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Superfine Is a Welcoming Place for LGBTQ+ Artists
Founders Alex Mitow and James Miille set out to change people's perception of the art world.
Superfine, the contemporary art fair that prides itself on its outsized representation of LGBTQ+ artists, artists of color, and other traditionally underrepresented groups, will bring its totally different model to New York September 30 - October 3 for its biggest show yet.
Featuring 180 artists, a full city block worth of art, and N.Y.'s first 'triple art fair' under one roof, SUPERFINE NYCx3 includes a show dedicated exclusively to LGBTQ+ artists.
Founders Alex Mitow and James Miille (pictured) set out to change people's perception of the art world, an industry that's historically tried to keep certain customers out. "When we looked at the art world as gay men in our 20s and 30s, we were excluded. We built Superfine to be a welcoming space where people who loved art as much as we did could collect it without barriers," says Mitow. Forgoing the standard stuffiness found at typical fairs, "we're bringing what we do best to the middle of Midtown for the first ever triple feature art fair," adds Mitow. The 'woke' exhibition has generated over $9 million in sales at annual fairs from N.Y. to L.A., D.C., and San Francisco since launching at Art Basel in 2015.
For more information: www.superfine.world
Mati Gelman: Children of Light, 2019
Biography: Mati Gelman is a self-taught commercial and fine art photographer. Born in Hungary, he grew up in Israel, where he earned a Bachelors in Biochemistry and a Masters in Chemistry, before moving to New York City, where he discovered photography. Mati's images explore sexuality, queerness, and human integration with nature, sparking a sense of unease. Originally a chemist manipulating matter and molecules, Mati now manipulates pictures and pixels in exploration of context and meaning.
Molly Goldfarb: Jay Street Valley
Molly Goldfarb (b. 1992) is an independent artist based in lower Manhattan, known primarily for her vibrant acrylic and digital paintings as well as her early abstract marker portraits. Her playful, pop-meets-punk aesthetic takes shape in a wide range of subject matter inspired by her life in the city, her travels to warm weather climates, plants, plays on words and, most recently, by her nature walks and surroundings at home.
Molly's work has been exhibited in a variety of fairs and exhibitions including Art on Paper, the LA Art Show, Aqua Art Miami, London Art Fair, Market Art + Design Hamptons, CONTEXT NY and more.
In January 2020, she founded her curatorial project called Molly+Friends, through which she hosts group exhibitions in her studio-turned-gallery space and beyond. Molly+Friends recently had its in-person fair debut at this year's edition of Art on Paper.
Albert Leon Sultan: Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
Albert Leon Sultan is as a multidisciplinary artist and designer living and working in NYC. He is a graduate from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania and further studied drawing and painting at the Jerusalem Studio School. Albert embodies the phrase "Live Life Artfully". Since graduating he has distinguished himself in NYC's competitive design community. His list of creative collaborations crosses over into the art, fashion, interior design and Broadway worlds. In 2015 Albert's painting "The March of Time" was featured as one of the year's top ten pieces in The Huffington Post. His painting "Celestial Rhythm" was a finalist in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series/SCOPE national competition in 2018. Albert's paintings exhibit the same bold color and design sensibility that has made his one of a kind furniture pieces a national sensation. His consistently unusual sense of style makes him an emerging artist to watch.
Bryant Small: Reasons to Smile Today
Bryant Small is an Award-Winning artist and independent curator who lives in Jersey City, NJ and balances a social marketing and media career in New York City. Bryant has a love of culture, color, and all things sparkling. In his art, he loves to toe the line of free abstraction with vibrant color blending and pushing beyond pretty. His Alcohol Ink pieces are free flowing, unpredictable and levitate from the page. Recognized as a Conception Arts, Global Art Collective 2020 and 2017 Award of Excellence Winner and selected as one of International Art Market Magazine's Gold List of Top Emerging Contemporary Artists, Bryant has shown his work in several collective and individual shows throughout the United States and has pieces that are part of Private Collections around the Globe. He lives by the words: "Broken Crayons Still Color... and a little glitter and sparkle NEVER hurt anybody!" Bryant is constantly creating and being inspired and sharing his work daily on Instagram- @BFLY777.
I've loved taking pictures since I took my first photography class in high school, and I'm inspired by the love I have for my home city. I have photographed many different subjects, scenes, and moments. There's a picture around every corner.
Photography as Communication
I am surrounded both by natural beauty and interesting people. I use my camera to document the world and then print that magic for others to share with me. My focus is in male photography art, specifically ridding of shame and welcoming acceptance. My photos tell my story.
Through my prints and photo books, I invite you to bring bits of my stories into your life and home.
"and your art captures something that seems to have disappeared from gay life with mainstreaming. There is a freedom and fun frolic nature"
I believe my work is a mirror verse a window, none of my images photo shop out anything.
