Pulse NY Director Helen Toomer Emphasises A Curated Fair With Focused Booths

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair 2014 which runs simultaneously with the Frieze New York art fair has unveiled its list of exhibitors. This year will feature new and returning international galleries, spanning from eleven countries. Currently, over seventy five percent of exhibitors will present solo, two or three artist presentations, which are integrated throughout the fair as PULSE, IMPULSE, and POINTS exhibitors, thereby encouraging connectivity between artworks, galleries and visitors and emphasizing the fair as a platform for discovery.
The new Director, Helen Toomer stresses the importance of curated booths, allowing the quality of artworks to be at the forefront of the fair. She states, “I’ve encouraged our Exhibitors to treat their booths like their galleries, showcasing focused and curated installations which provoke thoughtful and interesting conversation. I want our visitors to experience new artworks, interact with our programming and develop longstanding relationships with our galleries and the artists represented.”
Solo artist booths, which are eligible for the PULSE Prize, are highlighted throughout the fair. These include presentations by Art Mûr (Montréal), featuring microbiologically-informed sculptural installations by Canadian artist Laurent Lamarche; Davidson Contemporary (New York), a longstanding exhibitor returns with stencil-inspired paper-cutouts of Thomas Witte, who was recently featured by MTA Arts at Grand Central Station in New York City; GUSFORD | los angeles, unveiling transcultural photo-portraits of London-based Moroccan born artist, Hassan Hajjaj; Ikon Arts Foundation (New York) debuting the phantasmagorical mixed-media drawings of Croatian artist Marko Tadić; Jerome Zodo Contemporary (Milan), exhibiting historically-rooted mixed media works by  artist Luca Pignatelli; Livingstone Gallery (The Hague), offering large-scale destruction drawings by Dutch-based Spanish artist, Raquel Maulwurf; MIMI FERZT GALLERY (New York), showcasing evanescent paintings and an experiential  meditative booth by Russian-based Nikolai Makarov; Times Square Arts and Cuban Artist Fund (New York) presenting Arles del Rio, who is supported by Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and will exhibit a public art installation in Times Square this year; TRANSFER (Brooklyn), presenting algorithmic pieces by artist and programmer Daniel Temkin; and Uprise Art (New York), featuring photography-based works by Brea Souders. Spanish artist Cristina De Middel, winner of the Miami 2013 PULSE Prize, continues upon her success by returning with Black Ship (New York), to showcase a new series of photographic works.
Members of PULSE’s seasonal guest jury – composed of prominent curators, collectors, and industry influencers – will award the PULSE Prize, a cash grant given to an artist of distinction featured in a solo exhibition at the fair. The winner will be announced on Friday, May 9th at 7pm, after the PULSE Jury discusses nominees during a PULSE Perspectiveroundtable. The announcement will take place during PULSE Presents, a celebratory event with drinks and performances from 6pm-9pm.
PULSE Projects will include #wishingpelt, a make-a-wish interactive performance by Sean Fader; Andy Yoder’s 200-pound globe latticework consisting of 300,000 matchsticks, commissioned by Curatorial Research Lab @ Winkleman Gallery (New York); a site-specific window installation by New York based artist, Tamara Gayer; LOAD, a monumental black-and-white painting by Charles Lutz, presented by beta pictoris gallery / MAUS CONTEMPORARY (Birmingham) and Simón Vega, who recently represented El Salvador at the Venice Biennale, presents a special project, curated by MARTE Contemporary Chief Curator Claire Breukel; more to be announced.
532 GALLERY THOMAS JAECKEL New York, NY, Adah Rose Gallery Kensington, MD, Art Mûr Montréal, Canada, ART 3 [IMPULSE] Brooklyn, NY
beta pictoris gallery / MAUS CONTEMPORARY Birmingham, AL, Black & White Gallery/Project Space Brooklyn, NY, Black Ship [IMPULSE] New York, NY, Black Square Gallery Miami, FL, C24 Gallery New York, NY, CAMILLA GRIMALDI London, United Kingdom, Coagula Curatorial Los Angeles, CA
Curatorial Research Lab @ Winkleman Gallery [POINTS] New York, NY, Davidson Contemporary New York, NY, De Buck Gallery New York, NY, Eric Firestone Gallery East Hampton, NY, Freight + Volume New York, NY , Front Room Gallery Brooklyn, NY, Galerie Division Montréal, Canada, Gallery Joe Philadelphia, PA, gallery nine5 New York, NY, Guidi&Schoen Contemporary Art Genoa, Italy, GUSFORD I los angeles [IMPULSE] Los Angeles, CA
Ikon Arts Foundation [POINTS] New York, NY, Jerome Zodo Contemporary Milan, Italy, JHB Gallery New York, NY, Keeler & Co. [POINTS] New York, NY, Kressling Gallery [IMPULSE] Bratislava, Slovakia, Livingstone Gallery The Hague, Netherlands, m+e gallery New York, NY, M2A – Galerie für, zeigenössische Kunst Dresden, Germany, Margaret Thatcher Projects New York, NY, MARTE Contemporary [POINTS] San Salvador, El Salvador
MIMI FERZT GALLERY New York, NY, MY NAME’S LOLITA ART Madrid, Spain, Schroeder Romero Editions [POINTS] New York, NY, Station Independent Projects New York, NY, Times Square Arts and Cuban Artist Fund [POINTS] New York, NY, TINCA ART New York, NY, TRANSFER [POINTS] Brooklyn, NY, Tyler Rollins Fine Art New York, NY, Uprise Art New York, NY, Waltman Ortega Fine Art Miami, FL / Paris, France, Waterhouse & Dodd New York, NY / London, United Kingdom, Zadok Gallery Miami, FL, Zemack Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, Israel
PULSE PRIZE NOMINEES: The PULSE Prize is a jury awarded cash grant given to an artist of distinction featured in a solo exhibition at the fair.
Arles del Rio [Cuban] – Times Square Arts and Cuban Artist Fund New York, NY
Brea Souders [American] – Uprise Art – New York, NY
Daniel Temkin [American] – TRANSFER [POINTS] Brooklyn, NY
Hassan Hajjaj [Moroccan] – GUSFORD I los angeles [IMPULSE] Los Angeles, CA
Laurent Lamarche [Canadian] – Art Mûr Montréal, Canada
Luca Pignatelli [Italian] – Jerome Zodo Contemporary Milan, Italy
Marko Tadić [Croatian] – Ikon Arts Foundation [POINTS] New York, NY
Nikolai Makarov [Russian] – MIMI FERZT GALLERY New York, NY
Raquel Maulwurf [Spanish/Dutch] – Livingstone Gallery The Hague, Netherlands
Thomas Witte [American] – Davidson Contemporary New York, NY

Since 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair has nurtured galleries and created an international community for them to grow within the contemporary art market. PULSE combines thoughtfully curated exhibitions with an evolving series of programming, which reflects the fair’s commitment to making the visitor experience a dynamic one. Under the leadership of Helen Toomer, newly appointed director, PULSE New York 2014 will present a revitalized platform for the discovery of contemporary art and will continue to demonstrate the fair’s commitment to the exchange of ideas from pioneering and seasoned artists.

Photo: PC Robinson © Artlyst 2014

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