New York’s Untitled Space, fresh from their much-lauded “Eden” presentation at curatorial darling SPRING/BREAK will show fiercely feminist and political works by artists from NYC and abroad. New Orleans and Santa Fe’s Antieau Gallery will present self-taught artist Chris Roberts-Antieau’s work in their second Superfine! Booth, DC being the first. Chris’ signature tapestry-based mixed media paintings pull from a variety of source material ranging from pop culture absurdism to traditional NoLA occult imagery.
“It’s great to be back in New York after touring the country for our past three fairs - DC, Miami, LA. This is our home town and we can really test the boundaries between accessible and challenging art here - and of course the hometown base of artists and galleries in New York and within a five hour radius of the city is second to none. We’re especially thrilled to bring our diverse, accessible approach to Soho, in many ways the origin point of contemporary art in New York” says fair director Alex Mitow.
The fair’s panel program trains a keen eye on art world politics and current topics that spur spirited dialogue, namely censorship and accountability:
"Why the F*^& Not: How Censorship is Hurting the Art World" will discuss 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, and facilitate a conversation around why censorship of both past and contemporary work harms artists' ability to express themselves, and how art establishments can solve this problem while keeping sensitive issues in mind.
And: "Who's Footing the Bill? Moral Accountability in the Art Market (and how a more accessible, transparent system solves the problem)”. This panel will focus, among other topics, on the assassination of Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, by a Saudi Royal who's also (likely) the mystery buyer behind the $450 million Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi, along with hundreds of other master, modern, and contemporary works. This begs the important question "How can we find accountability in a world shrouded in secrecy, and how can a more transparent art market solve this moral dilemma?"
Superfine! NYC will take place from May 1-5 at 107 Grand Street in Soho, Manhattan. Tickets are available at superfinenyc.eventbrite.com and include complimentary beer or wine for fairgoers.