Art Captivates: Highlights from Artexpo 2017

The atmosphere was electric and the art extraordinary at the 39th annual Artexpo New York. As always, the four-day fine art experience was a huge success, drawing tens of thousands of attendees, showcasing thousands of artists, and resulting in millions of dollars in sales. Thank you! We couldn’t do it without the amazing exhibitors, generous sponsors, and avid attendees. Whether you were there and want to relive the highlights or you couldn’t make it this year and want to get excited for our 40th-anniversary show in 2018, read on for a recap of the world’s largest fine art trade show.

The Peak of Pier 94

The world was watching as more than 32,000 attendees—including more than 4,000 during the Opening Night Preview Party—and more than 400 exhibitors from more than 40 countries flocked to Artexpo New York. Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) presented a special exhibition, ACJ Nimbus, a stunning display of “cloud creativity” from internationally renowned artist Berndnaut Smilde and fine art photographer RJ Muna. Cuban artist Juan Luis Perez wowed us all with his painting Worlds Unite, which won the 2017 Artexpo Poster Challenge. Famed photographer Jordan Matter of Dancers Among Us and Dancers After Dark restaged a popular shot that originally went viral. From riveting Art Talks and Topics & Trends seminars to Meet the Artist events and live art demonstrations, Artexpo’s show programming offered attendees the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the artistic process.

2017 Artexpo Award Winners

During the Opening Night Preview Party festivities, while showgoers sipped Louis Jadot wines, artists and galleries received special honors as we handed out this year’s Artexpo Awards. Here are this year’s winners:
  • [SOLO] Award: Rim Chae
  • [FOTO SOLO] Award: Mendelson Fine Art Photography
  • Best International Exhibitors: Bruno Art Group and Novem Fine Art
  • Best Sculpture: Alessandro Romano and Esquisse Gallery
  • Best Booth Design: New York International Contemporary Art Society
  • Directors’ Awards: Smart Publishing and South African Art Collective
  • Best New Exhibitors: Collazo Collection and LN Artexpo
  • Best New Exhibitor–Rising Artist: Eduardo Terranova
  • LaunchPad Artist: Madeleine Anne Cohen

Top Sales & Success Stories

Here’s a sampling of some of our exhibitors’ top sales and feedback for the event. See more testimonials here!

  • Art Design Consultants (ADC) sold 50 pieces of Ken Rausch’s beautiful metal wall sculptures in the first hour of the show opening. “Every year, Artexpo New York gets more popular with buyers and more inspiring than the year before,” says Litsa Spanos of ADC. “It is a show like none other. Within the first hour of the show opening, I sold more than 50 pieces. 50! Gallerists, designers, and collectors couldn’t stop gushing over our artists.”
  • Jeffrey Bisaillon of JBIS Contemporary Fine Art sold six originals, including Dom for $14,000 and No. 5 for $6,000.
  • Mattson’s Fine Art sold three blown glass sculptures by Alexis Silk, ranging from $2,000 to $7,850.
  • Samir Sammoun of Sammoun Fine Art sold October Central Park and Central Park Spring as a pair for $50,000; Walking with Giants for $5,000; and four others.
  • LaunchPad Artist Madeleine Anne Cohen had a great first showing and sold three pieces ranging in price from $900 to $3,200. “I just want to say thank you for everything,” Cohen says. “I am beyond grateful for the experience. I learned how to present myself and my work to the public. I also found the educational seminars to be extremely helpful! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of an amazing world and for guiding me along the way!”
  • Bruce M. Schuettinger, owner of Mosart, says he’s already looking forward to the next show: “Thanks for all your help before and during the show. What an enthusiastic crowd. We got so many wonderful compliments and a number of promising leads with the possible addition of some well-placed publicity in the form of an article or two. You guys did a fantastic job, and I look forward to the next show. Maybe Spectrum Miami.”
  • Attendees enjoyed scouting out potential treasures to take home. “You did such a fabulous job curating the expo,” said attendee Brittanie Burke. “It was very impressive. Highlights for me included Collazo Collection, Arte Collective, Progressive Fine Art, Hugo Diaz, Stephen Palladino, and May Clemente.”

Media Buzz

Artexpo New York garnered tons of attention in media outlets in New York and beyond, with coverage including a shout-out in Time Out New York, a write-up by foodie and food curator Fiorella DiCarlo of Fiorella Eats, a behind-the-scenes look by The Knockturnal, and many others. We also reached more than 100,000 fans via social media, offering followers around the world up-to-the-minute event tidbits and photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks to everyone liking and following us on our social media channels—we love keeping you engaged!

Exhibit in 2018

Whether you want to return to Artexpo after having a successful show this year or you’re inspired by this year’s event to give exhibiting a shot yourself, Artexpo is something you need to experience. Apply for 2018 here, or contact our sales team—they’ll be happy to help you.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to the countless exhibitors, collectors, galleries, and artists who played a part in Artexpo New York 2017. We would also like to thank our sponsors for making this year’s event one of the best. We are looking forward to seeing you again next year at the 40th anniversary Artexpo New York!

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