Wednesday, November 11, 2009

SOFA Chicago 2009

Novemeber 6-8
Celebrating its 16th year, SOFA CHICAGO 2009, the Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair, returns to Navy Pier. Presenting works from top international galleries and dealers. Also featuring special exhibits by renowned museums, universities and arts organizations, as well as an extensive lecture series. New this year are SOLO booths at SOFA, featuring works by individual artists outside of the more formal structure of the gallery’s exhibit booth.

The overall show this year is much smaller (70 galleries rather than the 100+ of years past) although the show seemed just as grand! Take you time viewing furniture by the late Sam Maloof and ceramic works by Ruth Duckworth - booths featuring art (2D and 3D) by renoun as well as emerging artists ... it was a nice blend of young and old, traditional and contemporary. Glass was still strongest medium, but it was great to see quite a bit of 2D work in there and a lot of fresh new ideas in all mediums. There was certainly a buzz of excitement and surprizingly, with the economy so low, there were a lot of red dots!!! I would say there were more smaller and affordable works this year, compared to the last, but works in all price ranges were available and being purchased.
Nicely done well worth the $15. entry fee!

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