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The Invitational Exhibtion of Emerging Art

April 25-28 2008

Jeremy Earhart
Burn Out, and Fade Away, 2007
Hand-cut Plexiglas, acrylic, car paint, airbrush, black light
Photo credit: Jeffrey Sturges

*Courtesy of Goff + Rosenthal, New York/Berlin

NEXT Art Fair to Join Art Chicago at The Merchandise Mart

April 25 - 28, 2008

NEXT, a new invitational art fair installed on the 7th floor of the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, April 25-28, 2008, to complement the 28th edition of Art Chicago 2008, will offer focused curatorial visions of some of the most important developments in contemporary art.

NEXT will include works from both commercial and non-commercial arts organizations as well as galleries, project spaces, artist collectives, art publications and key private collections. With this wide reaching and inclusive list of participants, NEXT presents a new exhibition format that brings together, in one exhibition space, the most cutting-edge work in contemporary art from both the public and private sector.

Organized by critic/curator Christian Viveros- Fauné and dealer/art fair organizer Kavi Gupta, and advised by a support team from the Merchandise Mart Properties (The Armory Show, Art Chicago, Volta Show) led by Paul Morris, NEXT will be installed within 100,000 square feet of open exhibition space.

An art show as well as an opportunity to see major new talents in an exhibition context, NEXT is a unique model for experiencing the best of contemporary art. Selected by invitation only, the exhibitors at NEXT embody the best of what young American and international art has to offer. Organized for collectors, curators, critics, dealers, artists and art enthusiasts, the fair represents the NEXT step in innovative contemporary art presentation and marketing.

Located on the 7th floor of the iconic Merchandise Mart, NEXT shares dates and location with the 28th edition of Art Chicago. NEXT and Art Chicago are at the center of Artropolis the citywide cultural celebration which includes the best of Chicago's visual and performance art institutions. Artropolis features five concurrent shows including Art Chicago, NEXT, The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair, The Artist Project and Intuit.

Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) is a trade show and property management firm, specializing in managing buildings devoted to wholesale showrooms and commercial office space. MMPI produces more than 300 trade shows, market events and conferences each year.

MMPI manages The Merchandise Mart and 350 West Mart Center in Chicago; Market Square, the Suites at Market Square, Hamilton Market, Plaza Suites, Furniture Plaza and the National Furniture Mart in High Point, N.C.; the Architects & Designers Building and 7 W New York in New York; the Boston Design Center in Boston; the L.A. Mart in Los Angeles; and the Washington Design Center and Federal Center Southwest in Washington D.C.

Vornado Realty Trust, owners of MMPI, based in New York City, is a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust. Vornado's common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and are traded under the symbol VNO.

MMPI Art Group is comprised of Art Chicago, NEXT, The Armory Show, VOLTA Basel, VOLTA NY and the Toronto International Art Fair, all owned and produced by Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

Till Gerhard
Hay, Hay, My, My (Mouth of Truth), 2007
Oil and enamel on canvas, 200 x 180 cm

*Courtesy LOYAL, Stockholm

NEXT Art Fair Brings Cutting-Edge Solo and Special Projects to Chicago and Introduces $100,000 West Collection Prize
Invitational exhibition of emerging art at Merchandise Mart April 25 - 28, 2008

CHICAGO (April 15, 2008) - NEXT, a new invitational art fair installed on the 7th floor of the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, April 25-28, 2008, to complement Art Chicago, offers focused curatorial visions of some of the most important developments in contemporary art.

Installed within 150,000 square feet of space and more international than any other fair of contemporary art to date, NEXT boasts galleries from every important art city in the world, including Chicago, New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Beijing, Warsaw and Bucharest. The largest collection to date of significant art trends ever assembled, NEXT presents approximately 180 of the planet's best young galleries from virtually every major international center of art production.

Featuring special artists projects, NEXT features, among other adventurous presentations, scores of works by 2008 Whitney Biennial participants, including those of artists Matthew Brannon, Omar Fast, MK Guth, Ruben Ochoa, Amanda Ross-Ho, Eduardo Sarabia, Melanie Schiff, and Javier Tellez.

