PULSE NEW YORK ART FAIR 2015
Contemporary art fair PULSE closed its 10th anniversary edition, which took place from March 5 to 8 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, New York, with great enthusiasm from both galleries and collectors. This year PULSE changed its New York dates from May’s Frieze week to March in order to coincide with The Armory Arts Week, a challenging move that was met with great success. The fair presented a carefully curated selection of 50 exhibitors from all around the world, showcasing works by more than 100 artists. With more than 80% of the galleries presenting three artists or less, and a third showcasing two artists in conversation, PULSE offered a museum-like, intimate experience to all art enthusiasts that attended the can’t miss event, among them, as the organizers state, curators from major corporate collections and museums, private collectors and a lively group of 1,500 young professionals that showed up at the Young Collectors Cocktails party.
“PULSE is an environment that encourages interaction and we take pride in showcasing a microcosm of the contemporary art market in which artists can be discovered, acquired and supported,” said Director Helen Toomer, who took the fair’s reins last year. Among PULSE’s highlights were PLAY, a section dedicated to video and new media that this year was supervised by Marina Ambramovic Institute curator Billy Zhao, and PERSPECTIVES, the fair’s series of in-depth discussions with leading art-world insiders that this year hosted 10 x 10, a special curator-focused roundtable featuring curators that each had ten minutes to answer questions related to “The Future”, the overarching theme of this New York edition.
PROJECTS, a section that includes site-responsive installations and performances, this year featured a large site-specific entryway installation by Rachel Mica Weiss, monumental sculptures by Aaron Stephans and Lauren Fensterstock, paintings by emerging London-based artist Danny Rolph, a large-scale digital print by artist Carla Gannis, and a video sculpture by Jonathan Calm. Last, but not least, the PULSE Prize, a jury awarded $2,500 cash grant given to an artist of distinction with a solo exhibition in a booth at the fair, put the final touch to the event. This year it was given to Brooklyn-based artist Elizabeth Condon, who created a big buzz with her large-scale, mixed-media paintings, ink on vellum drawings and red toile wallpaper designs that were inspired by Chinese ink wash painting and American modernism.