Artexpo New York 2010 – A New Venue, A Great Success
I’m happy to report that Artexpo New York 2010 was a great success. From March 25-28, all 135,000 square feet of Pier 94 was transformed into a lively art marketplace teeming with exhibitors, attendees and beautiful artworks of all genres. The event hosted over 250 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees — a wonderful showing. Who says the art market’s in a lull?
Though we heard opinions on both sides, relocating Artexpo to Pier 94 from the Jacob Javits Center proved to be an excellent move. According to numerous exhibitors and attendees, the space offered a less cavernous and more intimate environment to experience the art. Said Artexpo CEO Eric Smith, “We were looking forward to a fresh start in New York at Pier 94 and we were thrilled with the results. We had a great turnout. People were buying and exhibitors loved the new venue too. It just fit.”
Several of Artexpo’s leading exhibitors—Discovery Galleries, Blazing Editions, and Crown Thorn Publishing— boasted exceptionally strong sales, with Crown Thorn selling out its entire collection within hours of opening day.
First-time exhibitor Studio La Scala, which carries reverse paintings on Plexiglas, also sold out most of its collection by the end of opening day. “As a first-time exhibitor at Artexpo, this was a fantastic experience. Each day was better than the last,” said Damon La Scala of Studio La Scala.
Newcomers to the SOLO section of the show were also pleased with the results. First-time exhibitor Jane Waterous nearly sold out her entire collection in just three days. “It was such a great experience overall. I had always wanted to exhibit in New York City and I am so glad that I did. This has opened so many doors for me.” Jane was one of three artists who won the SOLO Award, which is granted to promising rising stars in the art world.
Aside from the artwork itself, Artexpo hosted several wonderful events geared toward fostering awareness of the arts. Free Arts NYC brought together NYC youth and actor/artist Jane Seymour to paint a beautiful mural:
Artists Marthalicia Matarrita, Andre Trenier, Ben Angotti and Julie Freil paid homage to Picasso’s epic Guernica painting, during the pulse-racing Art Battles event. Congrats to Ben Angotti (below, foreground), who won the competition and earned a free SOLO booth at the next Artexpo!
The 2010 Education Series was also incredibly well received. Thanks to all of our esteemed speakers, who offered expert perspectives on a wide range of art industry topics—including art & social media, and current trends in color & home decor. On that note, thanks to one and all who made this year’s show an incredible success, from our talented artists to our distinguished galleries, helpful show staff and enthusiastic attendees!
Artexpo is currently signing on exhibitors for Artexpo Chicago, which will take place from October 1-3 at the Merchandise Mart. Co-locating with the LuxeHome show and the International Antiques Fair, Artexpo Chicago will offer an extraordinary collection of antiques, innovative fine art and luxury boutiques for home renovation. In addition, exhibitors will have the opportunity to network with thousands of artists, interior designers, architects and antique dealers. Artexpo Chicago will continue to offer innovative, high-quality artwork with exciting lectures and alliances to benefit artists and the industry. For more information on the show visit: www.ArtexpoChicago.com.