Additionally, NEXT also includes substantial solo shows and large scale works by established and up- and-coming artists like Erik Benson, Ian Burns, Graham Dolphin, Marcel Dzama, Jeremy Earhart, Orly Genger, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Stefan Hirsig, Graham Hudson, Marco Maggi, Fabian Marcaccio, Fahamou Pecou, The Royal Art Lodge, Peter Sarkisian, Ricky Swallow, Monique van Genderen, Leo Villarreal and Bucksbaum Award Winner Mark Bradford. Also participating are Venice Biennial veterans AES+F and Guy Ben-Ner; Berlin Biennial artist Suzanne Winterling; Beijing Biennial standout Eri Itol; Istanbul Biennial artist Taiyo Kimura; and Saatchi Collection painters Dan Bayles, Katherine Bernhardt, Angela Dufresne and Angelina Gualdoni-among many other highly innovative artists and artist collectives.

Additionally, NEXT will play host to several major art installations. Among these, there is the U.S. debut of The Death of American Muscle, a major sculptural work by Brooklyn-based artist Jonathan Schipper (courtesy of Pierogi Gallery)-which consists of two automobiles spectacularly engaged in a real-life, controlled head-on collision.

NEXT is also extremely pleased to announce a special exhibition of the famed West Collection, one of America's premier private holdings of contemporary art. Housed inside NEXT's exhibition floor and curated by Paige West and Lee Stoetzel, the exhibition "Versions of Reality" will highlight both emerging and established work by artists in the collection, such as Sebastiaan Bremer, Margarita Cabrera, Chris Jordan, Robert Lazzarini, Joan Linder, Juan Muñoz and Vik Muniz. A museum-quality exhibition and a how-to model for collecting contemporary art, the presence of the West Collection underlines NEXT's commitment to breaking new ground in its relations with artists, galleries, collectors and the public at large. NEXT is also proud to announce the inaugural version of the West Prize, a $100,000 acquisition prize to be distributed among 10 artists' works, with an additional individual cash prize of $25,000 in addition to a West Collection acquisition.

New Insight, a third major installation hosted by NEXT, is curated by former Documenta Curator and Renaissance Society Director Susane Ghez, and consists of art works from 24 graduate students at 12 of the country's most influential MFA programs, among them the California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), Carnegie Mellon University, Rhode Island School of Design, San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and Yale University.

Other highlights will include:

Young London Gallery Invitational: David Risley, Domobaal, Fred, Hales Gallery, Houldsworth, Madder 139, Man & Eve, Mummery Schnelle, One in the Other, Paradise Row, Rachmaninoff's, Rokeby, Seventeen.

Leipzig Gallery Invitational: ASPN, Dogenhaus, Emmanuel Post, Fillip Rosbach, Laden Feur Nichts, Maerzgalerie.

Young Berlin Invitational: Arratia/Beer, duve Berlin, galerie5213, galerie davide gallo, Galerie Koal, Galerie Metro, Galerie Birgit Ostermeier, Galerie Zink, Goff + Rosenthal, Herrmann & Wagner, Jarmuschek und Partner, Klara Wallner, Kunstagenten, Kuttner Siebert Galerie, loop - raum für aktuelle kunst, MyVisit, Nice & Fit, Wernicke, Wohnmaschine.

Over 15 Private Collection Tours with shuttle bus service provided for attending dealers.

Private Openings (selection) at Renaissance Society (reception with Franklin Sirmans), Smart Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art (reception for new Director Madeleine Grynsztejn) and Art Institute of Chicago (Tours of New Renzo Piano Contemporary/Modern Wing under construction).

Curator/Critic/Collector Panels - featuring David Adjaye, Holly Block, Dan Cameron, Toby Devan Lewis, Sarah Gavlak, Dominic Molon, Wangechi Mutu, David Pagel, Cydney Payton, Nancy Portnoy, Franklin Sirmans, Jerome Stern, Paige West, Joan Young and many others.

Nightly Private Lounge sponsored by Stop Smiling Magazine.

