Over the next few days I will be sharing some highlights, favorite artists, and experiences from NEXT Chicago. In summary, I had a great time and thought NEXT was one of the best fairs I had been to in a long while. I am biased, of course, because I had two booths there (the West Collection and Mixed Greens) and was in attendance for three days straight. I bought art, learned of a few new artists, and sat on a panel discussion about collecting art.
For starters, I must state the obvious and say that the work pictured below was my favorite. (Sorry, the pictures were taken with my phone.) It was so fun checking on it throughout the weekend and watching everyone's faces light up when they realized what was going on. Pictured here are two muscle cars that with the help of hydraulics very slowly crashed into each other - moving an inch at a time over the four day fair period. If you walked by too quickly you'd think you had seen a stationary sculpture. Jonathan Schipper is the artist and the piece is titled 'The Slow and Inevitable Death of American Muscle'. Love that!
Saturday (Jonathan is pictured on the right with beard and beer)