Two Fairs Under One Roof

The Art Fair Com­pany, based in Chicago, again presents two art fairs under one roof at Chicago’s his­toric Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Avenue) Fri­day, Nov. 4 – Sun­day, Nov. 6, 2011. For the sec­ond straight year, SOFA CHICAGO 2011, the crit­i­cally acclaimed Inter­na­tional Sculp­ture Objects & Func­tional Art Fair, will share the Pier’s Fes­ti­val Hall with The Intuit Show of Folk & Out­sider Art. SOFACHICAGO, now in its 18th year, enjoys the pres­ti­gious posi­tion of being the largest and longest con­tin­u­ally run­ning art fair in Chicago, a main­stay of the city’s cul­tural and social cal­en­dar. The Chicago Sun-Times hails SOFA CHICAGO as “amaz­ing,” and Bradley Lin­coln of Chicago Home + Gar­den raves, “This is one of my favorite art shows in Chicago – I guar­an­tee you will see some flashy, jaw drop­ping works of…genius.” The SOFA CHICAGO and Intuit Show’s joint Open­ing Night Pre­view on Thurs­day, Nov. 3 will be open to the pub­lic from 7 – 9 p.m. with ticket pur­chase. For more infor­ma­tion and to pur­chase tick­ets, visit sofaexpo.com.

For the sev­enth straight year, SOFA CHICAGO 2011 is spon­sored in part by Chubb Per­sonal Insur­ance, one of the world’s pre­em­i­nent insur­ers of fine homes, art, antiques, jew­elry, auto­mo­biles, yachts and other prized pos­ses­sions. SOFA CHICAGO 2011 will again fea­ture more than 60 inter­na­tional art gal­leries and deal­ers pre­sent­ing museum-quality art and design for sale.

“My orig­i­nal vision for the SOFA fairs was to keep press­ing to heighten the vis­i­bil­ity of art on the cut­ting edge of the field,” says Mark Lyman, found­ing direc­tor of SOFA and pres­i­dent of The Art Fair Com­pany. “SOFA has always com­ple­mented the art­work on offer with edu­ca­tional pro­gram­ming that reveals the deeper sto­ries behind it.”

To this end, SOFA CHICAGO will again fea­ture spe­cial exhibits by renowned muse­ums, uni­ver­si­ties and arts orga­ni­za­tions, as well as an exten­sive lec­ture series, all included in the admis­sion price.

At SOFA CHICAGO 2011, Blue Rain Gallery’s exhi­bi­tion will fea­ture work cre­ated jointly by acclaimed artists Pre­ston Sin­gle­tary and Dante Mar­i­oni (who indi­vid­u­ally have very dis­tinct and dif­fer­ing styles). The two share a long­stand­ing his­tory, orig­i­nally high school friends — now when they col­lab­o­rate, their blend of indi­vid­ual tal­ents pro­duces some­thing truly exceptional.