February 26, 2009 - PULSE Contemporary Art Fair - Pier 40: March 5 – 8, 2009
February 26, 2009

Pier 40: March 5 – 8, 2009

Michel Huelin
Xenobiosis 3, 2007
Lambda print on Plexiglas, 50 x 78.75 in
Courtesy of Zürcher

PULSE New York
Presents its Most Diverse Fair Ever
With Vastly Expanded Cultural Programming

Thursday, March 5 – Sunday, March 8, 2009

Pier 40, 353 West Street at
West Houston Street


Following PULSE’s largest show to date in Miami 2008, described by critics as the City’s new ‘second’ fair after Art Basel Miami Beach, PULSE New York returns to Pier 40 in Greenwich Village, March 5-8, 2009, concurrent with The Armory Show. The fourth New York edition of PULSE is the most diverse to date, presenting 101 exhibitors from 26 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Making their first appearance are leading international galleries ColletPark, Paris; Habana, Havana City; and Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore, among others. They join blue-chip veteran PULSE exhibitors including Faurschou, Beijing and Copenhagen; Galerie Ernst Hilger/Hilger Contemporary, Vienna; Nina Menocal, Mexico City; and Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padua.

“In just four years PULSE New York has emerged to become the City’s largest art fair dedicated entirely to contemporary art” said Helen Allen, Executive Director of PULSE. “Pulse, bridges the gap between main and alternative fairs, and focuses on showcasing new works. As part of our commitment to innovation, this year we have expanded the cultural program to include video, performance, large scale installations, and a new series of informal talks given by artists and curators which will address many of the communication, socio-economic and gender issues confronting artists today.”

This year’s unprecedented number of 18 large-scale sculptures and installations will be presented in public spaces throughout the Fair. As part of the expanded installation program, R. Luke DuBois will install outside the fair a series of 43 large-scale light boxes, which initially debuted at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, while the entrance corridor will consist of a 42-foot tunnel designed and executed by Julian Lwin entitled Babylon NY.

PULSE PLAY, the video art lounge, returns with Random Rules, organized by Athens-based independent critic and curator Marina Fokidis. The program encompasses established and emerging artists including Andrea Angelidakis, Keren Cytter, Rodney Graham, Annika Larsson and Miltos Manetas in an exploration of the cultural phenomenon of YouTube. Meanwhile, PULSE PERFORMANCE features a performance by Miriam Cabessa curated by Maureen Sullivan, and Gary Carsley’s Institute for Kontemporary Esthetic Arousal, which debuted at the 2008 Singapore Biennale. And returning is an exhibition of MFA students’ works from Parsons The New School for Design curated by Eva Diaz, Senior Curator at Art in General.

Accessible to VIPs, the PULSE Collectors’ Lounge, designed by Brad Ascalon Studio, New York, incorporates classical and minimalist design elements, featuring a site-specific ambient soundscape.

On Saturday, March 7 at 2pm Helen Allen will present the PULSE Prize New York 2009 in a special award ceremony. The PULSE Prize is a 2,500 USD cash grant that is awarded to an emerging artist selected by the PULSE Committee from those exhibiting in the IMPULSE section of the Fair.

About PULSE Contemporary Art Fair:

PULSE is the leading US art fair dedicated solely to contemporary art. Held annually in Miami and New York, 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 presents galleries invited by the Committee to present solo or two-person exhibitions of work created in the past three years.

In addition, PULSE develops original cultural programming with a series of large-scale installations, its PULSE PLAY> video lounge, the PULSE PERFORMANCE events, and the recently launched PULSE Profiles series of artists and curators talks. PULSE supports numerous non-profit art organizations and schools.

Sponsors and Partners

PULSE New York thanks Austrian Airlines, First Access Sponsor; Ligne Roset and Architectural Digest, presenters of the PULSE Collectors’ Lounge, designed by Brad Ascalon Studio NYC; Hotel on Rivington, Official Hotel Sponsor; Hudson River Park Trust, Cultural Partner; and William’s Hill and Stevens, Official Shipper.

PULSE would also like to thank the following sponsors and partners for their generous support: Travelers Insurance, New York Residence, Museum of Arts and Design, Grolsch, Lavazza, SmartWater, Phillips ART expert, Artlog, and ARTEVENTS.

General Information:
PULSE New York will take place Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8, 2009, at Pier 40, West Side Highway at West Houston in Greenwich Village.

Fair Hours:
Thursday, March 5 through Saturday March 7, 12pm – 8pm
Sunday, March 8, 12pm – 5pm

The Press Preview, First Access, and Private Preview Brunch is Thursday, March 5, from 9am to 12pm (Invitation, VIP card holders, and registered press only).

Complimentary shuttle service will be provided between PULSE New York and The Armory Show, VOLTA NY, and SCOPE (Shuttle locations available at www.pulse-art.com).

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

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PULSE New York

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