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February 18, 2009

West Loop Galleries Discuss Current Art Market
February 21-22, 2009
Contact: Jen Leutner, 312-432-0708

Saturday, Feb 21st Panel Discussions
1:00 pm, Part One: Collecting Today
Thomas McCormick Gallery, 1st Floor

3:00 pm, Part Two: Chicago Institutions Respond
Kavi Gupta Gallery, 2nd Floor

Saturday, February 21st
Gallery Hours: 11 AM – 5PM
Sunday, Feb 22nd
Special Gallery Hours: 1 PM – 4 PM

Saturday, Feb 21st Panel Discussions
The 835 West Washington building is pleased to announce that we are hosting two concurrent panel discussions that will be held February 21. These talks are partly in response to the current troubled economy and take into account a potential new era of art community, including the role of the collector, auction house, museum, gallery, and artist in a post consumer climate.

Please RSVP to Jen Leutner jen@kavigupta.com, 312-432-0708. Space is limited.

1:00pm Panel One will discuss the intricacies of collecting art now.
Paul Morris – Moderator Founder the Armory Show, NY and VP of MMPI Art Shows and Events
Steven Berkowitz Collector and Founder of the Marwen Foundation, Board of Directors SITE Santa Fe, MCA Trustee
Paul Gray Partner, Richard Gray Gallery
Richard Wright Founder and President of Wright Auction
Larry Fields Collector, MCA Trustee

3:00pm Panel Two will discuss what current or future initiatives are in effect for public exhibition spaces in Chicago and how to build upon and maximize the full potential of Chicago’s art community.
Anthony Hirschel – Moderator Director, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
Natasha Egan Associate Director and Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College
Hamza Walker Director of Education, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago
Anthony Elms Assistant Director, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, editor of WhiteWalls

The 835 West Washington Blvd. building, which is well known as the pioneer of the West Loop Art District, will be open to the public during the weekend of Saturday, February 21st and Sunday, February 22nd inviting guests to be introduced to the programs and histories from each of these Chicago galleries’ unique perspectives. Kavi Gupta, Thomas McCormick, Andrew Rafacz and Carrie Secrist are opening their galleries and back rooms to educate and promote a more comprehensive understanding of the artists in each of these galleries’ programs as well as important secondary artworks and inventory from Modern and Contemporary artists. Some highlights of viewable work include Chris Johanson, Ed Ruscha, Justine Kurland, Franz Kline, Philip Guston, Ilya Bolotowsky, and Richard Prince.

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