Friday, November 02, 2018

Superfine! DC Preview

Superfine! DC opened on Halloween night and will go through the weekend - I plan to visit tomorrow and (as I usually do to any art fair that I visit) I will give you my opinions and selection of the best works that I saw there. Here's a blurb from the fair itself:
On Halloween night, more than 600 DC art lovers braved the autumn chill and came out in full force to experience the opening night of the capital's foremost art fair. We're thrilled to be DC's art fair, and can't wait for what the weekend has in store. From a Young Collectors' Ice Cream Social with cookie sundaes (!!!) by Trickling Springs Creamery to our OUTshine Film Festival-curated series of LGBTQ+ art shorts, Superfine! DC has a lot to offer - not to mention hundreds of incredible works of art ready to discover their new homes
Check out an opening night photo recap here.

I've been visiting the fair's online presence regularly, and as the planet's greatest living art fair critic, here are the works which caught my eye (so far...):

Nate by Marin Swift
9 x 9 inches framed. Oil on Panel
Martin Swift oil portraits at Monochrome Collective are spectacular artistic muscle-flexing portraits that showcase this artist's command of the classical chiaroscuro technique while concurrently revitalizing it to a modern context! Each portrait is not only a likeness of some individual, but also a psychological narrative of that individual!

The DMV's longest running gallery, Zenith Gallery (disclaimer: I am represented by them at the fair) is full of DC area blue chip artists such as Anne Marchand, Elissa Farrow-Savos (who will probably sell out), Emily Piccirillo, Margery Goldberg, and many others, but it is Stephen Hansen who (as usual) steals the show with his humorous works, which are in reality superb works of art disguised as the rare "humor in art" genre.

Potomac's RoFa Projects, a key and hardworking DMV area art dealer who does art fairs all over the planet has elegant works by Fabian Ugalde, Jose Margulis and Raymond Romero which not only work wll together, but also should satisfy the appetite of collectors of minimalist art.

They’ll Work It Out by Gregory Ferrand
24 x 12 inches. Acrylic on Canvas, c.2017
Kensington's Adah Rose Gallery, another hardworking DMV area art dealer which travels to art fairs all over the country is also well-represented in the fair, with many DMV/Baltimore blue chip artists such as Gregory Ferrand, who just keeps on getting impossibly better and better as a painter and storyteller, Joan Belmar, Jessica Drank and others.

A Long Way to Go by Susan LaMont
18 x 40 inches. Oil on Canvas
The locals continue to be well-represented by the District's Susan Calloway Fine Arts, where one of my favorite DMV artists of all time, Susan LaMont displays her hyper-realistic paintings, which after all these years continue to amaze me as much as the first time that I saw them decades ago! Art fair pro and my good bud Matthew Langley also stands out with his elegant abstract works, as he always does...

I also liked the sexy and intelligent photographs by Lori Cuisinier, whose sensual wok stands out simply buy the sheer eroticism of the human figure when coupled with compositional elements and props that makes the viewer ask questions.

Superfine! is one of the few art fairs which allow individual artists' booths, and the DC online version is full of talent such as the interesting works by the District's Noel Kassewitz, which I suspect I'll have to examine in person to see get the full impact of their art, but which online look superb nonetheless.

Her Echo Her Shadow by Scott Hutchison
16 x 20 inches. Oil on Linen, c.2017
Another artist whose work I've known and admired for decades is Scott Hutchison. Like LaMont, Hutchison is a master of the realistic brush, but Sott has always veered towards works which stretch the visual senses and modernize some of the ideas of the surrealists of ages ago. Hutchison is one of those artists that in any other city, where local museum curators pay attention to their city artists (as they do not in the DMV), would have been, and should be in the radar of a Hirshhorn Museum curator for a ground-breaking solo.

Susan Jamison and Colleen Garibaldi also caught my eye and will be inspected in person tomorrow!

See ya there! Tickets and info here.

Through Friday till 7:00 PM and Sunday, Nov 4, 2018, to 8:00 PM EDT.

Union Market
1309 5th Street Northeast
Dock 5 Event Space
Washington, DC 20002

Our booth in SOFA

Our booth in SOFA Chicago, where we're showcasing the works of Lori Katz, Christine Kaiser and Laura Beth Konopinski! 

We're in Booth A39.

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Lou Stovall to speak at Sidwell Friends School

My good friend and legendary DMV artist Lou Stovall will speak at Sidwell Friends School next Wednesday Nov 7, 6-8:30pm, as part of the exhibition of his artwork which will be on display in the Daryl Reich Rubenstein Gallery ••• Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Click here to register for the lecture.
Lou Stovall was born in Athens, Georgia in 1937 and grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Howard University (B.F.A.). Since 1962, he has lived and worked in Washington, DC. His drawings and silkscreen prints have earned him grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Stern Family Fund.
Stovall's own prints and drawings are part of numerous public and private collections throughout the world. Though his craft is that of a printmaker, Stovall's passion for art extends beyond a single medium. He gives the same care and attention to his archival framing and furniture construction as he does to his intricate prints and drawings. Please visit his website for more information.