CHICAGO – Celebrating its 15th anniversary, SOFA CHICAGO 2008, the critically acclaimed Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair returns to Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, November 7–9, to present work from 100 international galleries and dealers from 16 countries.

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Hot on the heels of its successful 11th New York show, the 15th Chicago fair also features special exhibits by internationally renowned art museums, arts organizations and artists as well as an extensive lecture series, both included in the admission price. View show highlights

Dale Chihuly chandelier created for
SOFA CHICAGO 2007. Represented by Holsten Galleries

“With important international galleries showcasing the latest work by established artists like Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, Ruth Duckworth and Lenore Tawney, as well as emerging artists, leading museum curators and art advisors, along with both seasoned and novice collectors, see this global event as the pivotal fair for both cutting-edge contemporary work as well as historic material,” said Mark Lyman, founder/director of SOFA CHICAGO and SOFA NEW YORK. “More than ever, that sophisticated art community considers SOFA a vibrant and integral part of Chicago’s respected heritage of contemporary decorative arts and design.”

According to Lyman, SOFA boasts an unrivalled educational component of specially curated on-site exhibitions and lectures so that both long time and novice collectors can appreciate, understand and value the new and historical artistry showcased. He cites the presence of more than 400 artists on the fair floor adding yet another dimension to the collecting experience, such as William Hunter, whose work is now touring the country in a museum retrospective, and Karen LaMonte, who also has achieved numerous museum placements.

Guests at the SOFA CHICAGO 2007
Opening Night Preview

Fair dealers from over 16 countries to date including Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom (England and Ireland) join American blue-chip galleries such as Heller Gallery and Leo Kaplan Modern of New York; Perimeter Gallery and Ann Nathan Gallery of Chicago; Holsten Galleries of Stockbridge MA and del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles to present dazzling contemporary glass art based on centuries-old Venetian traditions, sculptural Japanese ceramics, superb hollowware by Scandinavian silversmiths, contemporary furniture and wood art, and the most avant-garde American and European jewelry. View dealer highlights.

Lucio Bubacco
Litvak Gallery

A special exhibition presented by Litvak Gallery, Tel Aviv, is devoted to the compelling surreal glass art of Venetian artist Lucio Bubacco, master of the historic “lume” glass technique and who draws from Greek, Roman and Byzantine classic art as well as medieval and renaissance theater and La Commedia dell’Arte for inspiration. Bubacco’s work has been lauded by museum curators and collectors internationally. Read more about Bubacco’s artistry in our Dealer Highlights.

The innovative VIP Program of exclusive visits to private collectors’ homes along with corporate collections and behind-the-scene curator-led tours of museums further enhances the annual fair. Special Exhibits mounted by international arts organizations confirmed to date include: the Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts (AIDA), which last year presented the hugely popular Offering Reconciliation exhibit and was featured in the international press. Also, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design and the Racine Art Museum will mount exhibitions curated specifically for the discriminating SOFA audience.15th