PULSE Miami 2010 12/2-5/10

PULSE Miami 2010
December 2 – 5
The Ice Palace
1400 North Miami Avenue
Press and VIP Private Preview*: Thursday, December 2, 10am-1pm
Thursday, December 2, 1pm – 8pm
Friday, December 3, 11am – 7pm
Saturday, December 4, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, December 5, 11am – 7pm

Special Evening Preview Tuesday, November 30 7-9 PM*
*Invitation or press accreditation required

New Director Cornell Dewitt Announces Initial List Of Galleries; Emphasizes Core Vision For Miami 2010

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is proud to announce the exhibitors and programming for its 2010 Miami edition. The sixth edition of the fair – the first under new Director Cornell DeWitt – will offer a blend of 82 leading and emerging international galleries alongside the hallmark program of original cultural projects for which the fair is renowned. PULSE Miami 2010 will also introduce a new focus on the city and culture of Miami, and an unprecedented emphasis on the visitor experience, foremost through its exhibitors and programming, but also via new culinary partners and social opportunities.

“PULSE consistently achieves success by presenting a first class roster of galleries on a scale that is manageable, and in a setting that is comfortable. Our core exhibitors, who could show in any fair the world, recognize this and it keeps them coming back” DeWitt explained. Joining such long-running PULSE veterans as Conner Contemporary Art, Hilger Modern/Contemporary, and Yossi Milo Gallery, are a wealth of new exhibitors. Miami’s Gallery Diet will bring work by artist Christy Gast, who will have a solo exhibition at the De La Cruz Collection coinciding with the fair. Another newcomer is Galleri Maria Veie, a central figure in Oslo’s under-recognized contemporary art scene, bringing Jumana Manna to the IMPULSE section of solo artist booths. From New York comes Larissa Goldston Gallery, whose artists on view include the young American artist Orly Genger. For its garden area, PULSE Miami has commissioned Genger to create Beefcakes, a functional elaboration on prior installations by Genger, including her current
MASS MoCA installation Big Boss, in which a gigantic construction of woven climbing rope appears to explode through a wall into a colossal mass throughout the gallery space.

Schroeder Romero and Shredder – a new joint venture, bringing together Schroeder Romero Gallery and The Sienese Shredder – make their first appearance in an art fair, bringing Michael Waugh’s Decline and Fall (of a performance artist). Waugh will continuously read from The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire with no breaks during an eight hour long day at the fair. The performance is accompanied by a drawing inspired by the texts, on view in the gallery’s booth. Following last year’s acclaimed turn, the Austin, Texas collective OK Mountain will present Trailer, an ambitious new sculptural installation exploring the tradition of customized barbecue trailers, courtesy of New York’s Freight + Volume.

Several galleries come to PULSE Miami from points outside North America and Europe. Asian galleries include Silverlens Gallery from the Philippines, plus Ai Kowada Gallery and veteran exhibitor Megumi Ogita, both from Tokyo. A sizeable Latin American contingent will also be on view, represented by mainstay gallery Nina Menocal from Mexico City; Arróniz, also from Mexico City; and Bogota, Colombia’s Nueveochenta. San Juan, Puerto Rico’s RICA Gallery; and San José, Costa Rica’s Galería Bickar will exhibit in the IMPULSE section of curated solo-artist booths.

The Miami 2010 edition of the fair’s PULSE PLAY> video exhibition is curated by Tampa Museum of Art Executive Director Todd D. Smith. Titled Water on the Mind, works by Janaina Tschape, Janet Biggs and Johanna Billing channel a range of emotions – frustration, melancholy, and nostalgia, evoked by the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

For the first time, the fair will open with a private evening preview on Tuesday, November 30, featuring a live musical performance hosted by the Friends of the New World Symphony. Also performed repeatedly over the course of the fair is WALL, a study in choreography by Shannon Gillen & Guests (see press kit/website for schedule). WALL imagines the human body as a magnetized form under pressure, irresistibly drawn to the length of a wall. Bodies will collide, levitate, and orbit this space, creating new relationships as they interact.

The PULSE Prize will be awarded to an exceptional emerging artist selected from the IMPULSE section of the fair by the PULSE Committee. The recipient will receive a $2,500 cash grant and the opportunity to design the limited-edition tote bag created for the next year’s fair. VIPs attending PULSE Miami 2010 will receive complimentary bags designed by last year’s PULSE Prize winner, OK Mountain. Other prior recipients include Eric Beltz, Chen Chien-Jen, Philip Gurrey, Chris Natrop, Emilio Chapela Perez, Duke Riley, and Travis Somerville.

To enhance the experience of our guests, PULSE Miami has commissioned a rotating program of food trucks from some of Miami’s favorite restaurants: the wildly popular Latin Burger; gourmet food truck pioneer Gastropod; Jefe’s Original, serving their signature fish tacos; and Yellow Submarine, purveyors of the finest Colombian fast food. Each day a different truck will be available to guests in the fair’s plaza – please see the schedule available on the next page. Finally, at the end of each day visitors are invited to reward themselves and partake in cocktails at the PULSE Bar, from 4pm to 7pm.

For a full list of the galleries exhibiting at PULSE Miami 2010 please click here,

PULSE Miami 2010 is brought in part by the generosity of the following sponsors and partners:
EPIC Hotel, Jaguar, Société Perrier, Garden Design, Travelers, New World Symphony, Henriot Champagne, Grolsch, Ultimat Vodka, Artist Pension Trust, Mayor’s Office of Film & Cultural Affairs, Prime Event Group, Miami Magazine, Artnet.com, Artbus, Spanish Cultural Center in Miami, Miami Art Museum, Wolfsonian FIU, Bass Museum of Art, Elizabeth Stevens & Co., Smart Source, Spuntino Catering, and Space | production + design.

Cornell DeWitt was founder and principal of his namesake gallery, and former director of Yvon Lambert New York, in addition to his experience as a private dealer and advisor. He has also served on the faculty of New York University where he received a master’s degree.

Through its annual editions in New York and Miami, PULSE serves as the junction between central and satellite art fairs. Its exhibitors consist of a select group of leading and pioneering international galleries that present works by premier contemporary artists with those of emerging and undiscovered talents. A central component of the fair is its program of commissioned cultural projects that link its audience to all aspects of the visual and performing arts.