ARTEXPO NEW YORK CELEBRATES ITS 45TH ANNUAL EDITION WITH A RENAISSANCE IN CONTEMPORARY AND FINE ART
More than 18,000 trade attendees and collectors converge at Pier 36 to discover the latest trends emerging from the art world
New York, NY – April 20th, 2022: Artexpo New York, the world’s largest contemporary and fine art marketplace, celebrated its 45th year at Pier 36 in Manhattan, April 7 - 10, with a notable resurgence from the art industry and collectors who were eager to discover the latest trends shaping the art world.
This year’s fair hosted more than 150 innovative exhibiting galleries, art publishers, and artists from 14 countries across the globe, showcasing original work of 1000+ artists, including prints, paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, giclees, lithographs and glass works, among other contemporary and fine art.
More than 18,000 avid art enthusiasts and industry leaders flocked to experience the annual fine art destination, enjoying [SOLO] - highlighting established and independent emerging artists, together with Spotlight Program, a focused look at several cutting-edge galleries and artists chosen by the Redwood Art Group selection committee; Art Labs, a series of outstanding projects by leading galleries, art institutions, and art collectives within the fair; Meet the Artists and Live Demonstrations, presenting an interactive experience - allowing attendees to get up-close-and-personal with the artists; and Art Talks, conversations with today’s most influential pioneers from the arts industry on a variety of topical themes.
“This year’s Artexpo New York gave attendees what they were longing for after an extended hiatus and now a revitalized comeback by the art world,” says Eric Smith, President and CEO of Redwood Art Group. ”The seasonal mid-April chill did not deter industry leaders, collectors, and avid art enthusiasts from wanting to discover the latest talents showcased by a large contingent of global exhibitors, representing a total of 14 countries. The impressive sales undertaken by exhibitors over the four-day fair proves how important Artexpo New York has become among the art industry’s dealers, publishers, galleries and the artists themselves.”
The Opening Night VIP Preview for Artexpo New York on Thursday, April 7, gave hundreds of VIPs and the attending media a special preview of what as in-store over the four-day showcase, as industry attendees capitalized on the opportunity to network and reconvene with those they have done business with virtually over the last 24 months.
The Spotlight Program continued to be a highlight of Artexpo New York’s programming, with this year’s recipients bringing their cutting-edge talent to the forefront of the art world. The six remarkable recipients selected for this year’s Spotlight Program, included Will Schmahl from Works By Will, Erick Picardo from Picardo Colors, John Dowling from John Dowling Fine Art, Jeremiah Heller, curator from End-to-End Gallery, Gregory Bedford from Bedford Fine Art, and George & Mikheil Mikaberidze from George & Mikheil Family Art.
The compelling subjects and themes for Art Talks were developed by the Artexpo New York selection committee, featuring some of today’s most prominent leaders from the arts business world, complete with interactive audience Q&As that took place daily on the upper Mezzanine level at Pier 36. Topical conversations for the Art Talks 2022 series included “Turning Textiles in to Art,” “Origins of Inspiration,” “Storytelling Through Art,” “From Warhol to Banksy - A History of Pop Art,” “Two Dynamic Women Artists” and “Inherently Imperfect.”
This year’s Art Labs featured a series of outstanding projects by leading galleries, art institutions, and art collectives presented on-site within the fair, and included “A Peaceful Earth Experience” and “The City Never Sleeps” by Art Gallery Pure, “For the Children of Ukraine” by Sammoun Fine Art, and “Super 80s” by K-Art Projects. The Artexpo New York Discoveries Collection presented a selection of unique discoveries from this year’s artists and exhibitors, selected by the Artexpo New York Curatorial Team as its favorite pieces of art - each one priced at $3,000 or less.
Support for Ukraine took center stage at this year’s fair, with several exhibitors uniting to support the children of Ukraine - giving their proceeds to the UNICEF Fund. From his personal experience as a child fleeing war in Lebanon, artist Samir Sammoun immediately thought of the children of Ukraine as they became refugees from their war-torn country. Mr. Sammoun created a 24x36 oil-on-canvas painting in his signature artistic style titled “Peace,” depicting a special wheat field with a blue sky, using the colors of the Ukrainian flag. The painting was sold for more than $15,000 and Mr. Sammoun donated 100% of the proceeds of this painting and other special pieces on exhibit to UNICEF.
The number of sales and commissions reported throughout the show this year was impressive, as were the gallery placements by [SOLO] artists. Here is a brief summary of highlights from this year’s exhibitor sales.
