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Cordy Ryman in the booth of DCKT Contemporary at NEXT in Chicago
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by Pedro Vélez

Once the king of American art fairs, Art Chicago, May 1-5, 2009, now in its 29th edition, is trying to reclaim its place (any kind of place), despite the current art-market recession and the difficulties of its own recent history. In pursuit of this goal, its current owner, the deep-pocketed and determined Merchandise Mart, has embraced a most American of strategies, betting that bigger is better.


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