Organized by critic/curator Christian Viveros-Fauné and dealer/art fair organizer Kavi Gupta, and advised by a support team from the Merchandise Mart Properties (The Armory Show, Art Chicago, Volta Show) led by Paul Morris, NEXT is a unique model for experiencing the best of contemporary art. Organized for collectors, curators, critics, dealers, artists and art enthusiasts, the fair represents the NEXT step in the innovative presentation of contemporary art.


Friday, April 25 - Monday, April 28, 2008

Friday, April 25: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 26: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 27: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Monday, April 28: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Merchandise Mart
Chicago, IL, 60654

$20 for entry to all five shows.
$25 for multiple day pass.

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Exhibiting Galleries at Next

galerie5213 Berlin | Galerie Adler Frankfurt/New York | Ahmady Arts: Central Asia Project New York | aliceday Brussels | Allegoric Chicago | AllRiSE Gallery Chicago | Paulo Amaro-Contemporary Art Lisbon | AMT | Alberto Matteo Torri Milan | ARQUEBUSE Geneva | Arratia, Beer Berlin | art agents gallery Hamburg | Martin Asbaek Projects Copenhagen | ASPN Leipzig | Galerie b2_ Leipzig | Anita Beckers Frankfurt | Josée Bienvenu Gallery New York | Birch Libralato Toronto | Black & White Gallery New York | Lisa Boyle Gallery Chicago | Branch Gallery Durham | BravinLee Programs New York | Spencer Brownstone Gallery New York | BucketRider Gallery Chicago | Camara Oscura Galeria de Arte Madrid | David Castillo Gallery Miami | Galeria Marta Cervera Madrid | ChinaSquare Gallery New York/Beijing | Chung King Project Los Angeles | Circus Gallery Los Angeles | Cirrus Gallery Los Angeles | Cohan and Leslie New York | Conner Contemporary Art Washington, DC | Lisa Cooley New York | Country Club Cincinnati | CTRL gallery Houston | CUE Art Foundation New York | Curator's Office Washington, DC | Edward Day Gallery Toronto | DCKT Contemporary New York | devening projects + editions Chicago | Dieu Donné New York | Dogenhaus Galerie Leipzig | Domobaal London | Douz and Mille Washington, DC | dpm gallery Guayaquil/Miami | duve Berlin Berlin | Espacio Liquido Gijon | Lukas Feichtner Gallery Vienna | FilippRosbach Leipzig | Finesilver Gallery San Antonio | FRED Leipzig/London | galerieofmarseille Marseille | galerie davide gallo Berlin | Garson Baker Fine Art New York | Gavlak West Palm Beach | Goff + Rosenthal Berlin/New York | Larissa Goldston Gallery New York | goodwater Toronto | Green on Red Gallery Dublin | Greener Pastures Toronto | Christopher Grimes Gallery Santa Monica | Kavi Gupta Chicago/Leipzig | Hales Gallery London | The Happy Lion Los Angeles | Harold Arts Chicago | Moti Hasson Gallery New York | Galerie Haus Schneider Uschi Kolb Karlsruhe | Heaven Gallery Chicago | Richard Heller Gallery Santa Monica | Herrmann & Wagner Berlin | Houldsworth London | I- 20 New York | Ingalls & Associates Miami | Jack the Pelican Presents Brooklyn | Jail Los Angeles | Jarmuschek und Partner Berlin | Carol Jazzar Miami | Johansson Projects San Francisco | Priska C. Juschka Fine Art New York | Kaune, Sudendorf Cologne | Reuben Kincaid Chicago | Kinkead Contemporary Los Angeles | Kinsey/DesForges Los Angeles | Darren Knight Gallery Sydney | Galerie Koal Berlin | Leo Koenig Inc. New York | Kudlek van der Grinten Galerie Cologne | Kunstagenten Berlin | Paul Kusseneers Gallery Antwerp | Anna Kustera New York | Kuttner Siebert Galerie Berlin | Laden fuer Nichts Leipzig | Yvon Lambert New York/Paris | LaMontagne Gallery South Boston | Nathan Larramendy Gallery Ojai | Elizabeth Leach Gallery Portland | Galerie Les filles du calvaire Brussels/Paris | Galeria Leyendecker Santa Cruz de Tenerife | Light & Sie Dallas | Kim Light / Lightbox Los Angeles | loop - raum für aktuelle kunst Berlin | Lower East Side Printshop New York | Loyal Stockholm | Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery New York | Madder139 London | maerzgalerie Leipzig | Man&Eve London | Marvelli Gallery New York | Marx & Zavattero San Francisco | Galerie Metro Berlin | Mixed Greens New York | Morgan Lehman New York | Mother's Tankstation Dublin | Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects Toronto | Mummery + Schnelle London | MyVisit Berlin | Taro Nasu Osaka/Tokyo | Newman Popiashvili New York | Newzones Calgary | Nice & Fit Berlin | Nusser & Baumgart Contemporary Munich | Megumi Ogita Gallery Tokyo | Claire Oliver Gallery New York | One in the Other London | Galerie Birgit Ostermeier Berlin | The Other Gallery Winnipeg | Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain Montreal | Paradise Row London | Parker's Box Brooklyn | Franklin Parrasch New York | Pierogi Brooklyn/Leipzig | Galerie Poller Frankfurt/New York | Emmanuel Post Leipzig | Postmasters Gallery New York | Program Warsaw | Quality Pictures Portland | Thomas Rehbein Galerie Cologne | Daniel Reich Gallery New York | David Risley Gallery London | Road Agent Dallas | Thomas Robertello Chicago | Nicholas Robinson Gallery New York | Roebling Hall New York | Clint Roenisch Gallery Toronto | Rokeby London | Galerie Gabriel Rolt Amsterdam | RONMANDOS Amsterdam/Rotterdam | Roots & Culture Chicago | Monya Rowe New York | rowlandcontemporary Chicago | Rubicon Gallery Dublin | Saltworks Atlanta | Samson Projects Boston | Carrie Secrist Gallery Chicago | See Line Gallery Santa Monica | Seventeen London | Skew Gallery Calgary | Michael Steinberg Fine Art New York | Stux Gallery New York | Mia Sundberg Galleri Stockholm | Sunday New York | Jiri Svestka Gallery Prague | Swarm Gallery Oakland | T20 Murcia | Taché-Lévy Gallery Brussels | Timothy Taylor London | Taylor De Cordoba Los Angeles | Thierry Goldberg Projects New York | Steve Turner Contemporary Los Angeles | Vane Newcastle upon Tyne | Vernon Prague | Visual Drugs Zurich | Voges + Partner Frankfurt | Klara Wallner Berlin | Walsh Gallery Chicago | Linda Warren Chicago | Wernicke Berlin | The West Collection Oaks | Western Exhibitions Chicago | Tony Wight Gallery Chicago | Winkleman Gallery New York | Wohnmaschine Berlin | Galeria Zderzak Krakow | Steven Zevitas/OSP gallery Boston | Galerie Zink Berlin/Munich/New York | Zwirner & Wirth New York

