PULSE to Bring 74 Galleries to Miami Beach in December

PULSE gets ready for another edition.

Anne Spalter, Miami Marbles rendering for PULSE Miami Beach. Courtesy of Anne Spalter.

The summer heat may be lingering in New York, but that doesn’t mean it’s not time to start thinking of Miami Art Week and its myriad fairs. PULSE Miami Beach, one of the week’s stalwarts at a now-venerable 12 years old, has announced a list of 74 exhibitors on tap for December.

For the third straight year, the fair will be in a two-pavilion tent at Indian Beach Park. The entrance will be marked with work created by digital artist Anne Spalter, who has been tapped for the fair’s first PROJECTS Special Commission. The piece, titled Miami Marbles, seems at first glance to consist of two large spheres, featuring a vibrant print made from digitally-altered and abstracted images of the city Spalter captured during last year’s Miami Art Week.

Download the custom Marbles app, however, and those images magically become animated. Through the augmented reality app, viewers can spot additional orbs, each featuring pulsating, kaleidoscopic imagery, scattered across the fair.

PULSE Miami Beach 2014. Photo: PULSE Miami Beach.

PULSE Miami Beach 2014. Courtesy of PULSE Miami Beach.

“It’s wicked!” PULSE director Helen Toomer told artnet News in a phone conversation. “I’ve known Anne’s work for awhile, she’s really a digital pioneer.”

PROJECTS Special Commission isn’t the only thing that’s new for the fair this year. For the first time, PULSE is employing an open call to find artists for its PLAY sector, curated by Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol, the co-founders and directors of Newark’s Gateway Project Spaces. “We love working with and supporting the ladies,” Toomer exclaimed.

As for the main event, over a quarter of the fair’s participants will be new from the 2015 edition, including Los Angeles’s Samuel Freeman gallery, which hasn’t shown with PULSE in several years. “Listening to our artists, PULSE comes out on top as a good mix of energy and quality,” the gallery told artnet News in an email of its decision to sign on for 2016.

Among those not taking part this go-around is Miami’s Emerson Dorsch, which has closed its Wynwood location and is taking a break from the art fair circuit until its new space in Little Haiti, currently under construction, is open—hopefully in time for Miami Art Week. “We’re concentrating on getting our doors open,” gallery co-owner Tyler Emerson-Dorsch told artnet News in a phone conversation.

Rashaad Newsom, <em>Bedroom Eyes</em> (2015). Newsome is one of the nominees for the PULSE Prize at PULSE Miami Beach 2016. Courtesy of De Buck Gallery.

Rashaad Newsom, Bedroom Eyes (2015). Newsome is one of the nominees for the PULSE Prize at PULSE Miami Beach 2016. Courtesy of De Buck Gallery.

The fair’s north tent will feature multi-artist booths from established galleries, while the south tent will include the single artist presentations eligible for the bi-annual PULSE Prize, and the two-artists presentations in the CONVERSATIONS sector.

For those too impatient to wait for December, PULSE will be hosting several events in both New York and Miami, with discussions on such topics as the contemporary art market and how to navigate the art world. “It’s important to continue these conversations throughout the year,” said Toomer, who sees the event series as a way to “stay connected to other communities” and “expand PULSE’s presence beyond the fair.”

PULSE Miami Beach 2016 Exhibitors
Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, Maryland
Beautiful Asset Art Project, Beijing
BEERS London, London
Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn
Black Ship Gallery, Miami
bo.lee gallery, London
Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York
Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati
Christopher Moller Gallery, Cape Town
Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin
Cordesa Fine Art, Los Angeles
Danziger Gallery, New York
Davidson Contemporary, New York
De Buck Gallery, New York
De Soto Gallery, Venice, California
Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Flowers, New York
Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
GALERIE FREY, Vienna and Salzburg
Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal
Gallery Hilger NEXT, Vienna
Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen
Garis & Hahn, New York
Honey Ramka, Brooklyn
Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco
JHB Gallery, New York
kinder MODERN, New York
KLEINDIENST, Leipzig, Germany
Laffy Maffei Gallery, Paris
MA2Gallery, Tokyo
Monya Rowe Gallery, Saint Augustine, Florida
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Oakland
Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London
PDX Contmporary Art, Portland, Oregon
Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia
Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana
Planthouse, New York
Project: ARTspace, New York
Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco
robert henry contemporary, Brooklyn
Römerapotheke, Zürich
Samuel Freeman, Los Angeles
Sarl Galerie Christophe Tailleur, Strasbourg, France
SEASON, Seattle
Sienna Patti, Lenox, Massachusetts
Sim Smith, London
SLAG Gallery, Brooklyn
SVA Galleries, New York
taubert contemporary, Berlin
Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York
Uprise Art, New York
Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
VICTORI + MO, Brooklyn
Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles
William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, Massachusetts
William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica
Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York and Seattle
Yancey Richardson, New York
YOD Gallery, Osaka, Japan
YoungArts, Miami

Larissa Bates & Jake Longstreth | Monya Rowe Gallery
Michael Campeau & Caroline Mauxion | Galerie Simon Blais
Tim Garwood & Jonathan McCree | Sim Smith
Lennart Grau & Olivia Steele | Circle Culture Gallery
Tony Gum & Professor Ablade Glover | Christopher Moller Gallery
Rachel Hellmann & Mark Lyon | Elizabeth Houston Gallery
Lauren Kalman & Mallory Weston | Sienna Patti
Ken Matsubara & magma | MA2Gallery
Rania Matar & Michal Solarski and Tomasz Liboska | Pictura Gallery
Julian Montague & Alicia Ross | Black & White Gallery
Nic Rad & Brian Willmont | VICTORI + MO
Hedley Roberts & Alex Wood | NEW ART PROJECTS
Cornelia Schulz & Weston Teruya | Patricia Sweetow Gallery
Keyser Siso & Ryota Unno | Black Ship Gallery
Jordan Sullivan & Erin Lynn Welsh | Uprise Art

Sharon Butler | SEASON
Chen Chen + Kai Williams | Kinder MODERN
Jessica Drenk | Adah Rose Gallery
Henriette Grahnert | KLEINDIENST
Thrush Holmes | BEERS London
Mark Joshua | Vane
Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos | Sarl Galerie Christophe Tailleur
Andrew McIntosh | bo.lee gallery
Sean Newport | Cordesa Fine Art
Rashaad Newsome | De Buck Gallery
Adriana Ospina | DANTE AND RANDALL
Fernando Otero | CEDE GALERIA
Devan Shimoyama | Samuel Freeman
Hiroshi Shinno | YOD Gallery
Bradley Wood | Sim Smith

PULSE Miami Beach will be on view at Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, December 1–4, 2016. 

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