March 31, 2011
The short period of time I spent in New York consisted of moments, moments, and moments. These moments started with the man I mentioned in my previous post, who stopped us along the way to Manhattan. He did so with the question "Are you already lost or not?"
Early next morning, we were having breakfast at a diner before going to the Art Expo. We saw two tall, beautiful women come in and sit down at a nearby table. From their conversation with the waiter, we could tell that they were regulars at the diner, and that they were dancers from the nearby night club. At 9 o'clock in the morning, they ordered quite a substantial meal from the dinner menu.
Since the Art Expo was very near to our hotel, we decided to walk there. On the way, we came across a very interesting shop. Above and below, you'll see photos of it. It was closed, and the windows were quite dusty, although they somehow look slightly better on the photos. In the middle of the shop, we could see a man in work clothes, standing, drinking coffee, and daydreaming.
What struck me the most about the shop were the objects and the colours.
Having walked a few meters away from this mysterious shop, we suddenly noticed the distinctive smell of horses. I was a little self-conscious about taking photos, so I only have one. They were just coming out of their stable. It was also quite a surreal experience, because they were all rolling in line, one after the other.
Finally, we made it to the Art Expo. It was still morning; in the beginning, there weren't that many people. However, it filled up before we knew it, and indeed, it became so crowded that it was a challenge to take any photos at all. I'm glad I had the chance to snap some good shots while I had the chance.
These are Chinese painters, whose appearance at the Art Expo was a distinctive occasion. All the times before, you could only see representatives instead of the actual artists from China. I learned this information from a gallery manager who has worked at the Expo for many years.
We were walking along the aisles when in walked this beautiful lady in red. I automatically pressed the button on my camera, without any further intentions. Curious? Read on.
This is my friend from Russia, with her collection of art dolls. Her name is Elena Gromova.
This artist is from Kazakhstan - Andrey Noda. I have known his works for over ten years, from exhibitions in Moscow. It was wonderful to finally meet him in New York, and find out what an interesting person he really is, and how excellent his sense of humour.
The name of this artist is Lia Sadagashvili. She and her spouse have lived in New York for a decade. She is originally from Georgia. Again, I was familiar with her paintings since my time in Moscow, and seeing them in New York was a very exciting surprise.
I have met Anna Kornycheva for the first time. She is also Russian, and lives in Montreal.
The above three artists have made to the Art Expo for the first time this year. In Russia, they are already well-known and established. You can see more of their work here http://www.art-league.com/ and here http://www.artgallerylavrushin.ru/
I call this "The Breakfast of Sculptors".
Now the identity of the intriguing lady in red is revealed. I was surprised to see the talented actress and painter Jane Seymour appeared at the Art Expo.
I find it impossible not to admire her.
We had the unexpected opportunity to speak to several American collectors. One of the most memorable conversations was with a charming collector named Carl, who told me about his extensive collection. To my shame, I wasn't familiar with the names of a new prominent American painters. If you're reading this, Carl, please take a moment to e-mail me their names. I would really like to know them. Believe me, it would take a short time for me to become familiar with them, because of my curious nature.
As an artist, it was important to me to visit this exhibition. The atmosphere was busy and energetic. I was happy to find it so lively, and to see people purchasing works of art. Their interest was so encouraging. I would recommend visiting the annual Art Expo if you happen to be in New York at that time.
Another thing I was pleased about was the fact that purchasing one ticket allowed for an entry throughout the three days.