Sofa Chicago. 20th Annual Fair. Art + Design. November 2013. A great event. If you have the chance, don’t miss it, Yareah Magazine friends.
SOFA CHICAGO marks its 20th annual presentation in 2013 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, November 1 – 3. Chicago’s longest continuously running and the world’s foremost art fair devoted to Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design, SOFA CHICAGO attracts an extraordinary range of national and international dealers showcasing more than 800 artists and their work in studio glass, ceramics, jewelry, wood, fiber, metal and design, alongside Lectures, Special Exhibits and Live Demonstrations.
Noting the anticipation of SOFA CHICAGO’s landmark presentation, Fair Director Donna Davies says I’ve encountered great excitement among our exhibitors. They are truly pulling out all the stops for our 20th year of SOFA CHICAGO, bringing exceptional works of art for this important year of the fair.”
Many exhibitors are planning special presentations and solo exhibitions for this year’s fair, including unique and limited edition furniture by the “Father of the Art Furniture Movement” Wendell Castle exhibited by New York-based gallery Barry Friedman Ltd.; small-scale sculptures, tables and monoprints from American metal sculptor Albert Paley brought to Chicago by Rochester, New York’s Ruth Lawrence Fine Arts; and new work from iconic glass sculptor William Morris, presented by Philadelphia-based Wexler Gallery. More than 70 galleries are expected to participate in SOFA CHICAGO 2013.
New works by Castle, the 80-year-old award-winning sculptor-designer, “expand on the possibilities of voids and volumes,” said Barry Friedman Ltd. Director Carole Hochman. Amorphous design elements, fluidly merged into surprisingly functional furniture, show Castle’s confident execution and a freedom of expression that has not been seen in his work before.
Hochman also calls Chicago the ideal location for SOFA as it attracts collectors from the region and both coasts. “We will have an extra large space to show both decorative arts in a variety of materials, plus contemporary design.”
In addition to Castle’s furniture, the gallery will bring three standout solo exhibitions by glass artists to SOFA including American artist Michael Glancy, Italian artist Laura de Santillana and Czech master glass artists Stanislav Libensky & Jaroslava Brychtova, Frantisek Vizner, Vaclav Cigler and Pavel Hlava.
Presented to coincide with the landmark New York exhibit of Albert Paley’s 13 monumental abstract Cor-Ten and stainless steel sculptures that are on view through November 2013 on Park Avenue, Ruth Lawrence Fine Art of Rochester, New York will offer a solo show by Paley, one of today’s leading American sculptors working in metal. Recognized for his large scale, site-specific sculptures, including the extraordinary Animals Always for the St. Louis Zoo and new entrance gate for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Paley was recently awarded the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Institute of Architects, the highest award given to a non-architect. Found in public spaces around the country and in private collections and museums around the world, Paley’s signature style brings steel to life, creating a flowing, organic movement from groups of sharp, geometric forms.