and introducing GOFFO artists projects & editions
Alogon Gallery | Bertran Projects | Cinders Gallery | Featherproof Books | The Green Lantern Gallery & Press | Iconoclast Editions | Imperfect Articles | Old Gold | Pele Prints | Sara Ranchouse Publishing | Sonnenzimmer |

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The Merchandise Mart will act as the hub of Artropolis, a city-wide celebration of the arts which attracts thousands of visitors to savor a rich menu of art and entertainment experiences that are unique to Chicago. Educational programs, guided tours, music, theatre and dance performances are planned at venues throughout the city, from major museums to small galleries, world-class concert halls to cutting-edge clubs, lakefront parks to exclusive private parties. Along with Art Chicago, four additional shows will be produced concurrently at The Merchandise Mart April 25 - 28, 2008. NEXT is an exciting new invitational art fair installed on the 7th floor of The Merchandise Mart. NEXT will offer focused curatorial visions of some of the most important developments in contemporary art.

The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair TM, an established, premier antiques destination, celebrates their 11th year, and will feature a breath- taking array in a wide range of categories from 120+ dealers from around the globe.

The Artist Project is an art exhibition and sale featuring original work from independent artists undiscovered by the gallery community. The Artist Project provides the opportunity to discover interesting and affordable works directly from the artists.

The Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art exhibits self-taught art, outsider art, art brut, ethnographic art, non-traditional folk art and visionary art.

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