Opium and Anarchy: Chris Kennedy’s majestic Artropolis, 2009
“What you fellows did here is more relevant than anything up on our floor…”
Thus spake one of the directors of Art Chicago, one of the world’s most impressive contemporary art fairs.
Although we were on the “traditional” art floor, we proved that what was old is… in this case, sadly… cutting-edge new again. We put together a show that was all gallows humor and intoxicating escapism, and from the overwhelming reaction and camera flashes going off all weekend, Century Guild was a runaway hit; the Chicago Tribune mentioned us as one of the fifteen “must see” things in the show.
Sex. Drugs. Disease. Starvation. Anarchy. These were the themes that we decided the night before setup at Artropolis would replace the beautiful Art Nouveau we had been planning to bring to the International Art Fair for months. Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele made the cut: a saucy nude, lifting her breasts seemed right at home in the aforementioned company. A gothic syphilis poster stared from across the wall at this young and healthy girl; it was a daring contrast.
The show was two weeks ago, but it’s 2:41 and I need to go to bed, so a quick recap: (please note that I grew a beard in an attempt to pass as an adult.)