Day 2 at Artexpo: A Fine-Art Friday

Friday at Artexpo New York welcomed thousands of attendees from all over the globe as they perused one-of-a-kind artwork and mingled with artists, gallery owners, art publishers, and other art aficionados. Highlights included inspiring Meet the Artist talks, Morris Hills High School’s [SYNERGY] Art Project, and Friday Night at Artexpo, a fab soirée with refreshing cocktails and socializing galore.

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Day 1 at Artexpo: A First Look

Artexpo New York kicked off in full force yesterday as trade buyers came to seek out the latest artwork from over 400 exhibitors from around the world. Following a successful trade day was the VIP Opening Night Preview Party, featuring drinks from D’USSE and Emory Vodka; an appearance by the recently crowned Miss New York, Iman Oubou; a live dance-photo demo by Jordan Matter; and the unveiling of the Artexpo 2015 Poster Challenge Winner, Without Hesitation by Joëlle Blouin. Take a look!

A grand time was had by all—and it was just the beginning! An amazing array of art, education, and exciting events will be continuing throughout the weekend. Make your way to Pier 94 today for a day full of artistic inspiration and stay for Friday Night at Artexpo from 5–7 p.m., featuring even more cocktails, mingling, and entertainment.

One more thing—make sure to follow ArtexpoNewYork on Instagram for more exclusive photos! And if you’re at the event, make sure to add #artexpo and #artexpony to your posts so we can enjoy the show from your point of view.

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Poster Challenge Winner Joëlle Blouin with her winning piece.

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RMG’S Linda Mariano with Joëlle Blouin.

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Press at the American Hairong Cultural Development booths.

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Attendees enjoying the Opening Night festivities.

Leaping Through the Lens: Jordan Matter Photography

This weekend at Artexpo, we’re excited to announce that Jordan Matter, the stunning dance photographer and author of New York Times bestseller Dancers Among Us, will be exhibiting.
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Not only will Jordan be showing his vibrant, push-the-limits artwork at Booth S424, but he’ll also be there to sign books every day from 4–7 p.m. Want to see Jordan in motion? He’ll be doing a group shot with three ballerinas near his booth around 6 p.m. tonight as part of the VIP Opening Night Preview Party festivities.

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Don’t miss this chance to meet Jordan and check out his fabulous photos! Grand jeté over to Booth S424 to get in on the action.

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Today’s the Big Day! Artexpo 2015 Begins

With the big event starting today at noon, you can imagine how busy the Artexpo team has been setting up the show at Pier 94 this week. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at all that goes into making Artexpo New York happen!

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The entrance to Artexpo New York.

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Setting up Peter Terrin’s exhibit, Booth #301.

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Unpacking art for The Signature Gallery, Booth D.

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Assembling the stage for the Topics & Trends seminars.

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No detail goes unnoticed when setting up exhibitor booths.

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Crate upon crate of exhibitor artwork await unpacking.


We’ll be keeping you posted on all the action at Artexpo over the weekend. Still need tickets? Purchase them here or simply pick them up when you arrive at Pier 94. Happy Opening Day!

Featured Artist: Diego Cappella

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, photographer Diego Cappella developed an early interest in art; his parents, also immersed in the artistic lifestyle, gave him a Kodak Instamatic X-35 when he was just five years old. He counts it as a blessing that his upbringing allowed him the freedom and space to develop his creativity.
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Starting his career in Miami as a designer in the publishing industry, Cappella produced his own publication, DVOX Magazine, and soon branched out into the advertising world, earning numerous awards for his work. Yet photography remained his passion, and his experience in advertising allowed Cappella to nudge his photography more into focus. Just five years ago, he opened his own commercial photography studio in Miami, Cappella Photography.
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Encompassing everything from crisp black-and-white cityscapes to blurred, atmospheric shots of polo matches, Cappella’s extensive portfolio shows that he captures life around him with a vivid, crystal-clear vision. Of his Fast Polo series (pictured here), Cappella notes, “The project is not intended only for lovers of this sport, but to a wider audience that can share thoughts from different perspectives … However, I want my work to be an invitation to get to know the singularities of the sport, even throughout its history and its origin, as it happens to ourselves towards the universe. We know something, we glimpse something, and it is extraordinary.”

