Nov 15, 2017
Superfine! Ranked Miami’s Top Fair Brings Accessible Art and Pointed Programming to Midtown Miami
Superfine! returns to Midtown Miami from December 6-10, bringing its friendly, accessible, and transparent art fair model to the forefront of Miami Art Week for the third year in a row. A favorite among local art cognoscenti and young professionals alike, Superfine! was ranked “Best Art Festival” by the Miami New Times in 2017.
The fair will showcase a hyper-curated array of artist and gallery-presented works, with more than 70% priced under $5,000 and a price cap of $10,000 per work. This accessibly-minded approach is geared towards entry level collectors and seasoned aficionados alike, with a primary goal of providing a bridge between art appreciation and art collecting for newer collectors.
Taking place at 56 NE 29th Street for the second year in a row, Superfine! Miami will encompass over 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space anchored by a main exhibition hall featuring 46 international exhibitors.
A rear garden will play host to installation art, nightly music performances, and a short film series curated by OUTshine, a South Florida-based LGBTQ film festival. A pop-up bar featuring craft cocktails from the pool bar at retro Miami Modern gem The Vagabond Hotel will provide refreshments, with food by Kreyol mainstay Naomi’s Garden Restaurant & Lounge.
The fair will kick off with Miami Art Week’s first Midnight Vernissage starting at 11:30PM on Wednesday 12/6, where media and invited guests along with the fair’s in-house Collectors’ Society will join fair organizers Alex Mitow and James Miille for a private first look at Superfine! complete with whimsical champagne cocktails and an air of surprise. A performance by local favorite Afrobeta will headline the following evening’s Miami Love locals’ reception, followed by a Young Collectors’ Ice Cream Social on Friday 12/8.
Superfine! also provides a spotlight for LGBTQ artists and programming throughout the week. Miami’s OUTshine film festival will curate a series of shorts set to precede the second annual arTEA @ Superfine! evening reception on Saturday 12/9, with a portion of ticket sales benefiting the Pridelines organization which provides assistance to LGBTQ youth. Noted LGBTQ artists featured in December’s fair include Sean O’Connor and Toronto-based Pansy Ass Ceramics, whose one-of-a-kind ceramics are both accessible and provocative.
In keeping with its focus on local conservation, Superfine! will also be partnering with Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Rescue, a Keys-based not-for-profit agency that raises awareness for dolphins and whales, to co-present a series of abstract paintings created by the institution’s charismatic dolphins. All sales from these works, and a portion of the fair’s opening night ticket sales, will go to funding research and dolphin stranding rescue efforts.
A complete exhibitor list will be made available on October 31st, 2017. Highlights from the fair’s gallery program include a presentation by roving curatorial collective ArtShape Mammoth, a repeat exhibitor who also showed in the fair’s New York edition this past May, New Orleans-based Hall-Barnett Gallery, and NYC’s own street-art-centric WALLWORKS.
Always an artist-forward oasis, Superfine!’s curation focuses on cutting edge independent artists, artist-run spaces, curatorial collectives, as well as traditional galleries with artist-centric programs. Returning exhibitors for 2017 include South Florida painter ALIGUORI—an alum of both Miami 2016 and New York City—and New York based artist Katie Levinson.
The fair’s international focus rings true, with artists hailing from as far afield as Japan (Yasushi Yamauchi-Kun, TOMOYAARTS, and Naoaki Funayama) and as locally rooted as Miamibased artists Capucine Safir and Gianna D, both repeat exhibitors from the December 2016 fair.