March 2, 2016

In Orbit: PULSE

And the beat goes on, In Orbit readers, the proverbial ‘beat,’ in this case, being the mounting thump of PULSE New York. Since 2005, PULSE has been gracing the New York and the warmer climes of Miami with veritable feasts of contemporary offerings from across the globe, and for its 11th go-around, it promises the usual breadth of scope (no, not that one) and quality of display. What’s new and notable? For one, the fair remains rooted in Armory Week following a 2015 shift from Frieze’s may madness. Further, the fair’s Conversations platform, debuted at last year’s Miami Beach edition, will make a welcome return appearance, providing occasion for dual-artist exhibitions.

Pulse ArtBinder

PULSE New York at Metropolitan Pavilion:

Private Preview Brunch: 10am to 1pm, March 3 (VIP only)
March 3—6, 2016
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
New York City

Thursday: 1pm to 6pm
Friday–Saturday: 11am to 8pm
Sunday: 11am to 5pm
*No new entries 20 minutes prior to close*

ArtBinder, PULSE

Tony Gum, Free Da Gum, Series I. Diasec print, Edition of 10. 150×100 cm. Courtesy of Christopher Moller Gallery


The emergent star of last year’s PULSE New York was Elizabeth Condon, whose kaleidoscopic reflections on Shanghai (presented courtesy Miami’s Emerson Dorsch Gallery) claimed the jury-awarded PULSE Prize. There were, of course, plenty of additional flashes of brilliance, whether defiantly tongue-in-cheek (as with Carla Gannis’s radical Bosch recreation The Garden of Emoji Delights) or staked firmly in aesthetic play (as with the fractured constructions of Melissa Murray).

As for this year? If you’re the betting type (or simply enjoy prime artistic fare), you may want to scout out the nominees for this year’s PULSE Prize, among whom stands Cape Town’s Christopher Moller Gallery and their artist-in-tow, photographer Tony Gum. Only 20 years old, Gum has already accrued a reputation as a soon-to-skyrocket fashion photographer, and one need only glance at her vibrant color portraits to understand why. Next, pay a visit to New York’s Garis & Hahn to gape at the intoxicating abstractions of Michael Maxwell, Karen Margolis, and Lala Abbadon, and round out your visit with a trip to Brooklyn’s Honey Ramka; the latter gallery will be featuring a selection of intricate works on paper by Lars van Dooren.

Insider Tip:

ArtBinder may or may not have a lovely alum over at PULSE (emphasis on ‘may’), so you can trust the iron-clad tips herein as you would the highest-grade C.I.A. intel. If you’ve exhausted our highlights and eaten your way through our restaurant picks (and your wallet, consequently), you’re well advised to pay mind to PULSE’s PLAY showcase, which serves as a platform for video and new media. This year’s selection is curated by The Cultivist‘s own Joey Lico, and should please anyone in the market for heady explorations of identity and community.