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You can see the work of Diego Cappella at Artexpo New York this weekend at the BlinkGroup Fine Art Gallery Booth #209. For more info, check out his website here.

Synergy Art Projects at AENY

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Synergy: [si-nər-jē], noun. Definition: The interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc.


 

Artexpo New York is excited to be hosting two [SYNERGY] Art Projects this year as part of our Topics & Trends Education and Events Series. Two New Jersey schools will be involved in this project, Woodcliff Middle School and Morris Hills High School.

On Friday, April 24, from 12:30–3:30 p.m., watch as the students from Morris Hills High School, coached by several talented Artexpo artists, create their [SYNERGY] Art Project masterpiece. Morris Hills stresses the importance of art as a critical subject for students throughout their high school years, because engagement in an arts classroom—aside from providing creative enrichment—teaches students how to be good workers and responsible people. For the [SYNERGY] Project, a group of 36 multimedia art students have devised their artwork theme and will complete it at Artexpo.

On Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., students from Woodcliff Middle School, coached by several talented Artexpo artists, will create their [SYNERGY] Art Project masterpiece. The Art After Hours program at Woodcliff, under the direction of Shawn McCabe, strives to provide students in grades six through eight with a rigorous, individualized, and enjoyable creative experience outside of the regular school day. Students are invited to participate in a process that is driven entirely by the individual student. For the [SYNERGY] Project, the students have devised their artwork theme and will make it come alive at Artexpo.

As Art After Hours Director Shawn McCabe explains, “Ultimately, those students who excel in this program demonstrate exceptional enthusiasm, commitment, professionalism, and independence, along with a willingness to challenge traditional rules about art making.”

Please come by and watch as these amazing art pieces unfold!

Update: Check out these photos from the [SYNERGY] Art Projects at the show. We’ll keep adding more as they roll in!”

View our complete Education and Events Schedule here >

Featured Artist: Peter Layton

Regarded as the “grand old man of glass,” British glass artist Peter Layton is one of the world’s most widely respected artists in the medium. Layton has inspired and influenced countless present-day glassmakers with his creation-before-commercialism attitude, his exquisite use of color and organic texture, and the sculptural quality of his work.

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Wheatfield by Peter Layton

“Glass is such an underrated medium,” remarks Layton, with “a fluidity and uncertainty which I choose to embrace rather than overcome.” Still quite active in his mid-70s, Layton looks forward to continuing to explore and create, explaining that “there are always new ideas, techniques, and other challenges to master.”

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Nautilus Dropper by Peter Layton

Inspired by whatever is around him, whether it be concrete patterns in nature or abstract concepts facing society, Layton shapes his observations into gorgeous glass pieces, which have graced the collections of such luminaries as Elton John and the Duchess of Kent and can be found in museums, galleries, and exhibitions across Europe and America.

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Paradiso by Peter Layton

Make sure to see Peter Layton’s work at the Mattson’s Fine Art Booth #263 at Artexpo New York 2015. For more on Layton, visit his glass studio website here.

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Peter Layton working in the studio

2015 Poster Challenge Winner

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The winner of this year’s Artexpo New York Poster Challenge is Joëlle Blouin, for her piece Without Hesitation. This year’s contest, themed “Passageways,” garnered over 300 entries. After our judges whittled it down to 10 finalists, the judging went to the public, as the finalists competed for votes on Facebook to secure the win. Here are the other nine finalists—a big congratulations to all! Make sure to look for the Poster Challenge finalists’ display in the 2015 Artexpo Show Lounge!

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Joëlle Blouin – Without Hesitation

The first 1,000 ticket holders to Artexpo New York will get a free poster!


Here are the other nine finalists—a big congratulations to all! Make sure to look for the Poster Challenge finalists’ display in the 2015 Artexpo Show Lounge!

