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News & Press 2012


EXPO CHICAGO/2012 Garners Widespread Enthusiasm and Support from Dealers, Collectors and Cultural Institutions

CHICAGO (October 9, 2012) EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art welcomed more than 27,000 people to the inaugural event that featured 120 exhibitors from around the world and a diverse roster of programming and events including special tours, exhibitions and /Dialogues—a lecture series with leading artists, curators and collectors... Download >>

Top Chicago Chefs Announced for Expo Chicago's Chefs' Café led by Restaurateur Michael Kornick

CHICAGO (July 23, 2012) Graham Elliot, Ryan Poli, Patricio Sandoval and Randy Zweiban Bring Chicago Culinary to the International Art Fair September 20 – 23, 2012... Download >>

Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue Partners with EXPO CHICAGO for the 2012 Chicago Awards Cycle

CHICAGO (June 28, 2012) Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is delighted to announce a partnership with EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design to promote the work of Chicago-based artists as part of the 2012 awards cycle... Download >>

EXPO CHICAGO Announces 2012 Exhibitor List

CHICAGO (April 18,2012) The inaugural EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design, proudly announces the following list of premier galleries that will exhibit September 20-23 in Festival Hall at Navy Pier... Download >>


CHICAGO (February 13, 2012) EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design, is proud to announce IN/SITU, a key component of the exposition's innovative artistic programming... Download >>

EXPO CHICAGO/2012 Announces Exposure

CHICAGO (February 14, 2012) EXPO CHICAGO/2012, The International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design, is proud to announce, EXPOSURE, a limited section of international contemporary galleries with visionary programming... Download >>

EXPO Chicago to Team with ARTSPACE.COM

CHICAGO (February 1, 2012) - EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design, has announced a partnership with Artspace.com, the leading online marketplace for contemporary art... Download >>

Announcing EXPO CHICAGO/2012

CHICAGO - The inaugural EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design, will host an exclusive list of the world's premier galleries in Chicago Sept. 20-23, 2012 in Festival Hall at Navy Pier... Download >>

Principal Bios

Tony Karman has been active in the civic, business, and cultural communities of Chicago for nearly 30 years. Working with select institutions, associations, government organizations, producers of special events, and corporations, he has guided numerous... Download >>

Initial Partner List

The Museum of Contemporary Art offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance... Download >>

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Art Market Review

November 28, 2012 - A current and curated TV show about the latest news and events from the ever-changing art world. Premiered on Bloomberg TV throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia late October 2012. Read more >>

CS Magazine

Arts & Power

November 27, 2012 - Call it a portfolio of power. In a series of portraits, we highlight six of the most powerful professionals on Chicago’s cultural landscape. From a best-selling novelist to the man who raised Chicago’s international theater profile, meet a truly inspiring and remarkable group. Read more >>

Art Info

Dealer's Notebook: Douglas Dawson on Ethnographic Art and Taxidermy

November 20, 2012 - Was there art on the walls when 
you were growing up?
 I grew up on small farm. There was no art on the walls, but my parents encouraged curiosity... Read more >>

F News Magazine

EXPO Chicago 2012

October 17, 2012 - A look at the first International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art & Design at Chicago’s Navy Pier. F News talks to gallerists and documents some of the striking artworks... Read more >>


"Why would anyone throw garbage in a river?"

October 17, 2012 - As I was explaining what NRDC’s EXPO CHICAGO booth would look like to our daughter, I mentioned that we worked with artist Gordon Matta-Clark's estate to build a wall out of 2,000 pounds of garbage from the Illinois, Mississippi, Chicago and Ohio Rivers... Read more >>

Huffington Post

14 Must-See Painting Shows: October 2012

October 16, 2012 - October 2012 has proven to be an extraordinary month for the medium of paint. There are dozens of strong exhibitions on view throughout the country, which made culling together this list particularly challenging. Selecting only ten shows proved to be too hard of a cut, so this month's list has been expanded to fourteen shows -- it could have easily been doubled... Read more >>

