Resolved: More Art in 2017!

Frank Ponterio – December 23, 2016

One of the things I enjoyed most about 2016 was getting out and seeing art in my city or when on the road. I hereby resolve to do it even more in 2017!


Here in Chicago, people are still talking about “Mastry,” the extraordinary 35-year retrospective of Chicago native Kerry James Marshall’s work that graced our city’s Museum of Contemporary Art through the summer of 2016. The show is now at the Met in NYC through January, then off to LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art from March through July 2017.


The gallery scene here in Chicago continues to grow beyond what's right outside my office door here in River North – don’t miss out on what’s happening all around the city! The winter gallery season kicks off in River North on Friday, January 6. Whether you live here or are planning a visit to Chicago, be sure to check out Chicago Gallery News for listings of what’s on display, free gallery tours and news about Chicago’s impressive gallery culture.


I wrapped up 2016 with a visit to Miami, joining fellow Design Leadership Network members for our winter summit. The DLN’s gathering coincided with Miami Art Week. From Art Basel Miami (featuring 269 renowned galleries from around the world) to the Fringe Art Fair, and upwards of twenty other fairs in between, my only regret was not having more time to take in all of the art on offer in Miami. It was great fun to walk around with some of my favorite DLN friends, looking for fantastic pieces to bring back for our projects...or ourselves!


Wherever you live, resolve to get out and support the artists, gallerists, and art districts near you in 2017. Stretch your post-holiday legs, enjoy the beauty, be inspired, gather for drinks or a meal afterward, and let the conversation flow. What a terrific way to kick off the New Year!


All my best,


Some favorites from Miami Art Week 2016:

Peinture, 19 Novembre 1951 by Pierre Soulages (oil on canvas, 15” x 21 5/8”)

Represented by Archeus / Post Modern



Face 3 by Young-Wook Han (oil on aluminum, 102” x 102”)

Represented by Galerie Bhak



Untitled, 1948 by Wilfredo Lam (oil on linen, 29” x 30.25”)

Represented by Tres Art



White Dress by Ewa Bathelier (acrylic on fabric, 86 1/2” x 88 1/4”)

Represented by Galleria Ca’ d’Oro



Structure of Thought 24 by Mike + Doug Starn (K3 Ultrachrome inks on kozo, Thai mulberry papers with wax, encaustic and varnish, 32 1/2" x 27 3/4”)

Represented by HackelBury Fine Art



Face 8 by Young-Wook Han (oil on aluminum, 59” x 51”)

Represented by Galerie Bhak



Aggregation OZ-D101 by Kwang-Young Chun (mixed media with Korean mulberry paper, 28.5” x 24”)

Represented by Rosenfeld Gallery



Fellow art lovers and Design Leadership Network members (from left) Michael Imber, Bill Peace and Patrick Sutton...joined here in Miami by the lovely Tracy Sutton!

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