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On the Up and Uptown: Flux Art Fair to Launch May 14 in Harlem

Call it what you want, but don’t call it a moment: Harlem has an entrenched culture of incredible arts, music, literature, comedy, food–the list continues. Now there is yet another jewel on the crown of Harlem’s cultural ascendancy: Flux Art Fair, launching its first iteration in Harlem’s newly renovated Corn Exchange Building from May 14-17, 2015 with a preview night on May 13. Showcasing 59 artists from as close as 116th street and as far as Iran (and everywhere in-between), Flux’s curatorial heavyweight team in tandem with fair director Leanne Stella has carefully selected fair participants to participate in this contemporary art fair-cum-dialogue, rooted in terra Harlem, centered around the theme of what it means to be a global nomad.

Artwork by Tomo Mori, Rain, as part of Flux Art Fair

Artwork by Tomo Mori, Rain, part of Flux Art Fair

Why an art fair in Harlem? The better question may be: why hasn’t there been an art fair in Harlem yet? International visitors frequently take time to experience Harlem’s artistic vibrancy in droves, yet unlike its downtown neighbors, Harlem’s art scene is frequently brushed aside. Flux Art Fair intends to build on the existing sense of Harlem’s cultural relevancy by divulging its recalcitrant status as hub of international contemporary art activity. Harlem’s style is difficult to categorize or encapsulate, and yet the art community extant in Harlem is both relevant and trend-setting. Fair director Leanne Stella brings her years of sharing this vibrant scene at the helm of Art in Flux, a series of curatorial pop-up exhibits, to Flux Art Fair. She stressed the importance of her work artists in Harlem making a living and exhibiting their work within the same environment that inspires them with Art in Flux: this ethos is extended to Flux Art Fair as it frames compelling international contemporary art against the backdrop of Harlem’s cultural diversity.

Capucine Bourcart Rosace's a fond Bleu, part of Flux Art Fair

Capucine Bourcart Rosace’s a fond Bleu, part of Flux Art Fair

Easily accessible from Frieze Art Fair, via public transit or Uber, Flux Art Fair takes a fresh, alternative approach to relevant contemporary art exhibited in a community-driven fashion. Unlike a franchise art fair, Flux is created specifically with the goal of showcasing ground-breaking art on the historic and vibrant streets of Harlem. Until 2015, this hasn’t happened in Harlem yet: don’t miss it this year as it takes off! Tickets and further information for Flux Art Fair can be found on the fair’s official website: See you there!

Shahram Entekhabi's Golden Edition 2010, on view at Flux Art Fair

Shahram Entekhabi’s Golden Edition 2010, on view at Flux Art Fair

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