The International Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair
Navy Pier’s Festival Hall
Chicago, Ill, USA
2-5 November 2017
Must-See Artwork from Premier Galleries from around the Globe
The world’s preeminent art galleries, exhibiting the very best contemporary art and design in all media including ceramics, wood, glass, fiber, jewelry, metal, design, painting, photography, and works on paper – will converge at SOFA CHICAGO, November 2-5 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. Now in its 24th year, SOFA CHICAGO is one of the longest running, gallery-presented art fairs in the country, and Chicago’s most popular and well-attended art fair, which is dedicated to Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art and Design. The 2016 edition of SOFA CHICAGO offered more than 36,000 visitors and art collectors the opportunity to collect museum-quality works from some of the world’s most established galleries.
The 2017 Fair will showcase nearly 80 new and returning galleries displaying artwork by emerging and established artists. Following is a highlight of select galleries and MUST-SEE Works of Art in 2017:
Charon Kransen Arts (New York) promotes exciting, contemporary, international jewelry, and hollowware by both established and emerging artists, whose works are found in museum and private collections around the world. This year, the gallery will be showing studio jewelry by Damien Davis, who specializes in plexiglass and steel Brooches, Motoko Furuhashi, who creates Brooches from paper and mixed media, Julia Turner, who uses silver, wood and paint in her works of art, Fumiki Tagushi, who chisels sterling silver into a luminescence that simulates precious stones such as diamonds, Daniela Malev, who combines silver oxidized and dried potato in her work, and Lorena Lazard, who uses enamel and iron to create Brooches, among other notable artists.
Collection Ateliers d’Art de France (Paris, France) is situated in the heart of Paris, in Le Marais. The gallery showcases contemporary applied arts exhibiting works of both established and emergent talents, with a wide variety of expertise. The gallery will feature work by ceramic artists, Bertrand Secret and Jane Norbury, glass artists Pascale Kingeschmitt and Antoine Pieriniand Sylvie Guyomard, who uses mother-of-pearl in her works.
“We have selected artists who created pieces inspired by nature. These pieces invite contemplation and meditation. They reflect great sensibility. All the artists search for material effect and textures. We plan to exhibit young, emergent artists in Chicago because it is a great opportunity for them to be exposed to American collectors.” Anne-Laure Roussille, Collection Ateliers d’Art de France
Duane Reed Gallery (St. Louis) represents nationally recognized contemporary artists working in the fields of painting, photography, and sculpture. The gallery is committed to showcasing innovative, established and emerging artists working both figuratively and abstractly in a variety of media, including ceramics and glass. Showstoppers include a large installation by Peter Olson, which combines porcelain and photography. In addition, the gallery will be showing works by ceramic artists, Cheryl Ann Thomas, Steven Young Lee and Beverly Mayeri, glass artists, Nancy Callan, Jiyong Lee, Sabrina Knowles, Jenny Pohlman and Marvin Lipofsky, and mixed media artist, Francesco Lo Castro.
Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h (Montreal) exhibits outstanding contemporary studio jewelry and objects created by Canadian and international artists. This year, the gallery will be showing works by Kazumi Nagano, known for her delicate creations of thin gold wire and woven paper, Marta Mattson, a jewelry designer that takes unusual materials, making ordinary and familiar objects seem extraordinary and unfamiliar, Marie-Eve G. Castonguay who will be showing her Les Jardin collection of gardens composed of sterling silver, paper, cotton and pigments, which adorn the wearer as small sculptures. Also, Yong Joo Kim, who utilizes hand-cut and fabricated forms made from Velcro hook-and-loop fasteners to create studio jewelry pieces.
“For our third year at SOFA CHICAGO, the gallery will display amazing creative contemporary jewelry by 45 international artists. Japanese artist Kazumi Nagano transforms the materials and techniques of traditional Japanese painting into wearable poetic adornments. Märta Mattsson from Sweden captures in resin dead insects to enhance their beauty with delicate and precise dabs of pigments.” Noel Guyomarc’h, Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h
Gallery LVS and LVS Craft (Seoul, South Korea) introduce international contemporary works that are leading the international art market in Korea and overseas, and act as a foothold for the preeminent Korean artists to move on to the world stage. The gallery will be showing works by acclaimed ceramic artists, Min Soo Lee, Jung Hong Park, In Hwa Lee, Deok Ho Kim, Jae Jun Lee, Sung Chul Kim, Jeong Won Lee, Yong Cheol Yu, and Yong-sup Kim, fiber artist, Yeonsoon Chang, and Hyojeong Park, who utilizes a combination of jade and bronze.
Gallery Sklo (Seoul, South Korea) is the first and only art gallery specializing in contemporary glass sculpture and objects in Korea, which exhibits glass artworks by both Korean and international artists. For over 10 years, Gallery Sklo has strived to present the variety and depth in glass artwork, exhibiting works from the iconic leaders of contemporary glass, as well as fresh new artists taking their first step into the art world. The Gallery will be highlighting new work by acclaimed glass artist, Sung-Won Park from Seoul, South Korea. He is considered to be the 1st generation of contemporary glass artists of Korea and has greatly contributed to improve and expand contemporary glass in his country.
