SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair (“The Fair”), a leading international fair championing independent emerging artists, announces its features and programming for its second edition in Chicago. The Other Art Fair will run from May 16-19, 2019 at Mana Contemporary showcasing over 120 emerging international and local artists. The programming for this edition includes Chicago-local Sandra Antongiorgi, singer, songwriter, and painter as the official Guest Artist. Joining as the official non-profit partner is Little Black Pearl, an organization that provides healing through art and serves youth and families in the south side neighborhoods of Chicago. The Fair will also introduce “Greener Future,” its 2019 global initiative promoting a multifaceted approach to eco-sustainability in the arts.
“We are honored to work with such amazing Chicago-local artists and activists who are inspiring the next generation to express themselves through art,” said Founder of The Other Art Fair, Ryan Stanier. “There is no limit to the talent and creativity of the city and we’re excited to see that shine through once again in Pilsen.”
Guest Artist Sandra Antongiorgi is a Chicago-based singer, songwriter, and painter originally from Puerto Rico. Known primarily for her gifted use of paint, and formation of concept, Antongiorgi has contributed to scores of murals that dot the Chicago cityscape. She has been applauded for her portraiture in ‘Weaving Cultures’ a collaborative mural at 16th and Blue Island, an element attendees will see incorporated at The Fair. Her work has been showcased in several museums and exhibitions, including The National Museum of Mexican Art, Zhou B Gallery and most recently a solo exhibit at Advocate & Gochis Galleries in Los Angeles and the Center on Halsted Gallery.
The Other Art Fair’s official non-profit partner, Little Black Pearl, will feature ‘Treasures and Troves’ to celebrate their 25th anniversary. The exhibition will feature a collection of glass sculptures, acrylic paintings, photography and graphics created by their students to emulate the colors, fluidity and peacefulness of an aquatic environment.
As part of a global effort to reduce environmental footprint, The Other Art Fair will join its sister fairs in Greener Future, a new multi-faceted initiative which includes a collaboration with Broadcaster and Global Head of Collections at Soho House & Co. Kate Bryan. This worldwide initiative aims to inspire a much-needed discussion on climate change through eco-progressive and environmentally friendly projects that attendees can participate in onsite.
Below are some of the highlighted features:
GUEST ARTIST: SANDRA ANTONGIORGI
Sandra Antongiorgi, Chicago-based singer, songwriter, and painter originally from Puerto Rico, will join The Fair as the official Guest Artist. Antongiorgi draws upon life experiences, power relationships, culture, boundaries, mysticism and spirituality when creating her artwork. Her work has been showcased in several museums and exhibitions, including The National Museum of Mexican Art, Zhou B Gallery and most recently a solo exhibit at Advocate & Gochis Galleries in Los Angeles and the Center on Halsted Gallery. A limited edition print of ‘Weaving Cultures’ will be available for purchase for $200 at The Fair.
CHARITY PARTNER: LITTLE BLACK PEARL
Little Black Pearl, a nonprofit serving youth in Chicago’s south side neighborhoods works to counter the challenges urban youth face by providing a safe environment, positive role models, rigorous art programs and skill development activities. At The Fair, Little Black Pearl will present ‘Treasures and Troves,’ an exhibition showcasing artwork by their students in celebration of their 25th anniversary year. The exhibition will feature hanging sculptures from their glass-blowing studio inspired by the theme of ‘underwater’.
Vital Proteins will be passing out bottles of their new Collagen Waters alongside an interactive mural by artist Emmy Star Brown that brings to life the colors of the waters and invites you to uncap your potential. Guests are encouraged to color in part of the mural and not just attend The Other Art Fair Chicago, but actively take part in creating a living microcosm of art while there.
Curated by Kate Bryan, Broadcaster & Head of Collections for Soho House & Co. The Fair’s Greener Future global initiative will debut Art Upcycle, Reuse, and Feedback wall programs. Art Upcycle encourages attendees to bring an unloved artwork and for $95 revive it with new touches by Sam Kirk, Meghan Borah, Badass Cross Stitch, Melissa Leandro, and Whit Forrester. Reuse enables fair-goers to purchase a reusable drinking cup for $10 featuring new artwork by David Shrigley. While the Feedback Wall creates a space for attendees to share ideas for how we can all build a greener future as part of this interactive display.
CREATIVE WORKSHOP AND COCKTAILS
The Fair presents a series of creative workshops in Chicago led by local artists and makers. Attendees can tap into their inner creative while enjoying delicious cocktails made by bar experts. Workshop tickets cost $5 and attendees must be 21 years or older, advance booking is advised and available, here.
FRIDAY LATE: AMFM
AMFM, a Chicago-based collective committed to supporting emerging and established interdisciplinary artists, will present at the Friday Late with three performers and live DJ set.
ILLUSTRATION CORNER PRESENTED BY SOCIETY6
Local-Chicago illustrators will be creating a series of 1-minute illustrations, free for attendees to take away. Artists that will be on-site throughout the weekend include Tyler Feder, Vivian Le, Audrey Brown, and Chetna Mehta.
THE OTHERS LIVE: RECKLESS RECORDS
Guests will enjoy an audio and visual curation program of electrifying DJ sets and live radio broadcasting on Thursday and Friday by Reckless Records.
SAATCHI ART CURATOR TOURS
Saatchi Art’s expert curators present free daily guided tours of The Fair that highlight artists with distinct styles, provide art historical context, and spotlight potential investment opportunities. Advance inquiries may be scheduled by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about The Other Art Fair Chicago, visit: http://chicago.theotherartfair.com/
Purchase Tickets for The Other Art Fair Chicago HERE
Thursday, May 16th: 5pm-10pm
Tickets: $30 USD
Friday, May 17th: 3pm-10pm
Friday, Late Evening: 6pm-10pm
Saturday, May 18th: 12pm-7pm
Sunday, May 19th: 11am-6pm
General Tickets Prices:
Adults: $15 advance purchase online | $18 at the door
Students and Seniors: $13.50 advance purchase online | $15 at the door
For fair-related inquiries, please contact: Sophie Lucas, Fair Director – email@example.com
For press inquiries, please contact: Mia Mendez, Director of PR – firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Other Art Fair
The Other Art Fair, a leading artist fair for discovering emerging artists, provides a platform for artists to present and sell their work directly to art buyers. Each fair presents more than 120 artists chosen by a Selection Committee of art experts, enabling both collectors and first-time buyers to buy directly from emerging artists. Since 2011, The Other Art Fair has worked with over 3,000 artists from more than 20 countries, with fairs based in the UK, US and Australia. Unlike “other” fairs, The Other Art Fair creates an accessible and open fair designed for visitors to enjoy an interactive and immersive experience. www.theotherartfair.com
About Saatchi Art
Leading online art gallery Saatchi Art features one of the world’s largest selections of original art and helps people all over the world find art and artists they love. The online art gallery offers original paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs by over 110,000 emerging artists from over 100 countries. Saatchi Art is redefining the experience of buying and selling art by providing art lovers with free art advisory services and an expertly curated selection of art, while giving artists a convenient and welcoming environment in which to exhibit and sell their work. To discover the world of Saatchi Art, please visit www.saatchiart.com. Saatchi Online, Inc., which operates Saatchi Art, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leaf Group Ltd. (NYSE:LEAF).