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October 26, 2011

Furniture and Folk Art at SOFA Chicago

By Rachel Wolff | Art

Brian Fireman Swallowtail chair, available at Bespoke Global.

The once-great Art Chicago may have lost a fair share of its cache to New York’s Armory Show and the ever buzzier, ever glitzier Art Basel Miami Beach, but SOFA Chicago, an international expo of sculpture, objects and functional art, persists—and has arguably grown stronger over the years. This November’s one-off and limited-edition offerings hail from some 60 galleries from around the world, among them New York’s venerable Aaron Faber Gallery, Barry Friedman and Heller Gallery. Look for hand-carved candelabras, precious vessels, statement-making jewelry, vases, textiles and chairs so pretty, so sumptuous, so exquisitely crafted that you’ll never want to take a seat. Currently on view is the Intuit Show of Folk & Outsider Art, an area in which the city has a surprisingly strong history: “Outsider artist” extraordinaire Henry Darger spent much of his non-art-making life as a janitor at a Chicago hospital. November 4–6; Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.; sofaexpo.com.