Art Overload this Weekend

This weekend should be insanely busy for anyone even remotely interested in current art production.  Art Chicago opens, MFA shows, exhibition openings, and panels, panels, panels. Read on for ideas of what to do and see. The Art Chicago conglomerate of fairs returns to the Merchandise Mart this year.  The fairs include Art Chicago itself, a fair made up of established galleries from all over the world showing big name artists and emerging artists, NEXT, the fair devoted to emerging galleries and their artists, and the Antiques Fair, what it is about should really speak for itself.  A few sculptures will be placed outside the Merchandise Mart, I am pretty sure I saw Tony Tasset’s work on my train ride this morning. . .

In addition, there’s the alternative art fair, Version Fest the theme of this year is “infrastructures and territories” and it promises a Korean/Polish BBQ on Saturday along with the NFO XPO.  The XPO itself is described by Version organizers as “It’s a trade show for experimental art, emerging art spaces, and
radical exchange. It’s our version of what an art fair should be.” Colleague and ArtSlant writer Erik Wenzel will be participating on a panel there as well.

Plus there’s a bevy of gallery opening new exhibitions this weekend, plus the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has its MFA show reception on April 30th as well.

On the Make has a great guide to everything going on this weekend, details, maps, much more than I put up here, if this whet your appetite check out their site.

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