Superfine! DC’s Inaugural Edition

By Editorial Team on August 6, 2018
Photo courtesy of the organizer of Superfine! Art Fair.
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Event Save the Date: Wednesday, October 31
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On October 31st, Washington DC will get the art fair it deserves as ​Superfine! DC​’s inaugural edition lands at Dock 5 in the Union Market neighborhood. The four-and-a-half-day fair will bring with it countless ways to experience, discover, and collect emerging contemporary art at all price points and levels of experience.

70 unique exhibitions from more than 300 artists, with more than ​50% of them being DMV area artists and galleries​, make up the inaugural edition of Superfine! DC. What sets Superfine! apart from other art fairs is its commitment to making art ​accessible by creating an environment that is welcoming to both experienced collectors as well as people who are interested in art, but haven’t yet purchased a work.

This commitment to making art collecting an approachable experience for all doesn’t end there. The fair will host fun and educational programs for new collectors including a Young Collectors’ Ice Cream social with Union Market’s own ​Trickling Springs Creamery ​on scoop duty, along with panels and talks geared towards helping young professionals navigate the art market.

While the fair has a definite focus on building new collectors, even the most dyed-in-the-wool collector is bound to discover something new among the walls and booths of Superfine! DC. Established DC galleries including Washington Post + Washington City Paper top-ranked ​Touchstone Gallery​, and Kensington’s ​Adah Rose Gallery will bring forth the top faces in DC and global contemporary art alongside nationwide programs including Memphis’ ​Art Village Gallery​, focused solely on contemporary African American artists, and Richmond’s ​Glave Kocen Gallery which will exhibit a survey of notable street artists including Mickael Broth.

Other highlights of the fair’s art program include the ​Heartlandia exhibition, curated by Pittsburgh’s ​Box Heart Gallery ​to ​showcase new contemporary art themes from across North America’s heartland. The fair will also debut its first dedicated photo platform, in advance of ​FotoDC​, called ​Foto Kaip-Sool​, a time capsule of identity politics through the lenses of a diverse body of photographic artists.

A unique quality of Superfine! is the ability for prospective collectors to meet artists one-on-one. The fair’s artist-friendly exhibition platforms will also highlight the work of Washington City Paper’s 2018 top visual artist ​Sarah Jane Jamison​, as well as Superfine! first-time emerging artists like ​Scott Hutchinson and ​Dennis Crayon​, all of whom hail from the region.

“Debuting at Union Market’s Dock 5 venue was not mere chance​,” says Alex Mitow, founder of ​Superfine! – The Fair. “We wanted to create an atmosphere that welcomed all strata of DC society; everyone from a lifelong local who just really loves art to a big-time art collector to politicians and their families should find something they love at our fair. I believe the two things that really tie a city together are food and art, and Union Market has both in spades. Any venue that has a Yoko Ono mural on the side, and dozens of incredible food vendors, is okay by me.”

That warm welcome doesn’t extend to everyone however, Mitow laughs. ​“The Obamas will get an invite, and we’d probably let Melania visit, but The Donald is persona non grata.”

Superfine! DC opens on October 31st with a Masquerade Vernissage at Union Market’s Dock 5 event space. Early-access tickets are available ​here​ ​at a reduced rate through September 1st.

Union MarketDock 5 Event Space is located at 1309 5th Street NE.