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Harlem art fair launches the same week as Frieze New York

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Howard Halle

Sure as night follows day, satellite art fairs inevitably spring up around major events like the Armory Show, which was accompanied this year by eight other fairs. So too Frieze New York, which is hosting its third edition under the big tent on Randalls Island May 14–17. It's being joined this year by Art Miami New York, which is migrating up North from the Magic City, and setting up shop on Pier 94 on the West Side the same week as Frieze.

More recently, though, another event, FLUX Art Fair announced its launch during what's sure to become Frieze Art week. Also running May 14–17, FLUX takes place in East Harlem's newly renovated Corn Exchange Building, on Park Avenue and 125th Street (not all that far from Randall's Island). In terms of organization, it resembles the annual Independent Show in Chelsea more than an international emporium like Frieze. In fact its emphasis is local, a showcase mainly for community artists selected by a curatorial team that includes long-time Harlem art booster, Danny Simmons (brother of music mogul, Russell Simmons).

Of course, attendees to such shows tend to get hungry looking at all the art, which explains how food has entered the art fair equation. FLUX will be no exception, as it's partnering with the launch of The Harlem EatUp! Festival spearhead by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. All in all, a visit to FLUX promises to satisfy both your aesthetic and alimentary appetites.

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