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The Parallax Art Fair makes its New York debut this weekend, bringing a uniquely democratic buying experience to the city’s formidable art world. The fair prides itself on a direct art-to-consumer approach and an open admission policy, allowing both established and emerging artists to showcase their work equally to the public. The international fair—this weekend marks Parallax’s fifth appearance worldwide—will feature more than 180 artists from 30 countries presenting more than 2,000 pieces, all equally represented without commission charges in an exhibition format. “It may be said that the world meets at Parallax Art Fair,” says show creator and curator Dr. Chris Barlow. “The diversity of artistic genre and method, as well as cultural, national and political difference, is breathtaking and simply inspiring.”
In keeping with the exhibition’s unfettered philosophy is its location at 82 Mercer, an impossibly cool 50,000-square-foot industrial space in the heart of SoHo. The show kicks off with an invitation-only VIP viewing on Friday evening and is open to the public Saturday and Sunday. While entrance to Parallax is free, all donations will benefit the P(AF) Artists Benevolent Fund, which supports the children of artists. August 3–5; 82 Mercer St.; parallaxaf.com.