Even though I never make it into the water, I love being near it, if only to take the brick-path beach walk from my South Beach hotel the 10 blocks north to the Convention Center and hotels. Over the past couple of years, however, many of the fairs have migrated away from the hotels—which, admittedly offer cramped space at best—to the Wynwood section of Miami, across the causeways, a $22 cab ride away. (Yes, you can take a fair-provided shuttle if you don’t mind being on someone else’s timetable.)
Wynwood, with its warehousey buildings and grass lots large enough to accommodate the giant fair tents, has thus become the active alternative location for the various venues. Taxis and pedicabs ply the fair route. I felt weird having another person take me around on his own pedal power until he assured me, “It’s my job this week. Just tip me well.”
While I’m not keen on the location—SoHo Studios, just far enough away from the rest of the Wynwood venues to require some sort of transportation—or the hard concrete floor that’s hard on the joints, the art at Pulse never disappoints.
. Installations: Some installations shown here consist of whole booths devoted to one theme. Others are just so well designed that the the whole and its parts are in perfect equipoise. I liked them all.
Nettie Horn, London: Debbie Lawson's hallucinatory carpeted Victoriana
Period atmosphere from Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Dusseldorf
My photographic notes show a sign that says The Siennese Shredder, but I'm not going to assume it's from Italy and I can't tell you the artist or artists who did the work. (Pulse doesn't provide a catalog.) It's a compelling installation though, no?
Marx and Zavattero, San Francisco: Libby Black's installation stopped you in your tracks. But talk about lightweight. The whole installation is made out of paper. (And it will take a bundle of paper to acquire it. Price: $61,500)
. Multiple elements: This may sound corny, but when you see what artists do with stuff like pencil points or shoe taps, you're reminded (once again) that we just don’t think like other people.
Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York: This gallery specializes in collage and assemblage, and the whole assemblage-of-an-installation reinforces the gallery's point of view, above and below, and below that