Expo Chicago: a showcase for whats hot in contemporary art

Expo Chicago: a showcase for whats hot in contemporary art

Expo Chicago 2015, the modern art show featuring 140 of the world’s leading international galleries returned to Navy Pier’s Festival Hall for its fourth edition last night amid all the glitter and glamour that Chicago could conjure up.

Opening night festivities included the Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MCA) Vernissage, or ‘varnishing day,’ the French term for art openings, that kicked off the 4-day art extravaganza with a champagne toast followed by wine and appetizers plus, most importantly, a “first look” at the art.

Ticket prices starting at $100 for Vernissage didn’t keep the crowds from flocking to the Pier. The show seems to get more popular each year–attracting the who’s who of the art world alongside of everyday art lovers.

Crowd aiting to get into Vernissage. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Crowd waiting to get into Vernissage. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

With sparkling names like Tiffany & Co. and Rolls Royce, among the new sponsors at the Chicago fair, if you get the idea that the show is high end, you’d be right.

With art prices skyrocketing into the 7-digit range and art from past masters like Calder and Picasso to the hottest new artists, the festival is the piece de resistance for the world’s most important art from 17 countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.

Calder, 1874, Boulder and Eye, brame lorenceau paris galerie  Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Calder, Boulder and Eye, Galerie Brame Lorenceau, Paris, France Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Chicago’s art frenzy will continue through Sunday, September 20 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall (600 E. Grand) and at various cultural institutions, museums, galleries and more around town.

General admission to the exposition is Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20. Tickets are $20 for one day, $30 for three days. For more information, click here.

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