“SOFA CHICAGO is one of the best art fairs for sculpture and glass art in the world. As the sole glass art gallery in South Korea, SOFA CHICAGO is the best stage for Galley Sklo. This year we added some new faces like Sang-Min LEE (glass art), Jongmin LEE (ceramic art), Do-Ha HAM (art furniture), with a familiar face like Sung-Won PARK (glass art) who was truly loved by glass collectors and art lovers at the 2016 fair. We will have a Sung-Won Park’s booksigning event at the booth this year.” Hyojung Kim, Gallery Sklo
For over 43 years, Habatat Galleries (Royal Oak, MI), has been intimately involved in the Studio Glass Movement, showcasing the material to get the recognition it deserves as a fine art medium. Habatat represents the very best artists in contemporary and modern glass sculpture, painting, bronze and ceramics. Including Peter Bremers, known for his glass sculptures inspired by nature, Christina Bothwell, who combines glass, clay, and mixed media in her enchanting animals and figures, Brent Kee Young, a leader in the glass artmovement who works with Flame-worked Glass, and Richard Royal, who has pushed the limits of large scale blown glass for the past 25+ years, among other first rate artists.
For more than four decades Heller Gallery (New York) has exhibited top international artists who incorporate glass in their practice. Heller Gallery will be representing artists such as Stine Bidstrup, a Danish glass artist who explores optical phenomena, Amber Cowan, a glass artist who reworks vintage pressed glassware, Steffen Dam and Micha Karlslund, husband-and-wife Danish contemporary glass artists, Nadege Desgenetez, an acclaimed glassblower and educator in the art world, Tobias Mohl, a Danish glass artist known for his glass vessels, Pamela Sabrosoand Alison Siegel, the artistic duo behind vessel-based forms including plants, fruits and vegetables, Norwood Viviano, who explores the rise and fall of American cities and industry through glass and metal sculptures and Toots Zynsky known for her distinctive “filet de verre” technique that fuses threads of glass to achieve unmatched explorations of color.
“As one of SOFA’s original 1994 exhibitors we have been first-hand witnesses to its impressive growth and impact. Over the decades the fair has cultivated a large and informed audience. Today SOFA provides a world-class forum for galleries with a focus on material culture and design. The participation of the Corning Museum of Glass Road Show makes it especially attractive for an audience with interest in contemporary glass. The lecture series and special non-commercial exhibits give the fair a meaningful voice in the country’s ongoing creative conversation.” Douglas Heller, Heller Gallery
Kirsten Muenster Projects (San Francisco, CA) showcases one-of-a-kind works of art reflecting a deep love of craft, material and process. Kirsten has been immersed in the contemporary fine craft field for over 20 years, representing established and emerging US and international artists. The Gallery will be showing works by metal artists David Barnhill, Rebecca Gouldson and David Huang, and wood artists, Christian Burchard, Todd Hoyer, Ron Layport, Alain Mailland, Pascal Oudet and Betty Scarpino.
“As a gallery, it’s critical for me to exhibit at an art fair like SOFA CHICAGO for collectors to really see, feel and engage with the work. Collectors get to “experience” the pieces and also see my vision through the design of the booth. I’m excited to showcase a new body of work from French artist Alain Mailland. He is a wood sculptor with a truly unique vision who developed a special technique that allows him to transform the material in ways that seem to defy logic - you just don’t see anyone else working like this. The wood seems ethereal;; it floats, blooms and dances - it’s otherworldly.” Kirsten Muenster, Kirsten Muenster Projects
Schantz Gallery (Stockbridge, MA) is the destination for visitors to experience firsthand the works of more than fifty internationally recognized artists working in glass. The gallery works with individuals, museums and corporations in building collections of art glass sculpture and installations by world renowned glass artists including Dale Chihuly, Joey Kirkpatrick, Flora C. Mace, William Morris, Paul Stankard, Lino Tagliapietra and Bertil Vallien. At SOFA CHICAGO, the Gallery will once again feature the amazing works by glass maestro, Lino Tagliapietra who will be showing a new wall installation consisting of more than 100 elements with 23 of the vessels made from Aventurine glass.
TAI Modern (Santa Fe) is a fine art gallery dedicated to exhibiting and supporting contemporary art in a variety of media, with a particular focus on Japanese bamboo art and baskets. This year at SOFA CHICAGO, TAI Modern will showcase the works of numerous artists including bamboo artists, Honda Syoryu, Nagakura Kenichi, Sugiura Noriyoshi, Shono Tokuzo, and Ramona Sakiestewa, a contemporary Native American artist renowned for her tapestries and works-on-paper.
“SOFA CHICAGO is one of America’s best attended and energized international art fairs. We have participated for over 20 years with a focus on Japanese bamboo art. This year for SOFA, the gallery will include a large-scale bamboo wall installation by Nagakura Kenichi, a boundary-pushing artist.” Celia Santos, TAI Modern
On the Seashore, 2016
Hackberry acrylics colored pencils
Courtesy of Kirsten Muenster Projects