Expo is back! It’s been two years since we’ve been able to peek at the world’s most well-known galleries and the work of the artists that they represent for the price of a movie ticket and popcorn.
Take a bus down to Navy Pier and you’ll see for yourself. The massive exhibition hall is divided into hundreds of booths, representing galleries, museums, cultural institutions, artist collectives, and magazines. The breadth of style and mediums is breathtaking. There is truly something for everyone to appreciate. (And something for everyone to stare at in confusion! Re: a gold sculpture of a dog with the head of a peeled banana priced at several hundred thousand dollars.)
Eager art lovers commingle with the super wealthy art dealers, artists looking for inspiration, and investors. It’s a strange scene and worth seeing if you’ve never been. IPaintMyMind is all about access to art for everyone. Expo embodies the world of art that is often gatekept and inaccessible to most of us.
But it’s not all bad. More than ever, the artists represented by the world’s top galleries are diverse in race, nationality, class, and experience. Pieces of art at these elite institutions call attention to inequity, violence, and systemic oppression across the globe. We can only hope that the patrons are paying attention!
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