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Sculpting History

Chicago’s Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art Fair (SOFA) will celebrate its 15th anniversary by gathering pieces from more than100 galleries in 16 countries. SOFA will be held November 7 through 9 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. New designs from Wendell Castle?whose works in fiberglass, stack laminated wood, and metal have already been sold to major museums such as the Cooper-Hewitt, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum?will be represented by Barry Friedman Ltd., alongside sculptor and ceramicist Jun Kaneko, ceramics artists Lucie Rie and Hans Coper, and glass artist Dale Chihuly, represented by Hosten Galleries in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Chihuly’s glasswork may prove to be a popular exhibit this year, as Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Dr. Christopher Lightfoot will lead a lecture on “Early Glass Making Techniques and Their Influence on Contemporary Glass Art.” (www.sofaexpo.com)

—Alexandra Foster

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