There was some funny stuff at Expo Chicago 2014

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Erika Rothenberg, Greetings IV, 1992, (Detail)

The art may be pricey, but the humor was free at Expo Chicago—and the more than 30,000 people who attended this year saw plenty of it. Among the notables: onetime University of Chicago student Erika Rothenberg's fearlessly sardonic "greeting cards," at the Zolla/Lieberman Gallery booth. Created in the 1990s and still relevant, they go for about $4,000 each (framed), so you probably won't be mailing them off to casual friends on birthdays. The good news is that when the gallery (which has been closed) reopens next March, the opening exhibit will feature about 100 of them.

Erika Rothenberg, Greetings IV, 1992 (Detail) Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
  • Deanna Isaacs
  • Erika Rothenberg, Greetings IV, 1992 (detail), at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery

Also, Ron Mueck's uncanny Two Women, 2005, at the Flag Art Foundation's "Shaq Loves People" exhibit, curated by the big guy himself. So real, it's scary funny.

Ron Mueck, Two Women, (Detail) Flag Art Foundation
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  • Detail of Ron Mueck's Two Women, at Flag Art Foundation

And Carter Mull's Virus, 2014, at the booth of LA gallery Marc Foxx, which consists of 3,600 unique stills attached to Mylar mats. It was priced at $35,000 and sold early in the show, but that didn't keep Ashley Brinkman and Corey Crum from walking all over it.

Carter Mulls Virus (Omighty), 2014, (Detail)  Marc Foxx

Then there was painter Lino Lago's subversively splattered museum gallery Atentados, at the booth of Madrid's Galeria Alvaro Alcazar. Is there a giant, spilling paint can just outside the frame? You could take it home for $18,000.

Lino Lago, Untitled Series Atentados (Detail), Alvaro Alcazar Gallery
  • Deanna Isaacs
  • Lino Lago, Atentados (detail), at Alvaro Alcazar Gallery

I'm a sucker for Tony Oursler's shifting, raspy-voiced, multieyed monster Burst. Priced at $140,000 at the booth of Helsinki's Galerie Forsblom, he's so much more than his fiberglass, projector, and video parts.

Tony Oursler, Burst, Galerie Forsblom

But nothing was funnier than this front page headline in the Art Newspaper's special Expo edition:

The Art Newspaper, Expo Chicago Special Report

Anyone who lives here knows the answer to that.

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