Filed under: Art Fairs, Art Market, Art World | Tags: Art Chicago, art fair, Expo Chicago, Josh Reams, NEXT ART CHICAGO, NEXT Art Fair, Robin Dluzen, Steven Zevitas
New American Paintings headed to the Windy City over the weekend to check out Expo Chicago, which was, in effect, an attempted reboot of Art Chicago in its glory days. Art Chicago was the first art fair that NAP publisher/editor, Steven Zevitas, ever attended. That was 17 years ago…
Art Chicago’s history has been a roller coaster ride. In its heyday, it was the preeminent art fair in the country, and it attracted gallerists and collectors from all over the world. By the late 1990s, though, things started to change. The emergence of The Armory Show in New York and then Miami Basel zapped the life out of the fair, and by the mid-2000s, Art Chicago was teetering on the edge of ruin. In 2006, the Merchandise Mart (MMPI) stepped in to save the fair at the last moment when it became clear that the fair’s tent would not be ready in time. From 2006 – 2011, Art Chicago (Artropolis) was held at the gargantuan Merchandise Mart Building. For many years our magazine had a booth, and it’s where Zevitas participated in four installments of the NEXT Art Fair with his own project, Steven Zevitas Gallery. The gallery was supposed to participate for the 5th year in a row, but MMPI pulled the plug on the fair earlier this year.
A greeting to website visitors on ArtChicago.com
Filed under: Q&A, Vote! | Tags: 2012, BLICK Art Materials, Brian Fee, Erin Payne, NAP, NEXT ART CHICAGO, Reader's Choice
Erin Payne (NAP #93, MFA ANNUAL) has been selected by our blog readers as the winner of this year’s New American Paintings Reader’s Choice Prize. The Prize is a $500 gift card sponsored by Blick Art Materials, and, thanks to NEXT ART CHICAGO, Payne will also have a painting hung at the fair in April.
Thanks to our sponsors mentioned above, and to you, “The Reader,” for making this award possible (and fun). After the jump, read a conversation between Payne and our Austin Contributor, Brian Fee, and see more of Payne’s work.
Filed under: Noteworthy, Vote! | Tags: Ann Toebbe, Annual Prize, BLICK Art Materials, Brion Nuda Rosch, Chicago, Daniela Rivera, Erik Parker, Erin Payne, Jeremy Couillard, Joe Bussell, Josh Reames, Maja Ruznic, Marcus Jansen, Marcus Kenney, NEXT ART CHICAGO, Vote, William Betts
Our final New American Paintings’ issue of 2011 is out on newsstands, so it’s once again time to ask our readers who they think deserves some extra attention. We are pleased to present the New American Paintings’ Second Annual Prize, which includes two components:
- $1,000 cash prize and a $500 gift certificate, sponsored by BLICK Art Materials, will be awarded to one of New American Paintings‘ 12 Noteworthy artists featured this year. The winner will be determined by a panel of distinguished curators (Stay tuned to learn more about our panel soon).
- $500 gift certificate sponsored by BLICK Art Materials, with the winner decided by YOU, our reader! Take a look at all 12 of this year’s Noteworthy artists after the jump and VOTE NOW!
Thanks to our sponsor Next Art Chicago, the two winners will also be prominently displayed at the Next Art Chicago fair at the Merchandise Mart, April 27th – April 29th, 2012.
Voting is open through January 7 (one vote per computer)
The winner of the Reader’s Choice will be announced by Friday, January 13th, and the winner of the Annual Prize will be announced January 20.