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.
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.by the editors
December 09, 2017
“Soundscape 40” (2015) by Farrah Karapetian.
“Ode To Paradise (Dancers)” (2017) by Héctor Arce-Espasas
Special commission for Pulse Miami Beach 2017
“Milk of Human Kindness” (2017) by Tony Gum.
“Mending #8” (2017) and other ceramic-and-fabric sculptures by Ramekon O’Arwsiters.
“Exploded Flat 2” (2017) by Jim Campbell.
“Tequesta,” “Arcadia,” “Falling Rock,” “Blountstown,” and “Rockledge” (2015/2016) by Hayley Rheagan.
Photos: Spencer Bailey