gallery. She loves the look of Expo Chicago. &quot;It&rsquo;s beautiful, open space,&quot; she says. &quot;And the mix of galleries is very interesting. It&rsquo;s not the usual group of galleries we see at other international fairs.&quot;<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/230-expo2.jpg" style="float: right;" title="Natalia Sacasa (WBEZ/Lewis Wallace)" /></p><p>Sacasa&rsquo;s gallery has exhibited in Chicago before, and has a base of collectors here.&nbsp;She&rsquo;s excited about the potential of Expo Chicago, but she has one hesitation. &quot;We are wondering if we&rsquo;re going to see collectors from outside of Chicago.&quot;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">Collectors who didn&#39;t show up foiled previous attempts to sustain an international art fair here. So&nbsp;Expo Chicago organizer Tony Karman had his work cut out for him.</div><p>He lured international galleries, and found collaborators across Chicago&rsquo;s art world, from major musuems to emerging dealers. He says he has no doubt that his event will succeed because of the strength of Chicago&#39;s overall art scene. &quot;Our institutions are on fire. Our galleries are on fire. Our curators are on fire. This is our time.&quot;</p><p><em>The opening vernissage for Expo Chicago is Wednesday night. The fair runs through Sunday</em>.</p><p style="">&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-09/can-expo-chicago-make-chicago-international-art-destination-102529