New York Social Diary

EXPO CHICAGO: The New Dazzling Art Fair

October 16, 2012 - Top tier art collectors and consultants along with curators and civic leaders converged on the Windy City for the inaugural EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design staged late last month at Navy Pier's cavernous Festival Hall. While the city has long been an art destination what with the Art Institute of Chicago and its Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Anish Kapoor reflective "Cloud" sculpture centering Millennium Park, this new fair with 120 leading international galleries positions Chicago into an entirely new and far more prominent realm... Read more >>

Sixty Inches from the Center

EXPO CHICAGO // An Interview with Tony Karman, Part II

October 14, 2012 - Last month, about a week before Expo Chicago: The International Exposition of Modern/Contemporary Art & Design opened, I sat down with Tony Karman, Expo’s President and Director, for a preview of the inaugural fair. It might have been easy for some to dismiss those early superlatives as simply hype, but once the exposition launched and Festival Hall opened its doors, it became clear that the praise was warranted... Read more >>


Expo Chicago succeeded in grandeur, but some dealers hoped for more buyers

October 9, 2012 - Art dealers who set up shop at Navy Pier for ExpoChicago last month are calling the international art show a success but with an asterisk. Sales were sluggish for some dealers... Read more >>

Art Info

Was Expo Chicago a Success? Dealers Dish on the Fair's Ambitious First Edition

September 26, 2012 - Launching an art fair in Chicago is a gutsy enterprise. The city’s art market has a storied history that is hard to live up to and a recent past that’s hard to live down. Longtime exhibitors remember the golden days of Art Chicago in the 1980s, when it seemed like the only fair in the world... Read more >>

Time Out Chicago

Weekend Recap | Expo Chicago and Gallery Weekend Chicago

September 26, 2012 - Expo Chicago closed on Sunday, and by most accounts, it was a success. “Reactions have been extremely positive,” says Mia DiMeo of Carol Fox and Associates, who has been gathering responses from the gallery owners since the international art fair closed... Read more >>

Newcity Art

EXPO’s Critics and Collectors

September 23, 2012 - “Chicago is slow” was the mantra throughout the day on Thursday as hopeful EXPO staff, exhibitors and speakers repeatedly assured attendees that the sparsely populated aisles and red-dot-less walls shouldn’t be judged so quickly... Read more >>

Gallerist NY

Artadia Presents $45,000 in Grants to Seven Artists at Expo Chicago Fair

September 21, 2012 - At a press conference at the Expo Chicago art fair today, art nonprofit Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, announced the seven winners of its latest Chicago grant cycle... Read more >>

Art Info

Christopher Wool, Stealth Curator, Organized Corbett vs. Dempsey’s Booth at Expo Chicago

September 21, 2012 - Punchy word painter Christopher Wool has been quietly cultivating a part-time side gig as a curator. His latest curatorial effort? The booth of local gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey at Expo Chicago. The eclectic, salon-style display includes work by 40 artists ranging from the established (Mark Flood, Richard Artschwager, Sue Williams) to the up-and-coming (Richard Hell, Margot Bergman, Jimmy Wright, Don Van Vliet) and the quirky (filmmaker Harmony Korine, a friend of Wool’s)... Read more >>

Art Info

10 Pieces of Advice for Artists From Jerry Saltz’s Keynote Speech at Expo Chicago

September 21, 2012 - “Art is not about understanding,” New York magazine senior art critic Jerry Saltz told a packed crowd of adoring listeners at the Expo Chicago fair on Thursday morning. He was delivering his keynote speech for the fair’s “Dialogues” program. “Art is about experience. Read more >>

Chicago Tribune

Navy Pier's Expo Chicago conjures glory days of city's former fair

September 21, 2012 - After Chicago's once-renowned annual Art Chicago fair was reduced to sharing space with an antiques show at the Merchandise Mart six years ago, international and even hometown art dealers stopped showing up... Read more >>

