Marking its eighth New York edition, PULSE New York presented 60 national and international galleries exhibiting a blend of emerging and established artists working in all media from photography, painting, and sculpture to performance, installation, and video art.
“The number of outstanding international galleries continues to be one of the fair’s strengths, making PULSE New York 2013 the strongest fair to date. A testament to PULSE’S impact and appeal is that eight of the 13 galleries exhibiting in IMPULSE – our section dedicated to galleries presenting solo artist projects – are all drawn from separate countries outside of the U.S.,” comments Cornell DeWitt, Director.
The impact of international galleries is seen in the main section of PULSE New York. Gallery Wittenbrink (Munich) has returned to New York, after several years away from the art fair circuit, with paintings by emerging artists Koen Vermeule, Aylin Langreuter, and Florian Thomas. The gallery noted that PULSE’s international platform is key to introducing these artists to a broader audience. Also from Munich, Galerie Andreas Binder is presenting new paintings by Matthias Meyer, and young artist Anna Navasardian, in addition to Yigal Ozeri’s oil on paper works, and photographs by Dieter Rehm and Philipp Lachenmann; Tokyo Gallery+BTAP (Tokyo/Beijing) – the first contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, founded in 1950, and last exhibiting at PULSE in 2010 – is showcasing the works of acclaimed Japanese artist Yoshio Murakami, alongside the work of emerging artist Miki Taira; Galerie Stefan Roepke (Cologne/Madrid), exhibiting with PULSE since its earliest days, curated its booth around abstraction with a mix of young, mid-career, and historical artists including Jason Gringler, Jordi Alcaraz, and Eduardo Chillida; NIEVES FERNANDEZ (Madrid) brought large drawings by Chiharu Shiota, which were originally made for a retrospective at Casa Asia, Danica Phelps, and Jordi Alcaraz.
International galleries also dominate IMPULSE, the portion of the fair devoted to galleries presenting solo exhibitions by emerging artists. These galleries include camara oscura galeria de arte (Madrid), presenting South African artist Johann Ryno de Wet; Identity Art Gallery (Hong Kong), featuring photographer Kurt Tong; OTTO ZOO (Milan) showing Dutch artist Marjolijn De Wit whose collage work explores man’s impact on nature; and Art Mûr (Montreal) dedicating its booth to the installations and miniature models of Guillaume Lachapelle. The U.S. galleries complementing IMPULSE include Carroll and Sons (Boston), which featured a smaller scale version of Ambreen Butt’s I Am My Lost Diamond, which was created for Realms of Intimacy at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center in 2011. It was comprised of over 20,000 casts of fingertips and toes that were installed directly on a 13′ x 70′ wall. In response to a 2010 suicide bomb in Butt’s native Pakistan, the installation will be paired with large work on paper, In God We Trust; and at Krause Gallery (New York); David E. Peterson’s perfectly crafted paintings translate iconic designs, fashions, architecture and our everyday world into a post-minimal conversation.
PULSE New York 2013 welcomes a distinguished group of new galleries, including Galerie Michael Sturm, PULSE’s newest committee member, who will vote on the exhibitors for PULSE Miami 2013; seasoned New York photography dealer Steven Kasher, whose booth features large-scale fashioned-oriented photographs by Miles Aldridge and Daido Moriyama, as well as work by Fred W. McDarra, Randy Polumbo, and others; Michael Hoppen Contemporary (London) also added to the strong photography component of the fair with a solo exhibition of large-scale monochrome photo collages of urban landscapes by Japanese artist, Sohei Nishino, whose work had never been exhibited in the U.S.; Ann-Marie Meister, Co-Founder & Co Director of Artport-making waves, curated a show of photographs and sculpture by Mia Pearlman and Beatrice Pediconi, entitled Natural Forces, at Z2O Galleria | Sara Zanin (Milan); and Lower East Side gallery MARC STRAUS (New York) brought new work by Jeffrey Gibson and Charles Hinman.
Additional highlights include Ali Kazma – recently selected for the Turkish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale – in the booth of C24 Gallery (New York); three Memphis artists Dwayne Butcher, Tad Lauritzen Wright, and Greely Myatt representing the New Southern Vernacular at David Lusk Gallery (Memphis); Tyler Rollins Fine Art (New York) showing wall reliefs from Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich, who currently has a solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and paintings and installation by one of Indonesia’s most recognized artists Agus Suwage, in addition to Tracy Moffatt, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, and Pinaree Sanpitak; after experiencing a blockbuster PULSE Miami 2012, DC-based ADAMSON GALLERY presenting work by iconic artists Chuck Close, Adam Fuss, Robert Longo and Gordon Parks; Von Lintel Gallery’s (New York) presented balancing abstraction and representation, including Canan Tolon’s shimmering canvases, Dana Melamed’s Piranesian wall-mounted sculptures, Mark Sheinkman’s abstract graphite paintings, and John Chiara dream-like California landscapes captured by a hand-built, room-size camera; and perennial favorite Gallery Joe (Philadelphia) exhibiting works on paper with a French twist by Sharka Hyland, Mia Rosenthal, Marilyn Holsing, Lynne Woods Turner, and Nicole Phungrasamee Fein.
PHOTOS BY: JAMIE MARTINEZ