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Seeking Highlights at Pulse

by Paddy Johnson on December 3, 2016
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What kind of dealer is the Pulse Art Fair trying to attract? It’s unclear, and that in combination with years of accepting whoever had the booth fee, has had an impact. Without a recognizable identity, the fair will continue to struggle to hold onto its stronger exhibitors and attract new ones.

That much is on view right now, as Pulse might be most notable for its regrettable art: greeting card-esque floral photographs, a cheeseball sculpture of motorcycles cuddling, and a red enamel figure sitting on top of shiny mountain of metal. Given this showing, it’s no surprise most dealers we spoke to seemed anxious. Even the spin seemed more transparent than usual “I think the fair’s even better than last year,” one dealer told me, but then failed to name a single booth I should visit.

On that front, I can do better. As with every fair, there are few highlights. Those after the jump.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: The Roving Eye

by Paddy Johnson and Rea McNamara on February 1, 2016
Yes, this is a Lorna Mills GIF.

Yes, this is a Lorna Mills GIF.

Legacies, transitions and milestones loom largely in this week’s slate of events. Black History Month kicks off in Harlem tonight at the Schomburg Center with a panel featuring Juliana Huxtable and Kimberly Drew among others dwelling on Basquiat’s life and legacy. Further on the BHM-related tip, decolonial knowledge is dropped by Tabita Rezaire at MoCADA’s Window Gallery, and the representation of black and queer personhood is re-assessed in Sondra Perry’s selection of video works for MoMA PS1’s Sunday Session.

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Great Strides Made Yet Still Needed at Pulse

by Paddy Johnson on December 5, 2015
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How do you infuse life into a zombie art fair? Ask Pulse Director Helen Toomer. She’s been in the unenviable position of having to clean up years of poor leadership at Pulse, and has miraculously achieved some success during her two-year tenure. The fair’s put together PERSPECTIVES, an impressive discussion series put together in partnership with Hyperallergic and has slowly but slowly pushing some of the long time, weaker exhibitors out of the fair. Meanwhile, Pulse has succeeded in bringing strong exhibitors into the fold like Monya Rowe, Yancey Richardson and Transfer. Great strides have been made.

But let’s be clear: the fair still has a lot of work to do.

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The Art F City Miami Fair Guide: You Can’t Do It All

by Rea McNamara on December 1, 2015
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It’s raining plastic raindrops. Yes, Miami Art Week is upon us, and you’ve already gotten our take on what’s worth checking out outside the satellites. Traffic is promising to be a real shit show with the Venetian Causeway being closed, a favoured route to the Beach. Even though the city has a free, Basel express bus, getting around will be even more of a hassle. So more than ever, plan ahead, and rely on our curated fair guide. We’re doubtful you’ll be able to do it all, but that’s always the case anyways with Miami—at least you try to do it all. Gold star for effort.

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Pulse Continues to Make Strides

by Paddy Johnson on December 6, 2014
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Possibly the best thing Pulse has going for it is their VIP lounge. Set at the back of their tent on the beach, this balcony gives collectors an incredible view of the ocean. When I visited met two friends who had been there for most of the day and were deliriously happy. That’s what you want.

The new tent is a much-needed departure from the Ice Palace, which thanks to a few rocky years of leadership, many now associate with leaks, poor exhibitors and poor sales.

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Miami Project is Good and Here to Stay

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on December 8, 2012
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Art Basel Miami has a new fair in town, and if Miami Project’s first run is any indication, it will be a player for years to come. That has a lot to do with the fair’s organizers, artMRKT Productions, a company operated by Max Fishko and Jeffrey Wainhause that is known for its fairs in Houston, San Francisco, and the Hamptons. This experience has clearly paid off, as they were able to draw 33 solid exhibitors, and produce a beautiful fair.

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A Quiet Opening Night at the PULSE Art Fair

by Paddy Johnson Corinna Kirsch and Will Brand on December 5, 2012
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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.

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Thank You to This Month’s Sponsors

by Sponsors on March 30, 2012

We would like to take a brief moment to thank this month’s sponsors. These are the organizations and companies that keep us publishing, so be sure to check them out!

  • 20×200, a great place to browse and buy contemporary art prints at reasonable prices.
  • Artspace. Collect art from the world's best contemporary artists at accessible prices.
  • Pulse Art Fair. New dates Pulse NY, MAY 3-6, 2012 at The Metropolitan Pavilion 125 West 18th Street, New York.
  • Tyler School of Art. 2012 MFA Thesis exhibitions on view through May 12.
  • Pernod Art & Absinthe Guide. A handy mobile App that lists Galleries, Events and Bars in BK.
  • StoreFront Bushwick. Bushwick Gallery currently featuring artist Kirk Stoller.
  • Artspan. A contemporary art destination and service providing totally customizable artist websites.
  • Norte Maar. Community building non-profit organization with an emphasis on collaborative projects.
  • Art Systems. Professional art gallery, antiques and collections management software.
  • Tyler Summer Painting & Sculpture Intensive. 7-week immersion program for artists interested in developing their work in a challenging and supportive environment.
  • SVA MPS Graduate Fashion Photography Program. An intensive one-year degree program offering practicing photographers the opportunity to advance their bodies of work.
  • Art New England Summer Workshops. Immerse yourself in your art without the interruptions and responsibilities of daily life.
  • Bernard Klevickas. New York-based sculptor.
  • Adam Lindeman. Follow what the NY Observer columnist is seeing and reading at his site.
  • Avant/Garde Diaries. A digital interview magazine that documents personal views on the avant-garde.
  • Artists Wanted. Connecting creative talent with an international audience of collectors and art enthusiasts.

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