New York art lovers took a break from the bitter cold to sail down to Miami for the hottest week in art.
The 2018 PULSE Contemporary Art Fair finished its latest edition with an enthusiastic and engaged audience for interactive programming and a diverse overview of the contemporary art market. The fourteenth edition of PULSE Miami Beach provided an array of programming and artistic production including emerging and socially charged voices and works from across the globe, including exhibitors from Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa, Switzerland and Ukraine among others. “For the 14th Edition of PULSE, my team and I wanted to bring an oasis of calm to Miami Art Week. With thought provoking PROJECTS, works on timely social commentaries, and elegantly curated booths, visitors have said PULSE is the most appealing fair to visit,” says PULSE’s director Katelijne De Backer in her second year with the fair following over two decades of art-market expertise.
PULSE returned to its oceanfront home at Indian Beach Park and was presented in two spacious tents – the North Tent hosted GALLERIES exhibitors with multi-artist exhibitions, while the South Tent featured SOLO and CONVERSATIONS, singular and dual-artist presentations, as well as POINTS, which offer spaces for non-profit and alternative models.
Notable sales were reported throughout the week by a broad range of exhibitors from PULSE veterans to first-time presenters, all noting a strong presence of well-informed, U.S. based collectors. New exhibitors such as Van Rensburg Gallery from Hong Kong got feedback from the PULSE audience that this is the fair people have found new ideas for it’s intimacy and vibe; while In The Gallery connected with interested collectors and clients to buy a handful of pieces priced at $48,000; and Esperanza Projects sold Richard Kurtz’s work to McEvoy Foundation For The Arts in San Francisco and the Special Collections of University of Miami Libraries.
PULSE is known to be an intimate fair with direct connections to the artists and Allouche Gallery felt it was great to have their artist Rafa Maccaron at the fair where his work had to be replenished five times. Rademakers Gallery sold their ‘Magnetic Motion shoes’ by the Dutch designer Iris van Herpen to a private collector at PULSE and on the same day, they sold a large artwork by Preta Wolzak. NIL Gallery from Paris thought the fair was “great on all points, a very good show in style, quality, attendance.” Danziger Gallery were “happy with sales and all artists on view brought interest.
And down the beach SCOPE Miami Beach returned to its bespoke pavilion on the sands of Ocean Drive and 8th Street. Honoring its ongoing mission to provide a platform for discovery, the show welcomed a diverse range of over 130 contemporary exhibitors, including a selection of participants representing SCOPE’s New Contemporary section.
SCOPE continued acclaimed 360° experience of VIP Programming, immersive Special Projects, compelling brand integrations and a dynamic array of Museum and Cultural Partners, as well as welcoming legendary publication HI-FRUCTOSE to the SCOPE Atrium.
SCOPE Miami Beach deepened its ties with the New Contemporary and Street Art genres by celebrating HI-FRUCTOSE’s 14th year in publication. The publication transformed the SCOPE tent with ambitious projects curated by the legendary publication, featuring artists Okuda San Miguel (in collaberation with Mirus Gallery), HOTTEA(in collaboration with Thinkspace), and AJ Fosik.
Netherlands-based artist Hajar Benjida’s project Young Thug as Paintings paid homage to the cultural capital of Jeffery Lamar Williams, better known as Young Thug, one of the most influential musical artists of this generation by juxtaposing him with some of history’s most revered works of art. Supported by Young Stoner Life Records and 300 Entertainment, with production by KRISTIANKIRK.
Toasts all around to a beautiful week in art.
Photo – PULSE Miami Beach 2018. Courtesy of BFA.com / Tiffany Sage