ABC Chicago

The Weekender Report with ABC7's Roz Varon

September 21, 2012 - From music to art and Expo Chicago! This is the first year for this exposition of international contemporary and modern art and design. It's under way at Navy Pier and runs through Sunday... Read more >>


Chicago collectors buying up art at ExpoChicago at Navy Pier

September 21, 2012 - The lull in the crowd Friday afternoon made it easier to spot Chicago collectors at Expo Chicago at Navy Pier... Read more >>

The Wall Street Journal

Don't Miss: Sept. 22-28

September 21, 2012 - A First in 'Second City' Navy Pier, ends Sunday

The first Expo Chicago (officially, the International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design) has attracted more than 100 galleries from Philadelphia to Zurich. On sale: "Untitled" by Tara Donovan, a 2009 work from New York's Pace Gallery... Read more >>

WTTW Chicago Tonight

Expo Chicago

September 20, 2012 - A new art expo sets sail at Navy Pier. We hear from the director on why this fair has the art world buzzing on Chicago Tonight at 7:00pm. The inaugural international exposition of contemporary and modern art and design, Expo Chicago, debuted Thursday at Navy Pier. The expo is about quality, having limited the number of exhibitors to 100, 15 of which are from Chicago... Read more >>

Chicago Magazine

Our Favorite Finds at Expo Chicago

September 20, 2012 - We’ve been talking about Expo for a while now, and last night the art fair finally began in earnest. In celebration (and curiosity), a handful of Chicago staffers showed up for Vernissage, the premiere Expo event... Read more >>

NBC Chicago

Expo Aims to Reclaim Chicago's Art Status

September 20, 2012 - Expo Chicago runs through Sunday at Navy Pier and aims to rekindle the city's former status as a world-class city for art. LeeAnn Trotter explains [VIDEO]... Read more >>

Newcity Art

Expo Chicago Report: The Message from Vernissage

September 20, 2012 - “It feels like the old times,” former Chicago art dealer Melanee Cooper told me last night at EXPO’s Vernissage, “but it feels fresh at the same time”—a sentiment I heard echoed almost word-for-word throughout the opening night... Read more >>

Chicago Gallery News

EXPO Chicago Opens with Vernissage

September 20, 2012 - Last night much of the art world gathered at Navy Pier for the opening of EXPO Chicago, otherwise once again known as Vernissage (according to Wikipedia: A vernissage (varnishing, from French) is a term used for a preview of an art exhibition, often private, before the formal opening. Guests may be served canapes and wine as they discuss with artists and others the works in the exhibition)... Read more >>

Chicago Magazine

Drinking With… Tony Karman

September 13, 2012 - Tony Karman is feeling pretty good these days. He’s less than one week away from Expo Chicago, the international art fair he has been planning for nearly two years, and he’s ready... Read more >>

Chicago Gallery News

Expo Chicago to revive Windy City's glorious art-fair legacy

September 12, 2012 - If anyone is ideally positioned to carry on the line of major art fairs in Chicago and restore it to health after years of turmoil, it’s Tony Karman. He’s been involved—sometimes tangentially, sometimes heavily—in nearly all of the fairs dating back to the early 1980s, when he worked at the Chicago International Art Exposition as a security guard... Read more >>

New City Art

Fall Art Preview 2012

September 12, 2012 - NEXT Art Chicago is gone, but former director Tony Karman has brought a new international art fair to Navy Pier, where versions of its predecessors were held for more than twenty years... Read more >>

Biz Bash

Q&A: Why New Art Expo Will Make Chicago a Global Art Destination

September 11, 2012 - Produced by Art Expositions L.L.C., the first Expo Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design, takes over Navy Pier's Festival Hall from September 20 to 23... Read more >>

Gapers Block

Tony Karman on Expo Chicago

September 7, 2012 - I recently got the opportunity to catch up with Tony Karman about his new endeavor EXPO Chicago. Tony remarks on many of the contributing parties that really made EXPO become what it will be... Read more >>