  • The Fantasy Passage by Maria Fernanda Lairet
  • Manhattanhenge Passageway, NYC by Tibi Hegyesi
  • Out of Nowhere by Manss Aval
  • Wheat Field, The Ways of Life by Samir Sammoun
  • Mind The Gap by Karin Lowney-Seed
  • Serenity Lane by Cristina Zorrilla Speer
  • Dogma by Thomas Dodd
  • Transfer by Jeff Bye
  • Life in the Fast Lane… 42nd Street by Linda Tucker

AENY 2015 – Meet the Artists Events

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Get up close and personal with the world-renowned artists exhibiting at the show via our Meet the Artist series. This exciting series offers you the chance to learn from some of the artists directly about their artistic journey and creative process, as well as ask them questions and perhaps even see them perform a live demo!


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2-4pm | Meet the Artists: Current Art Group, Location: Booth 315

Meet the international artists represented by Current Art Group! Listen to the story of Franco Mbilizi from Africa and his inspiration to use quantum, molecular, scientific, and ancient symbols to create meaning in his artwork. Carlos A. Pereira and his “Little Creatures” collection of multi-dimensional artwork will fascinate you. And Tania Bakalarz from Colombia will enchant you with her journey to discover different forms of expression through her art. Each of these artists will be on hand to meet you and share more of their story and art with you.


 

4-5pm | Meet the Artist: Tom Venning, 10 Artist 4 US, Location: Booth 600

Meet international artist Tom Venning and watch him create his magic on the canvas! His art is based on Zen Calligraphy, but being self-taught and having no emotional connection to Chinese characters, he developed his own unique form of asemic writing that twists dimensions and challenges perception. Watch and learn his process and mindset of calligraphy as he demonstrates and creates a painting during your visit!


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12pm-1pm Meet the Artist: Nick Paciorek, Location: Booth 333

Meet Nick Paciorek, the renowned artist whose work is seen from coast to coast. With broad strokes of color lending emotional impact, each of his pieces is a celebration of light and color and a vivid interpretation of his subjects. He tends to paint large cities with active skylines, busy streets, and hard edges, where he can bring his interpretation of the relationship of one building to another and the immediacy of light hitting a surface in a particular way across the canvas. Always eager to share his story and art, Nick looks forward to meeting you!


 

1pm-2pm Meet the Artist: William Ho, Location: Booth B

Meet and watch William Ho, the internationally renowned artist, as he demonstrates his Chinese brush painting technique and explains its gateway to understanding Chinese culture. William’s works are regarded as masterpieces carrying timeless messages to the world–the Chinese Picasso some have said. His art has been exhibited and installed in international museums, galleries, public venues including the UN Headquarters and the Louvre Museum in Paris. This is a rare chance to meet this international artist and see him demonstrate his techniques.


 

2pm-3pm Meet the Artists: Mattson’s Fine Art, Location: Booth 263

Meet the sensational glass sculpture artists that exhibit at Mattson’s Fine Art, each with pieces in museums and private collections around the world. Perhaps you like the life-size sculptural work of Alexis Silk, or the whimsical work of James Wilbat, or the amazing etched and cut details of Lisabeth Sterling’s vessels—or perhaps, like us, you fancy the work of all three! Each of these artists will be on hand to meet you and share more of their story and art with you.


 

2pm-3pm Meet the Artist: Anna Razumovskaya, Location: Booth 207

Don’t miss this chance to meet acclaimed Russian painter Anna Razumovskaya. Her signature style is easily recognizable—classic, romantic figures with a sense of elegance and grace. Each piece carries an aura associated with the Renaissance, yet Anna’s uniquely expressive, dynamic technique makes them refreshingly modern figurative forms. Listening to Anna’s eclectic mix of experiences will enchant you as you learn how they have enabled her to create a an amazing body of work. Stop by and receive a signed print from Anna as a gift.


 

4pm-5pm Meet the Artist: Zingaro of Art on a Whim Gallery, Location: Booth 319

Meet Zingaro, the master of vitreous enamel, and learn directly from him the story behind his use of this ancient art form. The medium dates back thousands of years, but it is rarely seen these days. If nothing else, stop by to say hello and see the artwork. Viewing Zingaro’s vitreous enamel work is as fascinating as the story behind it. Luminous and contemporary yet rustic, each original work of art glows.
Be there to enjoy meeting Zingaro and seeing his amazing artwork.


