Will Harlem’s First Contemporary Art Gallery Spark a Trend?

Tatiana Pagés at her gallery.

Tatiana Pagés at her gallery.

Harlem’s art scene continues its summer growth with the opening of Tatiana Pagés Gallery on Frederick Douglass Boulevard at West 139th St. This evening, the fledgling art and design gallery opens its doors for the first time with a group exhibition of drawing, painting, and sculpture.

The eponymous gallery is the brainchild of Tatiana Pagés , a 53-year-old collector and jewelry designer who also runs a branding and marketing company. For the past six years, Pagés had her eye on the empty storefront next door to her first floor/basement duplex, and she’s now transformed the space into a contemporary art gallery. Born in Chile but raised in the Dominican Republic, Pagés first moved to New York 10 years ago, slowly migrating north from Midtown to East Harlem before making her home near historic Striver’s Row.

Although Harlem has seen some interesting art projects pop up this month, and typically has no shortage of open artists’ studios during the annual Harlem Art Walking Tour, the gallery scene has been slow to trickle north. “There is nothing else like this here,” Pagés  told artnet News, and as far as we can tell, she’s right.

By: Sarah Cascone


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