The Harlem community in New York City continues to inspire and provoke amid a seismic shift in its cultural landscape. This is a community in flux — demographically, economically and creatively – the last phenomenon being reflected in the diverse and dynamic array of artists that exhibited works in the Flux Art Fair, on May 14-17, 2015. With NewsOne as a proud partner, artists from all over presented their best work varying in the digital, contemporary, and modern realms.
Whether you made it to Harlem or not, take note of the 10 artists profiled in the above slide show, identified by their work. With a mix of new and established artists, you’re sure to find your next favorite artist here.
To learn more about the eclectic show, visit FluxFair.nyc.
1. WILLIE COLE ( Instagram: @williecoleart_williecole_)Source:WILLIE COLE
Willie Cole grew up in Newark, New Jersey. His awards include the 2006 David C. Driskell Prize, High Museum of Art; The Augustus Saint-Gauden Memorial Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award among others. His work has been the subject of several solo museum and gallery exhibitions including the Montclair Art Museum, University of Wyoming Art Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
2. MING SMITH ( Instagram: @mingsmithphoto)Source:Ming Smith
New York-based photographer Ming Smith is known for her informal, in-action portraits of black cultural figures. An early member of the Kamoinge Workshop, Ming’s career emerged formally with the publication of the Black Photographer’s Annual in 1973. She was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s groundbreaking exhibition “Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography” in 2010.
3. ANDRE WOOLERY ( Instagram: @andrewooleryart)Source:Andre Woolery
Andre Woolery grew up between Morristown, NJ and St. Ann, Jamaica; the stark contrast in racial demography between the two made him acutely sensitive to the role race plays in forming an individual’s sense of personal identity, history, and culture. His work has been exhibited in the “eMerge: Danny Simmons and Artists on the Cusp” and “Art in Flux” shows in Harlem. He also has had solo exhibitions at the FrontRunner.
4. CARLOS R. CARDENASSource:Flux Art Fair
Using maps and multi-national iconography, Carlos Cárdenas conveys the psychological state of the migrant following the Cuban diaspora. Born in central Cuba in 1962, he was selected to study at the National Art School of Havana and the Higher Institute of Art. In the late 1980s, Cárdenas began to incorporate text and nationalist imagery into his iconic “Revolution” works.
5. SOL’SAX (Twitter: @SolsWord)Source:Sol Sax
Sol’Sax is a multi-disciplinary artist whose performance work, sculptures, and videos layer complex connections between African-American and hip-hop culture with Yoruban traditions of West Africa. His works aim to engage the public in a discourse about race in America. Sol’Sax received his BFA from The Cooper Union and MFA from the Yale School of Art.
6. JOHN PINDERHUGHESSource:JOHN PINDERHUGHES
Award-winning Harlem-based photographer John Pinderhughes has enjoyed a successful career as both a commercial and fine art photographer for over 30 years. Born in Washington, DC and reared in Alabama and New Jersey, Pinderhughes studied at Howard University. His love of photography was ignited while working in Africa with Operation Crossroads Africa.
7. PAUL DEO ( Instagram: @pauldeo)Source:Paul DEO
Throughout his life, Paul Deo shuttled between New York City (The Big Apple) and New Orleans (The Big Easy)—a duality that contributed greatly to his unique art, style and imagination. His New York stints found him working on Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X,” among other cinematic offerings. Since then, he has received awards for mixing live action and animation.
8. MICHAEL ANDERSON (Twitter: @chamuconegro)Source:Michael Anderson
Bronx-born artist Michael Anderson creates intricate collages and digital prints using street posters and bills gathered in New York City and other major cities around the world. Working and living in Harlem, Anderson produces his international street poster collages at The Harlem Collage Shop, his storefront studio. His exhibitions include solo shows at Marlborough Gallery and Claire Oliver Gallery in New York.
9. NAJEE DORSEY (Instagram: @najeedorsey)Source:Najee Dorsey
Najee Dorsey was born and raised in Arkansas and now lives in the Columbus area of Georgia. The recipient of several awards, including the Patrons Purchase Award from the Polk Museum, Dorsey’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions. As well, his work can be found in the collections of Syracuse University’s Charles H. Wright Museum the African-American Museum in Dallas, among others.
10. LERONE WILSON (Instagram: @SculptWax)Source:LeRone Wilson
LeRone Wilson is a New York-based sculptor and painter. He creates sculptural paintings in encaustic, the oldest form of painting – a medium used by the ancient Egyptians to fuse hieroglyphics. He has shown in galleries and museums around the country including Rush Arts, Kim Foster, White Box and G.R. N’Namdi, Scope Art Fair (Miami), Cutlog, the Museum of Biblical Art (New York), and more.