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Anne Spalter
Miami Marbles
2016
Inflated vinyl/fabric sphere
PULSE Projects Special Commission
PULSE Miami Beach 2016

Anne Spalter
Miami Marbles
2016
Inflated vinyl/fabric sphere
PULSE Projects Special Commission
PULSE Miami Beach 2016

Sean Newport
Gravity Waves
2016
Detail
Cordesa Fine Art
PULSE Miami Beach 2016

Sean Newport
Gravity Waves
2016
Detail
Cordesa Fine Art
PULSE Miami Beach 2016

Annie Morris
Stack 10, Ultramarine Blue
2016
Foam, core, pigment, metal, concrete, plaster, and sand
Courtesy of Winston Wächter Fine Art
PULSE Miami Beach 2016

Annie Morris
Stack 10, Ultramarine Blue
2016
Foam, core, pigment, metal, concrete, plaster, and sand
Courtesy of Winston Wächter Fine Art
PULSE Miami Beach 2016

Ben Skinner
No Future Plans
2016
Part of PULSE Miami Beach Projects
PULSE Miami Beach 2016

Ben Skinner
No Future Plans
2016
Part of PULSE Miami Beach Projects
PULSE Miami Beach 2016

Patricia Piccinini
The Lovers
2011
PULSE Miami Beach 2016
Hosfelt Gallery

Patricia Piccinini
The Lovers
2011
PULSE Miami Beach 2016 Hosfelt Gallery

Alan Rath
Bostock
2012
Courtesy of Carl Solway Gallery
PULSE Miami Beach 2016

Alan Rath
Bostock
2012
Courtesy of Carl Solway Gallery
PULSE Miami Beach 2016

Tony Gum
Free Da Gum
2016
Courtesy of Christopher Moller Gallery
PULSE Miami Beach 2016

Tony Gum
Free Da Gum
2016
Courtesy of Christopher Moller Gallery
PULSE Miami Beach 2016

Nike Shröder
Fragments 15
2016
rayon on canvas
on view at Jack Fischer Gallery
PULSE Miami Beach 2016

Nike Shröder
Fragments 15
2016
rayon on canvas
on view at Jack Fischer Gallery
PULSE Miami Beach 2016

LAUNCH SLIDESHOW

Exploring PULSE Miami Beach’s North and South Tents

Today on the shores of Indian Beach Park, the 12th edition of PULSE, Miami Beach kicked off. When approaching the two interfacing North and South tents, floating bubbles that seem to be retaining all the camp imagery of Miami from exploding, welcome you and set the tone for what awaits. These are Anne Spalter’s Miami Marbles, PULSE Miami Beach’s first PROJECTS Special commission. The artist used photographs from last year’s Miami art week that she digitally altered and distilled on these inflated vinyl and fabric spheres of varying sizes hovering around the fair. They can also be experienced virtually through the MiamiMarbles app, which features an augmented reality component.

Once you’re about to enter the fair an important choice presents itself to the viewer: Staring with the North Tent or South Tent? Our recommendation: if your wish is to buy original yet subtler pieces from established galleries head to the North tent first. If you want to be blown out of your comfort zone and brought to an avant-garde, head south.

We started with the North Tent, where we were immediately seduced by another PULSE Project, Ben Skinner’s No Future Plans, consisting of large 3 D letters surfaced with decorative marbling hung on the wall articulating “Let’s Pretend Tomorrow Night Never Happened,” hinting at reckless intent. In a similar vein we enjoyed 32 reasons why listicles are horrible shit by William Powhida at Gallery Poulsen that addressed our society’s obsessive desire to formulate everything in lists and the more general blinded drive towards brevity and shortness.

We liked the more discreet but smart selection at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, notably five small canvases by Andy Harper evoking rosacea like natural symmetry, or Thomas Müller elegantly subtle mixed media works on paper. Taubert Contemporary presented two fascinating large pieces by Markus Linnenbrink, especially the large horizontal Bleach/ Quietdogbitehard, which seems to be traversed by veins of colorful intermixed fluids. There, Adrian Esparza’s serape and acrylic on wood panel had a calming quality reminiscent of dream catchers.

ChampZoë Buckman’s punching ovaries on neon—was a magnetic attraction that almost overshadowed Katsumi Hayakawa’s mixed-media mirrored compositions at the adjacent Gallery MoMo. Patrick Hughes’s oils on board construction intrigued and optically confused all the passing viewers at Flowers Gallery. We enjoyed his piece paying homage to Henri Matisse, Matisse Maters.

Carl Solway gallery had a great selection of new media sculptures from Alan Rath as well as conceptual works from Jean Pierre Hébert focused on defining algorithmic drawing processes. The end result is dazzling. Another great highlight is Hosfelt Gallery presenting a large sculpture of two melted scooter parts by Patricia Piccinini that appear to be enamored, entitled The Lovers. Don’t exit the tent without taking a look at Gordon Parks’ photography at Nicholas Metivier Gallery and Mickalene Thomas’s at Yancey Richardson Gallery.

After entering the South tent, head straight to see Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos’s work at first-time exhibitor Galerie Christophe Tailleur. The French-Greek artist is exploring the concept of presence and absence in the post-internet age, with its characteristic simultaneous yet intertwining physical and virtual planes of existence. This is done humorously though. For instance, the series “CLiMAXdepicting a love relationship between a cell-phone and its owner through “deep” Siri conversations, made us laugh nervously.

Tony Gum’s new work at Christopher Moller Gallery is also not to miss. Through a return to her home country, in the series “Tip of The Iceberg” the South African instagrammer recasts tradition using the visual language of new media platforms, infusing the new within the old, and creating compelling dialogues. In the series “Free Da Gum” she pays homage to the liberating female figure that is Frida Kahlo in the at times misogynistic art world. In both series, the aesthetic result is mesmerizing.

Charlotte Boutboul
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Charlotte Boutboul is of French and Swedish descent and a recent graduate from NYU’s cultural reporting and criticism masters program. She has also a bachelor in political economy from Goldsmiths Un[...]
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