We extend a warm thank you to everyone who visited PULSE New York this year! The eleventh edition of the fair captivated audiences closing the week with vigorous sales and high energy. Visitors reveled in a spatial thoughtfulness that has become a signature aspect of the PULSE experience. The atmosphere created a contemplative space for visitors to engage in tightly curated exhibitions and purchase works with intention and information. "It has been a great fair and I have enjoyed witnessing the exchanges between our exhibitors and visitors. There is a genuine enthusiasm about sharing information and connecting the dots, which helps foster a welcoming community and greater exposure for the artists," says Helen Toomer, Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair.
Strong sales were reported early on opening day with works selling from both emerging and established artists. PULSE hosted a number of representatives from private collections and institutions including Brooklyn Museum, 21C Museum Hotels, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Duncan Collection, Museo del Barrio, Oklahoma Contemporary, Metropolitan Museum, Microsoft, MOCA Jacksonville, Pizutti Collection and Wadsworth Atheneum. “This was the best PULSE New York we’ve had in years! We had a diverse experience across all price points. We sold to big institutions, major museums, corporate and private collections, the whole spectrum was covered,” said Tatyana Okshteyn of Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
This season of PERSPECTIVES talks challenged the status quo and required all involved to contemplate art as a powerful tool. PLAY Curator, Joey Lico discussed themes of cultural identity while Hrag Vartanian, Editor-in-Chief of Hyperallergic moderated a stimulating discussion about art and revolution. Whitewall editor-in-chief, Katy Donoghue discussed the art of collecting in today's expanding market and Sherry Dobbin, Director of Public Art for the Times Square Art Alliance, moderated a panel about the joys and challenges of working in Cuba. Artist Macon Reed brought critical thought to the loss and legacy of dyke bars in the gay and queer cultural landscape through her standing-room-only panel discussion and her installation Eulogy for the Dyke Bar, presented by Mackin Projects.