Celebrating The Best of Harlem's Art and Culture

Harlem EatUp invites the world to taste, see and hear a sampling of what the vibrant New York neighborhood has to offer, per the innovation of its famously food-savvy co-creator, Marcus Samuelsson. Ethiopian-born, Swedish raised and Harlem based, Marcus is an award-winning chef, international restaurateur, and cookbook author. It’s his passion for outstanding culinary experiences from street cafes to fine dining that has made this four-day festival a cultural mainstay. Each year, Marcus and his team present artists of the kitchen, stage, streets, and now canvas.

Absolut Art was proud to join forces with Harlem EatUp to bring some of the neighborhood’s most pioneering artists to the fore. Together, Marcus and Absolut Art co-curated a collection of artworks that highlighted Harlem’s dynamic culture and ever-evolving scene. Exclusively commissioned pieces from these amazing artists were displayed as part of the festival, and available for sale at absolutart.com.

We were excited to discover and experience for the first time Harlem-based artist Makeba “KEEBS” Rainey. Her bright and inspired work explores social justice elements of Black Liberation movements, merging the old with the new by re-envisioning ancestors through new media. In a unique process of cutting, layering and building new forms from original photographs, Makeba asks us to look at contemporary and historical icons from a different angle; to recognize their inherent potential and contribution to Black culture.