October 20, 2009 - PULSE Contemporary Art Fair - Held at The Ice Palace
October 20, 2009

Held at The Ice Palace

Oliver Herring, ALEX, 2009. Digital C-print photographs, museum board, foam core, and polystyrene, 74 x 24 x 16 inches. Courtesy of Max Protetch.

New Venue to Feature Enhanced and Expanded Presentations and Programming

December 3 – Sunday, December 6, 2009

VIP and Press Preview Brunch Thursday, December 3, 10:00am–1:00pm (Invitation, VIP card holders, and registered press only)

The Ice Palace
1400 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

www.pulse-art.com

Opening Hours:
Thursday, December 3: 1pm – 8pm
Friday, December 4: 10am – 7pm
Saturday, December 5: 10am – 7pm
Sunday, December 6: 10am – 7pm

Location:
The Ice Palace – 1400 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair will move to Miami’s Ice Palace this December with an enhanced and expanded presentation of international galleries and programming. PULSE enters its fifth season with a continued commitment to presenting high-caliber contemporary art from an internationally-diverse roster of exhibitors. The new venue provides PULSE with an expanded platform for their special programming series, including the Miami launch of an ambitious performance program featuring daily outdoor concerts. Held from Thursday, December 3 through Sunday, December 6, 2009, the fair will run concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach.

“This edition marks an important moment for PULSE. We are excited to be moving to The Ice Palace, which is to become our home for several years, and where we can build on our tradition of quality presentations and programming,” says Helen Allen, Executive Director of PULSE. “Our success in past years has secured our stature in the art world, and has also raised the expectations of our exhibitors and collectors alike. This year will further illustrate our commitment to expanding PULSE as a forum for collecting and experiencing contemporary art and artistic practices in all its forms.”

PULSE Miami will feature 85 exhibitors in its main section, with an additional 12 galleries in its IMPULSE section, including a large number of returning exhibitors, many of which have exhibited with PULSE in both Miami and New York. According to Stefan Roepke, “PULSE is the only fair I have been working with in the past few years in these two cities. I respect their professionalism and consider it the hallmark of a great fair, beloved by its participants and the public.” Among the other returning galleries are Galeria Senda from Barcelona; Max Protetch, Postmasters, and Winkleman Gallery, from New York; Nina Menocal from Mexico City; Galerie Anita Beckers from Frankfurt; Conrads from Düsseldorf; Fred from London; Rena Bransten Gallery from San Francisco; Conner Contemporary from Washington, D.C; and Angles Gallery from Santa Monica.

PULSE will also welcome 27 newcomers, including La Industria from San Juan, Puerto Rico; M+B from Los Angeles; Hosfelt Gallery from San Francisco; Maior from Mallorca; Nieves Fernández from Madrid; Open Gallery from London; and Lyle O. Reitzel from Miami and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Each year, one artist featured in IMPULSE, the section of the fair dedicated to solo artist presentations, is awarded a 2,500 USD cash prize. This year’s PULSE Prize will be awarded in honor of Adriaan van der Have, Founder and Director of Torch Gallery who passed away last spring, and who was an inspiring force in the art world for his dedication to the promotion of emerging artists. The winner will be announced Friday, December 4, 2009 during the PULSE party.

The fair will also feature an array of expanded special programs, enhanced by the Miami debut of PULSE Performance. The series will feature daily performances and concerts by young emerging artists such as Maria Jose Arjona, who was recently invited by Marina Abramovic to be part of the “cleaning the house” workshop, serving as preparation to re-enact Abramovic’s performances at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010, and whose daily performances will be among the highlights of the new programming. Notable musical talents, including The Vivian Girls, The Blow, and Exene Cervenka, constitute some of the other PULSE Performance highlights.

Additionally, PULSE will present its signature program of large-scale sculptures and installations, which will be displayed throughout the fair’s exhibition halls and lawn, and the PULSE Play› video lounge, curated by João Ribas, Curator of Exhibitions at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA. Danny Baskin and Andy Schrock, featured in PULSE PRESENTS at ACADEMY 2009 hosted by Conner Contemporary Art, have also each been given space to present new projects at the Fair. Both are recent graduates with no commercial representation and will make their debut at PULSE Miami.

Note: PULSE New York will take place March 4 – 7, 2010 and will continue to showcase leading international galleries as well as the Fair’s signature programs.

About PULSE Contemporary Art Fair:
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is the leading US art fair dedicated solely to contemporary art. Held annually in New York and Miami, PULSE bridges the gap between main and alternative fairs and provides participating galleries with a platform to present new works to a strong and growing audience of collectors, art professionals and art lovers.

The fair is divided into two sections and is comprised of a mix of established and emerging galleries vetted by a committee of prominent international dealers. The IMPULSE section showcases galleries presenting solo exhibitions of emerging artist’s work created in the past two years.

In addition, PULSE develops original cultural programming with a series of large-scale installations, its PULSE PLAY› video lounge, the PULSE PERFORMANCE event series, and the recently launched PULSE Profiles series of artists and curators talks. The PULSE Prize is awarded in New York and in Miami to one of the artists presented in the IMPULSE section.

For more information about PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, please visit
www.pulse-art.com or call +1 (212) 255-2327.

Media contact:
Elizabeth Reina or Ben Thornborough, Blue Medium, Inc.
T: 212-675-1800, E: elizabeth@bluemedium.com, ben@bluemedium.com

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