Chicago – In order to bring art to enliven the walls and spaces of the Fashion Outlets of Chicago as it was being built, developers of the multilevel outlet shopping center partnered with the newly-founded, Chicago-based collective The Arts Initiative, which brings art to public and private places.
Primary Projects, the Miami-based curator of the project, selected 11 artists—including Daniel Arsham, Jen Stark, Bhakti Baxter and Jim Drain—to install permanent works at the Fashion Outlets, which opened on August 1, 2013. The notion of permanence is a shift for Primary Projects. Curators Books IIII Bischof, Typoe, and Cristina Gonzalez launched Wynwood’s curated street art movement during Art Basel Miami more than six years ago. This fall, Primary Projects will open a new space in Downtown Miami that will feature work by artists like Kenton Parker and Andrew Nigon, who also created works for the Fashion Outlets of Chicago.