What's It Worth? by Leslie Hindman

SOFA Returns to Chicago's Navy Pier


SOFA Chicago Exhibition Hall

The Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair, known as SOFA, returns to the Festival Hall of Chicago's Navy Pier Nov 6-8 to celebrate its 16th year.

The extensive display features masterworks from 68 top international galleries and dealers. The Fair will also feature 5 special exhibits by renowned museums, universities and arts organizations, as well as 33 lecture series presentations, all included in the admission price.

For an additional $50, the public is welcome to attend the opening night preview from 7-9 on Thursday evening, which includes wine and hors d'oeuvres.

This year introduces SOLO, a program that designates space for galleries to highlight their cutting edge artists. Founding director of SOFA, Mark Lyman says, "We're very excited about the launch of SOLO at SOFA, for example Bullseye Gallery's (Portland, OR) focus on Australian Klaus Moje's virtuoso kiln-cast glass, and Sienna Gallery's (Lenox, MA) presentation of avant-garde jewelers Lauren Kalman and Arthur Hash.

Also planned is a Sam Maloof Tribute Weekend to honor the lifework of the late furniture master, including an Opening Night dinner to benefit the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts."

Other highlights include Tel Aviv, Israel's Litvak Gallery's installation of Czech optical glass master, Vaclav Ciglar's Spheres, created as an "event... a living organism, co-created and transformed by the presence of observers"; California's William Zimmer Gallery exhibits a comprehensive survey of Contemporary Studio Furniture; Ferrin Gallery of Pittsfield, MA presents a survey of sculptors integrating three dimensional ceramic form and illustration called, "The Illusculptors: A Group Show of Illustrated Ceramic Sculpture"; and Barry Friedman Gallery of New York features artists Laura de Santillana, Cristiano Bianchin and Yoichi Ohira, in a focus exhibition entitled, "Venice: 3 Visions in Glass."



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Strilets said:

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If you’re like fine arts and crafts, SOFA expos are a great place.
mydeco.com presented several 3D designed rooms sofa furniture after SOFA.

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