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A boutique alternative to big box art fairs like Frieze, Superfine! touches down in SoHo from May 1st-5th for its third New York edition.
Equal parts punk rock spirit and accessible art market innovation, Superfine! brings a new look and location to its 2019 New York fair. A transparent, approachable player in an often stuffy and opaque art market, Superfine! believes that buying art should be a simple process and that an art fair should be an enjoyable atmosphere where anyone who wants to collect art can do so.
Expect hand-curated, accessibly-priced works by top new contemporary artists in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, along with thousands of New York’s art aficionados eager to snatch up a new piece (the work ranges from $100 to $5,000 so there’s something for everyone). Don’t miss the Call Me By Your Preferred Pronoun installation of Call Me By Your Name-themed micro-paintings by LGBTQ+ artist Adam Chuck, or the spirited panels tackling art censorship and other art-relevant social topics. A champagne-washed inaugural event, performance art, and regular artist talks round out the calendar at New York’s most welcoming art fair.
10 galleries and non-profit spaces representing the pinnacle of emerging new contemporary make up the tightly curated Superfine! NYC gallery pavilion. Greeting visitors and collectors at the entrance of the fair, Superfine! galleries represent the cutting edge not only in emerging art talent, but in their own passion, professionalism, transparency, and attention to detail. Expect unique curatorial projects that guide you on a visual journey, offering works in varying media at a broad spread of price points for novice and experienced collectors alike.
Our Superfine! artists are the cream of the crop: as professional as they are talented and innovative. Collectors interface directly with artists in our artist pavilion, where top emerging artists curate flowing presentations of their own work and are there to speak to it. You can discover a piece that speaks to you and then learn its back story. Artists benefit from the ability to meet collectors face-to-face and build mutually beneficial long term relationships.
PROJECTS + INTERVENTIONS
Call Me By Your Preferred Pronoun
An accessible art intervention of paintings by Brooklyn artist Adam Chuck, reimagining and comtemporarizing the narrative of LGBTQ bildungsroman and Oscar-winning film Call Me By Your Name. Expect intimate paintings on mylar in Chuck’s signature “Polaroid” style that project Elio and Oliver’s post-final-page timeline and as couples reflecting a more diverse spectrum including queer and lesbian identities.
PANEL | “Why the F*^& Not: How Censorship is Hurting Art”
From controversies like Dana Schutz’s Emmett Till painting in the Whitney Bienniale to the removal of John William Waterhouse’s “Hylas and the Nymphs” from the Manchester Art Gallery, we’ll talk about why and how art censorship harms artists’ ability to express themselves, and how art establishments can solve this problem while keeping sensitive issues in mind.
PANEL | “Who’s Footing the Bill? Moral Accountability in the Art Market
(and how a more accessible, transparent system solves the problem)”
From the assassination of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi organized by a Saudi Royal who’s also (likely) the mystery buyer behind the $450 million Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi to contemporary art-cum-money laundering operations, the art world is ripe with moral scandal. How can we find accountability in a world shrouded in secrecy, and how can a more transparent art market solve this moral dilemma?
OPEN ADMISSION $12-$17
THU 5.2 | 2 – 6PM
FRI 5.3 | 2 – 10PM
SAT 5.4 | 12 – 10PM
SUN 5.5 | 12 – 8PM
Includes a complimentary craft beer or glass of wine (21+)
SUPERFINE! X MONIKER DUAL DAY PASS $25
Visit Superfine! and Moniker Art Fairs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a double dose of top new contemporary art.
TOTAL FREEDOM PASS $65
Full access to the Champagne Inaugural, New Collector Appreciation Party and all Open Admission Hours of the fair (with complimentary drink each day)
WED 5.1 | Champagne Inaugural | 7 – 11PM (limited to 400 guests) $50
Complimentary bubbly cocktails, performance art, and a coveted first look at the fair
THU 5.2 | New Collector Appreciation Party | 7 – 10PM (limited to 400 guests) $35
Musical guests, bespoke drinks, and camaraderie
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Sign up for our ‘IT LIST’ here for a chance to win complimentary ‘Total Freedom Pass’! We are giving away a select quantity!
You must sign up by Thursday April 25th. You will receive an email on the Friday April 26th, if you were randomly selected!