- Jeremiah Heller, curator from End-to-End Gallery had excellent success throughout the show, placing Martin Whatson’s “Panda,” “Pull Back,” “The Catch,” “Rock Climber” and “Connection” at $500 to $5000; as well as placing multiple sales of Mr. Brainwash’s "Flowers" for more than a combined $8000. End-to-End Gallery placed a total of 14+ pieces over the four days with more expected post-fair.
- Artavita – World Wide Art placed a number of its most popular works from its artists at prices undisclosed, including pieces by Cladjizza, Piero Gianfrancheschi, Marie Aberhard, Vanessa Wahorl, Madeleine Schachter and Maria Cristina Lattes.
- Samir Sammoun of Sammoun Fine Arts, a Redwood Art Group exhibitor for more than 20 years, proved to be one the most successful exhibitors with pieces placed that included “Parasols Rouge” at $4,750; “La Printemps” at $15,750; “CypressSoliel II” at $15,750; “Champ de Ile” at $16,750; “Elegance” at $8,850; “Au Bord du St-Laurent” at $6,000; “September in the Mediterranean Shore” at $4,750; “Sunrise on the Beach” at $4,750; “Music” at $5,100; “Wheat Field Study” at $2,600, and his “Peace” for proceeds donated to UNICEF, that sold for $15,750.
- K-Art Projects USA came out with placing a total of eight pieces by artists Mher Khachatryan, Lucienne Toledo (4 pieces), Adriana Dorta, Diana Vurnbrand, Betiana Bradas, Gregg Emery, Andre Paul Croteau and Patrizia Casagranda.
- CHT_NYC_Art placed multiple works by artists Tim Saternow, Carole McDermott, and Helene Mukhtar.
- ADC Fine Art placed works by artists Marissa White, Mike Elsas (7 pieces), Ken Rausch, Doug Powell and Terri Halman.
- ArtNWordz placed 60+ pieces, ranging from prints at $40 to originals at $2,700 to $6,000, including “Marilyn,” “The Umbeatles,” and “Frida Rose,” among others.
- Art Love Gallery represented its artists well with more than 50 pieces placed, including Gary Rosen’s "Dope," and “Page 6,” Jackie Fuchs’ "Designer Pets,” “Designer Art,” “Living Color,” “Bad Dog” and “Mod” series; "Love Spray," “Basquit,” "David Bowie,” “Panda Bags” and “Money Bags” by Con$umer; Pitch Black’s "Luxury Cat," as well as “Bad Fruit,” “Designer Fruit,” “Pop Art” and “DP” by Peter Marcus Green, and Amy Shekhter’s “Reign On Me” and "Niomi."
- Artist Adi Oren sold a remarkable 11 paintings in total, including "Union" at $3,200; ‘Golden Gal” at $3,200; “Soaring” at $1,300; “Red Set Go!” at $1200; “Golden Gal in Yellow” at $2,000; “Freedom Flier” at $3,900; “Victory” at $3,200; “Diver in Red” at $3,200 and “El Toro at $12,000.
- The Chadwick Concepts by Chadwick Accinue placed multiple pieces of his work also, including "Beneath the Surface" at $4,500; "Color Scapes Chalk Study 1” at $7,500; “Colorscapes Gray Study 2” at $7,500 and "Ever More She Dazzles" at $4,500.
Artists and galleries were presented special honors as recipients of this year’s Artexpo Awards. This year’s proud winners were the following:
- BEST BOOTH DESIGN: Adi Oren and Art Gallery Pure
- SCULPTURE: Aghassi and Mattson’s Fine Art
- BEST NEW EXHIBITOR: Philip Josef Glass Art Gallery and CHT_NYC_ART
- BEST INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITOR: Singulart and Svenska Konstgalleriet
- DIRECTORS’ AWARD: Artavita/World Wide Art and K-Art Projects
- BEST [SOLO] EXHIBIT: EFX and Roger Hsia
- AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Madeleine Cohen, Art Love Gallery, Nazli Kalayci Art Dealer and Addo Contemporary Art
Each year, thousands of art industry insiders flock to Artexpo New York in search of the art and the artists that will shape trends in galleries worldwide. Over the past several years, Pier 36 has become a recognizable event space in Lower Manhattan, utilized for high-end shows and large-scale events. Artexpo New York celebrated its 45th Anniversary and kicked-off the Spring 2022 season of acclaimed art fairs in New York City.