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  1. […] A look inside PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair Coinciding with the Frieze week, PULSE New York celebrates this year its ninth edition, held from May 8 to 11 at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street), under the helm of the newly appointed director Helen Toomer. This year the fair plays … Read more on HGIssue […]

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A look inside PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair

Coinciding with the Frieze week, PULSE New York celebrates this year its ninth edition, held from May 8 to 11 at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street), under the helm of the newly appointed director Helen Toomer. This year the fair plays host to more than 50 new and returning galleries from eleven countries, with the majority of the exhibitors limiting their presentations to the work of one, two or three artists. Toomer, a former gallerist and curator, has made some noticeable changes to the fair, opening a dialogue between emerging and consolidated artists and putting emphasis on the fair’s commitment to present a cohesive overview of the contemporary art market today. Among this year’s changes we can find the integration of the IMPULSE section, a platform for emerging galleries, into the main fair, as well as the launching of the POINTS section, curated by Toomer, which highlights the work of alternative spaces and non-profit organizations. Another alteration is that this year’s PULSE prize, a cash grant given to an artist of distinction featured in a solo exhibition at the fair, will expand to consider artists not only form the IMPULSE section, but as well from the main fair and the POINTS section.

The fair also features the signature PULSE PROJECTS section, committed to the presentation and promotion of audience-engaging large-scale sculptures, installations and performances, as well as the PULSE PERSPECTIVES program, the fair’s daily round table discussions that explore ideas within contemporary art and the art market. PULSE PLAY, a dedicated showcase for video and new media that serves as a platform to encourage discovery within the digital realm, curated this year by ART21, puts the final touch to the fair that will celebrate its 10th anniversary this December in Miami. “I am very excited about the changes that we are making to the look, feel, and energy of the fair. I have redesigned the landscape and scaled down the physicality of PULSE New York so the audience has a chance to really engage, re-contextualize, and not be overwhelmed by what is in front of them,” says Toomer. “This edition in New York presents an opportunity to reinvigorate PULSE’s foundation of quality and discovery, characteristics that were established nearly 10 years ago.”

PULSE New York, May 8 to 11, 2014, Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street). May 8, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; May 9, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; May 10, 11 am–8 p.m.; May 11, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Four-day entry: $25, general: $20, students and seniors: $15. A complimentary shuttle will run between Pulse and the Frieze ferry stop.