The Art Newspaper

Inside the house that Theaster built

September 6, 2012 - When I arrive at 6901 Dorchester Avenue at nine in the morning in August, the house is already buzzing with activity—I can hear the sound of a buzz saw upstairs... Read more >>

The New York Times

NY Times September Art and Design Calendar

September 5, 2012 - The Midwest metropolis inaugurates a modern and contemporary art and design fair with some 100 international exhibitors. Sept. 20 through 23... Read more >>


'Afternoon Shift' #141: Getting better

September 5, 2012 - Chicago is getting ready to host a contemporary arts festival, the “International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design,” or Expo Chicago, that could catapult this city into the top ranks of the contemporary art world. At least that’s the goal of the Expo Chicago’s chief organizer and founder Tony Karman. He joins us to talk about the event... Read more >>

Chicago Loop Alliance

First Thursdays preview: A "wide survey" of artists

September 4, 2012 - Like most Pop-Up Art Loop curatorial choices, September's selection is a wide survey of artists. To the west, inside the Inland Steel Building at 77 South Dearborn, artists Susan Giles and Daniel Baird are part of IN/SITU in the Loop -- a partnership with the new international art fair, EXPO Chicago... Read more >>

Choose Chicago

Choose Chicago and EXPO

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CS Magazine

EXPO Exposed

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Chicago Gallery News

Chicago Gallery News

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Crain's Chicago Business

Lefkofsky, Manilow,Rogers, Pritzker step up as art-show ambassadors

August 30, 2012 - Prominent Chicagoans will serve as ambassadors to the upcoming Expo Chicago, an international contemporary and modern art show that is returning to Navy Pier next month for the first time in six years... Read more >>

Chicago Loop Alliance

Pop-Up brings EXPO's In/Situ to the Loop

August 30, 2012 - Chicago Loop Alliance is thrilled to partner with EXPO to present a Pop-Up Art Loop exhibition that features large-scale sculptural work from Chicago's best new galleries... Read more >>

Time Out Chicago

Chicago Gallery Shows | Fall Preview 1

August 29, 2012 - Fall is shaping-up to be a promising season for the Chicago gallery scene. In addition to EXPO Chicago (September 20–23), Gallery Weekend Chicago (September 21–23) and Chicago Artists Month (all of October), private galleries across the city are planning some outstanding exhibitions... Read more >>

Time Out Chicago

Fall Preview | Art & Design events

August 28, 2012 - Expo Chicago, the four-day extravaganza brings together 100 galleries from the U.S. and abroad under the roof of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. Sept 20–23. One-day pass $20, four-day pass $65... Read more >>

Huffington Post

Ellen Sandor and the Future of Photography

August 27, 2012 - If seeing is believing, then to see Ellen Sandor's studio, (art)n, is to believe in the future... Read more >>

CS Modern Luxury

EXPO Exposed

August 27, 2012 - For those who have been following the news of Expo Chicago since it was announced last summer, you know the basics: It’s the brainchild of Tony Karman, an Art Chicago veteran of nearly 30 years, and it will resemble other major art fairs of its ilk, such as Art Basel Miami and Frieze... Read more >>


Maya Lin to join NRDC at EXPO CHICAGO

July 26, 2012 - CHICAGO (June 26, 2012) The Chicago River will be highlighted in a high profile installation at EXPO CHICAGO, the inaugural International Exposition of Contemporary / Modern Art and Design, set to take place at Navy Pier from September 20 - 23, 2012. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is collaborating with internationally-recognized artist Maya Lin to present a wide array of artwork that speaks to environmental issues in Chicago and around the world... Read more >>

Time Out Chicago

Expo Chicago’s a Kid-Friendly Fair

July 17, 2012 - Navy Pier is already Kid Central, with its carousel, a fun-house maze and the Chicago Children’s Museum... Read more >>

Chicago Reader

Chicago flexes itself

April 26, 2012 - On Tuesday night, at the Public Chicago hotel, Tony Karman and his well-outfitted team announced the gallery list for the International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design ... Read more >>

Art Info

Expo Chicago Reveals Its Inaugural Exhibitor List, Hoping to Prove the Windy City Can Draw the Best Once More

April 24, 2012 - When Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. unceremoniously canceled the 30-year-old fair Art Chicago in February, the company seemed to be sending a message ... Read more >>

Chicago Tribune

Expo Chicago will debut in September at Navy Pier, site of the old Art Chicago

April 24, 2012 -

About 100 local, national and international galleries - including some who in recent years have sat out the city's major yearly art fair ...