 

4pm-5pm Meet the Artist: Tom Venning, 10 Artists 4 US, Location: Booth 600

Meet international artist Tom Venning and watch him create his magic on the canvas! His art is based on Zen Calligraphy, but being self-taught and having no emotional connection to Chinese characters, he developed his own unique form of asemic writing that twists dimensions and challenges perception. Watch and learn his process and mindset of calligraphy as he demonstrates and creates a painting during your visit!


 SUNDAY

1pm-2pm Meet the Artist: William Ho, Location: Booth B

Meet and watch William Ho, the internationally renowned artist, as he demonstrates his Chinese brush painting technique and explains its gateway to understanding Chinese culture. William’s works are regarded as masterpieces carrying timeless messages to the world–the Chinese Picasso some have said. His art has been exhibited and installed in international museums, galleries, public venues including the UN Headquarters and the Louvre Museum in Paris. This is a rare chance to meet this international artist and see him demonstrate his techniques.?


 

1pm-2pm Meet the Artist: Tom Venning, 10 Artists 4 US, Location: Booth 600

Meet international artist Tom Venning and watch him create his magic on the canvas! His art is based on Zen Calligraphy, but being self-taught and having no emotional connection to Chinese characters, he developed his own unique form of asemic writing that twists dimensions and challenges perception. Watch and learn his process and mindset of calligraphy as he demonstrates and creates a painting during your visit!


 

2pm-3pm Meet the Artist: Cynthia Duff of Art on a Whim Gallery, Location: Booth 319

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Cynthia Duff and see her organic and contemporary collection of works on wood. Each piece undulates with a perfect combination of form, color, and composition that literally seems to pop off of the wall. As viewers walk past her work, different parts of the painting appear. Looking at each piece changes dramatically depending on the angle from which it is viewed. You’ll want to hear her story of how she uses music, color, subject, shape, and line to orchestrate her art.

Featured Artist: Alexis Silk

Visceral. Provocative. Multifaceted. These are just a few of the myriad observations one could make about Alexis Silk’s work. Working with molten glass, Silk creates sculpted figures that evoke a host of strong and perhaps conflicting feelings as they offer commentary on not just the human form, but also human nature in general, including gender roles and society’s objectification of the female body.

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Sculpture by Alexis Silk

Calling the process of working with hot glass “a dance, intensely hot, urgent, complex, subtle, and immediate,” Alexis Silk could also very well be describing the results of her process. Each of her glass figures, which range in expression from intense to whimsical, is masterfully crafted entirely free-hand by Silk and illustrates that there’s more to us as people than what meets the eye. Lurking under the surface of each of Silk’s sculptures—and each of us—is a richly complex layering of colors, waiting to be discovered.

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Female Angel by Alexis Silk

Finding inspiration for her artwork all around her, Silk notes that “the human figure, in its many forms, is a constant source of connection to humanity, life, the self, and the infinite. Society is the context within which humanity exists and an inexhaustible source of content for art.”

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Sculpture by Alexis Silk

One unusual aspect of Silk’s work is the scale of her blown-glass pieces, some of which measure almost six feet tall including their steel frames. Silk explains that “the process of making these large pieces is dramatic. It involves up to 50 or 60 pounds of molten glass on the end of a five-foot-long blow pipe and requires the assistance of up to seven strong, skilled assistants working with me while I sculpt the glass.”

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Alexis Silk at Work

Silk, who graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, has been working full-time as an artist since 2006. She continues to study with renowned glass masters in Italy and beyond, and her work is showcased in museums, galleries, private collections and fine art shows around the world. Silk, who is represented by Mattson’s Fine Art, will be exhibiting some of her work at this year’s upcoming Artexpo New York—make sure to check out the Mattson’s Fine Art booth (#263) at the show!
For more on Alexis Silk, visit her website.