Art Basel Miami Beach is not fun, but sometimes, through the fluorescent lighting, puzzle-piece layout, and brazen privilege, you see some art you like. This is not a typical sentiment at an art fair, populated as they are with the type of work only a catnipped cat would love. However, this year we—and a few others—noticed something a little fishy: for an art fair, the work was in surprisingly good taste.
It was a quiet evening at the PULSE art fair on opening night, though dealers remained upbeat nonetheless. “The real opening happens Thursday morning,” Lisa Romero of Schroeder Romero quickly reminded us. That remark was followed up by PULSE Director Cornell DeWitt, who reiterated that “Thursday is always our door buster.” The proceeds from last night’s opening, including ticket sales and a silent auction, will be donated to Lotus House, a shelter for homeless women and infants just a few blocks away from PULSE.