Men's Book

Tony Karman The Visionary

March 15, 2012 - Tony Karman sets out to put Chicago back on top of the contemporary art world with his new fair... Read more >>

Crain's Chicago Business

Restoring Chicago's Art-Show Rep

November 28, 2011 - Tony Karman is trying to re-create the contemporary and modern art show that once drew top-tier collectors and galleries from around the world to Chicago ... Read more >>

Chicago Tribune

Details of EXPO Chicago Announced

November 15, 2011 - Details of EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design, were revealed at a media reception Monday evening at Navy Pier ... Read more >>

Crain's Chicago Business

New Art Show Will Feature Jeanne Gang Design and the Return of Vernissage

November 15, 2011 - Expo Chicago, the new modern art and design show planned for September, will be designed by Jeanne Gang and bring back a familiar charity event ... Read more >>

Chicago Reader

Expo Chicago 2012: Art Fair Wars Redux

November 15, 2011 - Former Merchandise Mart art fair exec Tony Karman has snagged starchitect Jeanne Gang to design Expo Chicago ... Read more >>

Chicago Gallery News

Chicago's Newest Art Fair Expo Chicago is Off and Running to Navy Pier

November 15, 2011 - There was a sexy preview event last night in Navy Pier's famed Festival Hall, which seemed to have the air of history about it more than usual, with many fond references made to ... Read more >>


Expo Chicago Annouces Plans for Inaugural Edition

November 15, 2011 - The first-time fair, founded by the former director of Art Chicago, will take place at Chicago's Navy Pier from September 20 to 23. Several top dealers, including New York's ... Read more >>

Art In America

Exposition CHICAGO Raises Fair Contest

June 16, 2011 - A new international art fair, exposition CHICAGO, will debut Sept. 19-23, 2012, seizing a slot in the international calendar before October's Frieze Art Fair and FIAC. The surprise venture ... Read more >>

Chicago Art Magazine

Exposition Chicago: Vision and Conversation with Tony Karman

June 7, 2011 - "I spent an hour on the phone with Tony Karman, talking about the new types of art on the rise, Chicago's DIY distinction, and his vision for the Exposition Chicago Art Fair ..." Read more >>

Chicago Sun-Times

New Art Show at Navy Pier in '12

June 2, 2011 - Navy Pier will be the home of a major new art show debuting in the fall of 2012. The organizing group Art Expositions announced Wednesday that "exposition Chicago" ... Read more >>


Exposition Chicago Set for 2012

June 2, 2011 - The Chicago art scene may lack a certain oomph, but that perception is made to be overcome. Thus, welcome the new Chicago art fair, the orthographically inverted exposition CHICAGO ... Read more >>

Chicago Examiner

New International Art Fair to Come to Navy Pier in Chicago

June 2, 2011 - Chicago&'s Navy Pier will be the site of "exposition CHICAGO", a new international art fair. The exposition premiers Sept. 19-23, 2012 with the theme: Discovery. The art fair will focus on high quality modern ... Read more >>

Chicago Gallery News

New Art Fair Coming to Navy Pier in 2012

June 1, 2011 - The art world is buzzing today with a little breaking tidbit that there will be a new art fair in Chicago next September (2012). Whispers have abounded in many forms for the past ... Read more >>

Chicago Tribune

New Art Fair Coming to Navy Pier in 2012

June 1, 2011 - A juried art fair dubbed Exposition Chicago will debut in September 2012 at Navy Pier, a spokesperson for the fair announced Wednesday. At Exposition Chicago's helm is ... Read more >>

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