THE WINDY APPLE
by Abraham Orden
Once upon a time, Art Chicago
was a high-rolling event, the jewel of the international fair calendar. Well, the invisible hand of the market giveth, and it taketh away. Art Chicago is no longer, strictly speaking, an art world event. In some last-minute scrambling, after what seems to have been a serious monetary shortfall that threatened to scuttle the entire event, Art Chicago organizer Thomas Blackman
sold the fair to Chicagoís Merchandise Mart
. Itís the end of an era.