Art fairs serve three groups of clientele: the rich, who buy the art, curatorsÂ and museum folks, and the poorâ€”students, freelance writers, party-crashers.Â You can probably guess that Eavesdrop is in the latter, not the former, so imagine the disappointment when champagne was going for $19 per glass on opening nightÂ of Expo Chicago.
Seriously, what happened to the days of all-you-can-drink GrolschÂ or Basil Haydens way back in Art Chicagoâ€™s past? The sticker shock should be from the gallery price lists, not the bar.
While standing in line, Eavesdrop was flattered to be recognized by James Geier of 555 International, who hinted at a slew of new projects and fall openings. Hopefully those openings will allow the 99 percent to imbibe.
The art fairâ€™s environment, layout and scheme, was designed by Studio Gang, although we canâ€™t say that we were able to discern a noticeable imprint.