Artexpo 2008, Jacob Javits Center NY, NY.
Let's face it, if it happens at the Jacob Javits Center chances are you want to be there. The 2008 art expo was no exception, with over 1000 booths, more than 50,000 visitors, including trade buyers, there was not only something for both the beginning and avid art collector, there was also plenty for both galleries and artists to use to measure their work.
Art Expo is the largest Expo of its kind in the United States and possibly in the world. This year the first part took place in New York from March 1st to March 3rd (the second part will take place in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino), September 19-21, 2008) . It is the Super Bowl of Art Shows where one can showcase their best work, now while getting to the dance is one thing, actually dancing is another. Now while some artists may have been content just being there (they're the ones that won't make it back there next year), the committed artist did his/her best to utilize the experience as a means to not only sell his/her but to make contacts they would otherwise not have made and showcase their works to a larger audience. ArtExpo has opened the doors for buyers looking to invest in emerging artists by setting up the SOLO pavilion which features hundreds of independent artists who have yet to be signed with a gallery or art dealer. SOLO is a new venue for artists to be discovered, not by art publishers, gallery owners, but collectors and enthusiast seeking one of a kind treasures.
When you first step into the Expo, one can't help but be a bit overwhelmed by the magnitude of the show itself... this is for 'the big boys'. Artists from Brasil, Germany, France, Japan showcased traditional and cutting-edge works. With 30 years under it's belt, ArtExpo New York has helped launch the careers of some of Americas most recognized artists of the 20th century, including Leroy Neiman, Andy Warhol, Peter Max, And Robert Rauschenberg to name a few.