Mini Miami Report
This is the view from the top of the Pulse Art Fair. I'm not big on pissing matches among the fairs, seeing each as serving a different segment of galleries and the art world in general, but I did very much enjoy Pulse this year and liked hearing from other folks that it was among their favorites.
Ahhh...who am I kidding, Pulse kicked ass this year. With record attendance, incredibly strong sales, museum quality art everywhere, and a growing sense of importance among the art world in general, it's become the fair after Basel to beat, in my opinion. Opinions may vary, but I trust mine the most. More on this idea later when I develop these thoughts some more.
We went with an inside/outside/color/b&w theme this year (we somehow scored primo placement and had two outside walls). For the first three days of the fair the interior of our booth was all black-and-white work with formal wall labels and overall appearance. We had color works on the outside. Then we inverted the booth, scrawled the wall labels in pencil on the wall, let down our hair (so to speak), and showed more of our casual side. It had the effect of feeling like we had done two booths or two fairs, and though it was a lot of work, we enjoyed the response. Here's a shot of the first layout:
Some of our artists were in town for the festivities, including Sarah Peters (and her husband the artist Christopher Spadazzi):
David Kinast (and his friend the artist Deborah Grant):
And, of course, the man I could not survive any art fair without. The hardest working and hardest playing man I know, my Bambino (doing his Janet Jackson impersonation):
More later when we return to New York.