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Breaking News: Next Art Chicago, Canceled by New American Paintings
February 8, 2012, 12:47 pm
Filed under: Art Fairs, Art Market, Art World | Tags: , ,

We just received word that the long-running Art Chicago fair, which was going to be combined this year with the NEXT Fair  (with a rebranded name of Next Art Chicago), has been canceled. An email from organizers informs us that, “After a thorough analysis of the art fair landscape, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. [MMPI] has determined not to move forward with the production of the 2012 edition of Next Art Chicago, and that Chicago will not remain a primary focus of its art fair business activities.”

The Merchandise Mart continues, stating that, “…While Chicago is home to a thriving arts community, including galleries, world-class museums, theaters, arts-related organizations, along with thousands of art enthusiasts, it is our conclusion that the great majority of the art fair market in the United States has gravitated toward the coasts.  This is where MMPI will be reallocating its considerable resources.”

In addition to Next Art Chicago, the MMPI family of art fairs include: The Armory ShowArt Platform-Los AngelesArt TorontoVOLTA and VOLTA NY.

New American Paintings will continue to keep you updated as we learn more about the closing of the fair. Follow us on Twitter @newampaintings for the latest.

Merchandise Mart entrance, Chicago. Photo Courtesy Art Next Chicago

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their website confirms it:

Comment by Colin Lyons

Wow this is a huge blow to Chi Town and very unfair

Comment by michaelchernoff

Cant believe the City Of Chicago is going to let this International event slip away from them !

Why don’t you get everyone to make a BIG fuss and get a corporate sponsor with VISION to assist it through difficult times ?

Comment by Anne McGravie-Wright

As an attendee of all the past Chicago Art Fairs and a purchaser , I find this an outrage!!!!!
Chicago has a thriving world class art scene and presented an event that was very popular and well attended. Friends came in from all over the country, bought art, and patronized restaurants and hotels. This is very upsetting news and I can only hope that this world class city with theatre, dance, and art can make other arrangements to continue perhaps an Art Expo sponsored by the Mayors cultural director. Hopefully Chicago can make this event happen and leave MM in the dust!

Comment by Debby Dan

There are a series of town halls in regards to the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012. This is perfect to type of issue to bring up at one of these meetings. We need to make sure that our voice is heard and have say in how this cultural plan gets developed. Here’s the link to the CCP2012 website. It’s worth getting involved with this to make sure we’re growing art opportunities and not the opposite!

Comment by Jorge Orozco-Cordero

It’s ok. We have expo Chicago now. Much better.

Comment by jjozwiak

What?? Are you saying that Chicago doesn’t have enough art to attract enough people? This is crazy. Chicago has an amazing and thriving arts community and to cancel this is downright insulting to the city and to artists!

Comment by Rachel

The problem wasn’t whether people came and viewed the art or whether it was a popular event. For the dealers, who pay the exorbitant rents & art shipping costs, they weren’t selling their art because the setting was unfavorable for the display and sale of art. Tony Karman’s new Sept Expo Chicago 2012 show at Navy Pier will revive Chicago’s reputation as the leading edge for contemporary art fairs. Expo Chicago out of the block secured the most heavy hitting powerhouse dealers from around the globe, who were anxious to come back to Chicago with the right promoter and setting. When these dealers come, the customers who can afford to buy this art, who frequent the hotels and restaurants, will follow. And per many people who made the trek to Florida recently for Art Miami, the luster is wearing off down there so this is the perfect time to reclaim our Chicago art crown!

Comment by sally schwartz

I think folks are missing the point here. ArtChicago assessed it wouldn’t be attracting the quality galleries who pay for the space vs. Expo Chicago which will be held in Sept. at a more attractive venue called Navy Pier. The Mart is a great for furniture, not so much for world-class art.

Comment by Deef

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