Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Art Chicago Reported in Disarray

Art Chicago, the major art fair in Chicago for the past 13 years, was scheduled to open on Thursday, April 27th. On Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported that the event was in disarray. Coverage by that paper continues. A good way to access this coverage is to use 'Art Chicago' as a search term in Google News.

In the past six months, the producer of this fair, Thomas Blackman Associates of Chicago, has made late-hour cancellations of two art fairs scheduled for San Francisco and New York. If the Chicago event collapses, the chances for another art fair under the Thomas Blackman banner would seem to be nil. To outsiders, it has appeared that Blackman was failing to adapt to the surge in popularity of competing U.S. art fairs, such as Art Basel Miami Beach and the Armory Show in NYC.

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