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Lou Eberhard: Spines and Figures
Lou Eberhard is a transgender artist whose work focuses on the norms and ideologies of presentation as performance. His drawings, created on a clear, man-made surface, reflect on the impermanence and illusion created when adopting avatars and donning costume in order to experience and play with gender and gender presentation. He currently lives with his partner in Princeton, NJ.
Chris Minard: West-Coast-Bender, or the Debate to Wake Him (Somebody-call-Yolanda)
Originally from Sedona, Arizona, Chris Minard (b. 1985) now lives in New York City.
Typically working in series by developing on a theme or title, his paintings, drawings, and prints focus on quiet moments or pauses between actions; realization, reflection, cautious voyeurism, allusive intimacy. Inspired by music, literature, queer histories and culture, along with his background in design for theater and film, the young men who populate his work are found amid vivid natural environments and architecture, framing and sometimes countering enigmatic narratives through which he can celebrate and relate to their moments of vulnerable softness.
Clecio Lira: War
Clecio Lira is a Brazilian born artist who lives in New York City as a free lance photographer. Lira recently has been working on his art project called "Pieta". That project has been awarded one of the 200 Best digital artist 2015/2016 worldwide from the prestigious book Archive Luizer. Lira's work was selected to be displayed in the windows of Ralph Lauren during Art Basel Miami.
Clecio has exhibited his work in numerous galleries and Museums and his work is part of the permanent collection of Leslie Lohmam museum in New York City.
Clecio attended the Universide de Santa Ursula (rio de Janeiro), and ICP received a Bachelor's degree in Art with a specialization in Photography. Clecio's work has been featured in international publications and media.
For more information on Clecio's work:
The company started by accident when Anthony DiVastanzo brought a group of friends together to produce a photoshoot. Through a twist of fate, that shoot ended up on the cover of a magazine.
Since then, the company's work has been featured in major publications throughout New England--affording Anthony the opportunity to be featured as an artist, panelist, and personality.
Through time, the focus shifted from editorial production to producing photography coffee table books (such as The Gender Manifesto, and Sugar).
With a third book, multiple gallery shows, and an arsenal of film projects on the horizon; be sure to follow @divastanzo on all social media platforms to be the first to know what's going on in this alternate universe.
AWARDS: Los Angeles Film Awards: Best Drama Screenplay, Best First Time Screenwriter; New York Film Awards: Best Screenplay Feature, Best First Time Screenwriter; Lonely Wolf London International Film Festival: Best Drama Screenplay; Festigious International Film Festival: Best Horror Screenplay, Honorable Mention for Best Drama Screenplay; Official Selection of the New York Independent Cinema Awards; Official Selection of the New York Movie Awards.
Michael Zolnowski-Zolo: Subway Rush Hour
Concepts of beauty are constantly in flux. With distortion and whimsy, I cast doubt on preconceived notions of what is aesthetically pleasing. I aim to push this uncertainty off the canvas and challenge viewers to review their ties to concepts seen as absolute.
Mikey Rioux: Fashion Comic
I wear many hats (or wigs), so the best way to describe myself is as a Freelance Creative. I work in and across the boundaries of the graphic, plastic, and performing arts. Over the last three decades I have worked as a Graphic Designer, Visual Artist, Photographer, Filmmaker, Actor, Dancer, and Choreographer. My creative process is intuitive and I often don't fully know what I am making or what I am looking for until I find it. The work is playful, beauty oriented, and crosses boundaries between mediums, methods, content, context, and ways of being. My concern is to be full of joy, and to subvert expectations... yours and my own.
Dolly Faibydhev, Molly Friends, We Belong Together
Dolly Faibyshev is an American artist with a love for color, composition, and the human condition. She has photographed a wide range of subjects, from the primped and prodded models of New York Fashion Week to the overly groomed animals at the Dog Show, from Dolly Parton impersonators to the the muscle-bound performers of Wrestlemania, from the 1950s time capsule of Palm Springs to the faux iconic people and structures of Las Vegas. Born to Russian immigrants, the vicarious fantasy of America became ingrained in her from an early age until she learned to define those experiences in pictures. She is a New York City based self-taught photographer exploring the meaning of the American Dream in all of its forms.
Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Le Monde, TIME, The New York Times, Businessweek, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, W Magazine, The Village Voice, and other publications.
Mike Habs: City of Angels
Mike Habs (b.1987) is a contemporary visual artist originally from Chicago's south side. Currently based in Los Angeles, CA, his work leverages color and contrast to interpret the angst of punk rock music with vibrant abstraction. Each series of Mike's explores how various techniques and approaches can transcribe the lyrical and conceptual aspects of the music which the pieces are named after. Mike's work is centered on conveying "the intrinsic value of punk rock." His use of chaotic and expansive urban aesthetics juxtaposed against the minimalist 'finish fetish' techniques of the finer Los Angeles art world aims to communicate 'the chaos within' an individual, and the inner conflict of human growth.