Top 6 Picks of Pulse Art Fair 2017

From an eye-catching photogram to fabric-and-ceramic sculptures, our selection of the best works at the show.

This year’s Pulse contemporary art fair marks the first under its new director, Katelijne De Backer, who replaces Helen Toomer after a three-and-a-half-year stint. De Backer—who most recently ran Art New York and Aqua Art Miami, was director of New York’s Armory Show from 1999 to 2011, and has also held positions at Scope art fair and Lehmann Maupin gallery—brings a wealth of art-world experience. And it shows. The 2017 fair, open through tomorrow, Dec. 10, offers what may very well be the strongest, most mature iteration of Pulse our editors have seen. Here, our six favorite stand-outs, including a photogram by L.A.-based artist Farrah Karapetian, from her 2015 “Soundscape” series, and a Pulse-commissioned installation by Puerto Rican–born Héctor Arce-Espasas.

Soundscape 40 (2015) by Farrah Karapetian.

Danziger Gallery


Ode To Paradise (Dancers)” (2017) by Héctor Arce-Espasas

Special commission for Pulse Miami Beach 2017


“Milk of Human Kindness (2017) by Tony Gum.

Christopher Moller Gallery


Mending #8 (2017) and other ceramic-and-fabric sculptures by Ramekon O’Arwsiters.

Patricia Sweetow Gallery


“Exploded Flat 2 (2017) by Jim Campbell.

Hosfelt Gallery


“Tequesta,” “Arcadia,” “Falling Rock,” “Blountstown,” and “Rockledge” (2015/2016) by Hayley Rheagan.

Richard Levy Gallery

Photos: Spencer Bailey

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