Building on a celebrated history of artists producing images for the first global contemporary art fair in North and South America, EXPO CHICAGO revives a celebrated tradition of producing an artist-designed, limited-edition print and poster for sale to herald the eighth edition. Bringing to life an iconic image by Nick Cave, the 2019 poster initiative furthers the legacy of Chicago hosting an international art exposition, which began with the Chicago International Art Exposition at Navy Pier in 1980.

The images for the 2019 EXPO CHICAGO limited-edition print and poster are designed by Facility, a Chicago-based creative studio and nonprofit initiative founded by Nick Cave and Bob Faust, and are produced by Landfall Press—the original publisher of the art fair posters from the 1980s and 90s. Drawing upon motifs found in Cave’s early portfolio, these collectible pieces serve as mementos to the city of Chicago. “The poster is very much tied to my work,” Cave shares. “It’s looking at one particular image and layering color on top of color... creating a three-dimensional, vast garden.”   

Available for purchase now. Ships in mid-September.

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A portion of all proceeds will go to Facility Foundation, which provides scholarships and opportunities for emerging artists, fosters collaborations with like-minded established artists, and partners with outside organizations and institutions to galvanize their outreach programming. Sales will also support EXPO CHICAGO’s Curatorial Initiatives, which seeks to promote the development of curators and foster the international dialogue between artists and institutions in Chicago and the greater Midwest.