Alicia Eggert & Mike Fleming, You are (on) an Island, 2011-2013; Courtesy of the artists and Sienna Patti, booth N-313

PULSE Miami Beach Opens Tomorrow
November 30, 2015, Miami Beach, FL – The eleventh edition of PULSE Miami Beach returns to its home at Indian Beach Park tomorrow with an expanded footprint, interactive programming and cutting-edge contemporary art. PULSE’s beachside exhibition space of over 60,000 square feet spans two custom-designed tents, the North Tent and the South Tent, and includes five distinct lounges, the oceanfront VIP Deck, the PERSECTIVES Lounge, the Café, the Garden Lounge by The Harbour and the Target Too environment offering visitors ample opportunity to relax and absorb artworks presented by 84 national and international exhibitors.

PULSE Miami Beach will open with its signature Private Preview Brunch on Tuesday, December 1 from1pm–4pm as an exclusive first look for VIPs and invited guests. The inaugural event will include the presentation of Man Na Manam Na Man Manam + {AR}Ticulations of the Self, an interactive augmented reality installation by Amir Baradaran in the South Tent. Immediately following the brunch PULSE will open to the public with the Opening Celebration from 4pm–7pm which features the first PERSPECTIVES talk of the week. Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, will engage PLAY guest curator Stacy Engman and artists Amir Baradaran, Kate Durbin and Kalup Linzy in conversation about performance art and popular culture. The evening will also include live performances by Kate Durbin and Kalup Linzy.

Notable galleries from three continents will present a mix of established and emerging artists whose perspectives and practices are expected to challenge and engage PULSE’s global audience. Visitors will find well-known artists such as Chuck Close, Vik Muniz, Edward Burtynsky, and José Parlá alongside a host of rising stars to discover. Conversations, a new focus on dual-artist exhibitions, highlighting the visual dialogue between the artists’ works through material, style and subject, can be found in the South Tent and some of the actual conversations between artists featured can be found on

PULSE is committed to creating an enjoyable environment to discover and experience art and will continue its tradition of presenting tightly curated and thematic booths. “We are building an ever-evolving community of galleries and are proud to welcome 12 who exhibited at the very first PULSE eleven years ago.  As our footprint by the ocean increases, there’s more room to view art, ​ more projects to interact with and more room to relax. Our goal is to create a supportive environment and aid in the development of long-lasting relationships for our audience, exhibitors and their artists,” says Helen Toomer, Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair.

Innovative programming is an essential part of the PULSE experience. PLAY, a platform for video-based works, will be guest-curated by independent curator and ArtCapsul founder Stacy Engman. Screenings will run on-site throughout the week. The PROJECTS program will feature the captivating neon installation You Are (on) An Island by Alicia Eggert  and Mike Fleming courtesy of Sienna Patti and the playfully unsettling “apartment building sculpture,” Everyone is Somewhere, by Chris Jones courtesy of MARC STRAUS, along with works by Frances Trombly courtesy of Emerson Dorsch, Gordon Holden courtesy of Paul Loya Gallery, and Jim Osman courtesy of Lesley Heller Workspace. The jury-selected PRIZE, a cash award given directly to an artist exhibiting in a solo presentation at the fair, will be announced on Thursday, December 4. The 2015 Miami Beach jury includes Don Baciagalupi, Director, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; Casey Fremont, Executive Director, Art Production Fund; Sarah Harrelson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Cultured Magazine; and Deborah Willis, PhD., Chair, Department of Photography and Imaging, NYU Tisch School of the Art.

On Saturday, December 5, PULSE will close the week with a day focused on the Miami arts community which includes complimentary admission for Miami residents between 10am5pm (upon presentation of valid ID) and the Sunset Celebration. Starting at 5pm, the Sunset Celebration begins with a welcome by Miami Beach Mayor, Philip Levine and features a Miami-focused PERSPECTIVES talk with Tobias Ostrander, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of PAMM; Bahia Ramos, Art Program Director for the Knight Foundation; and Claire Breukel, curator of Y.ES contemporary, moderated by Hrag Vartanian ofHyperallergic. The Florida Grand Opera will bring PULSE Miami Beach 2015 to a close that evening with a live performance courtesy of the Knight Foundation.


PULSE Miami Beach I December 1–5, 2015
Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140


Tuesday, December 1                1pm – 4pm  | Private Preview Brunch (VIP Invitation Only)
Tuesday, December 1                4pm – 7pm  | Opening Celebration
Wednesday, December 2         10am – 7pm
Thursday, December 3             10am – 7pm
Friday, December 4                  10am – 7pm
Saturday, December 5              10am – 5pm
Saturday, December 5                5pm – 7pm  | Sunset Celebration
PULSE provides complimentary shuttle service to and from Art Basel Miami Beach at the Convention Center during fair house from Wednesday, December 2 through Saturday, December 5.  There is limited parking onsite and a complimentary shuttle will run to and from Parking Garage 6 located at Sheridan Avenue between W 41st and W 42nd Streets during public hours. During the Private Preview Brunch, Opening Celebration and the Sunset Celebration there is VIP car service available between PULSE Miami Beach and the Shore Club at 1901 Collins Avenue courtesy of Cadillac.

Founded in 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is an established part of the annual art calendar with editions in New York and Miami Beach. The fair is recognized for providing its international community of emerging and established galleries with a dynamic platform for connecting with a global audience. PULSE offers visitors an engaging environment in which to discover and collect the most compelling contemporary art being produced today. For further information about PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, please visit

SAVE THE DATE: PULSE New York | March 36, 2016
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011




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