04 Oct Art Expo Malaysia 2013
This year’s Art Expo Malaysia marked Artemis Art’s second participation in this prestigious event. Similar to previous Art Expos, this year’s event was held at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC) just off of Jalan Duta. The event took place from Thursday, September 19 to Sunday, September 22, 2013, with the VIP Night on Wednesday, September 18.
Having learned from our first outing this year, we chose a slightly different orientation for the booth, allowing more artworks to be displayed. This time around we included works from young Malaysian artists who have exhibited with us in the past year, namely Azimuddin Manaf, Cracko (Crig Royno Francis), Nik Mohd Hazri, and Skinner (T.W. Chang).
In addition to these, the artists whose works we exhibited were similar to last year, focusing on emerging Indonesian artists such as Aan Gunawan, Andi Firmanto, Dedy Sufriadi, and Riduan, plus the sculptures of Malaysian artist Zheng Yuande.
Another thing we did differently this year was to feature the works of mid-career Indonesian artist Erica Hestu Wahyuni, a name that is quite well-known to art collectors and has been a mainstay within the auction circuit in Indonesia for the past several years. Needless to say, all three of her works that were available for display were snapped up.
While the crowd this year seemed less in volume compared to 2012, we felt that the quality of the crowd was much better, as were the overall selection of works presented by the various galleries. In all, 60 galleries from over 20 countries participated in this year’s event, with over 2,000 pieces of art of various sizes and media on display.
Commercially, this year’s participation was certainly more successful for us as well, with a number of works sold during the four and a half-day event. Tired as the team was after, Artemis Art will most certainly be participating again next year, and we hope that you will be able to make it Art Expo Malaysia 2014 as well.