Spotlight on PULSE New York
BY STEPHANIE BERGER
The number of international galleries represented at PULSE New York continues to be an incredible draw for New Yorkers interested in Contemporary Art from other countries. Galerie Andreas Binder (Munich), Tokyo Gallery+BTAP (Tokyo/Beijing), and Galerie Stefan Röpke (Cologne/Madrid) will present group exhibitions. IMPULSE, the section of the fair dedicated to galleries presenting solo artist projects, boasts eight international galleries out of the 13 that will exhibit. camara oscura galeria de arte, located in Madrid, will present South African artist Johann Ryno de Wet’s masterful photographic series Underland. The series consists of images in small and large format, and uses the contemporary natural world to evoke a post-apocalyptic dreamscape with disturbing clarity. The title suggests what is hidden beneath the earth, and the images evoke a secret loneliness and the threat of a catastrophe, either natural or artificial.
One of the US galleries complementing IMPULSE is Carroll and Sons (Boston), which will feature a smaller scale version of Ambreen Butt’s I Am My Lost Diamond, a piece that was comprised of over 20,000 casts of fingertips and toes installed on a 13 x 20 foot wall. The work was created in response to a 2010 suicide bomb in Butt's native Pakistan. The installation will be paired with a large work on paper, In God We Trust, which utilizes shredded US dollar bills, purchased from the US Treasury, to reconstruct a dollar bill on a grand scale. In this way, she literally deconstructs our societal notions of value and draws attention to the beauty of the dollar bill as an art object. Such ideas force the question, “what does beauty cost?” Other US galleries exhibiting at PULSE include Adamson Gallery/ Adamson Editions (Washington, D.C.), Davidson Contemporary (New York), Richard Levy Gallery (Albuquerque), Mike Weiss Gallery (New York), Pan American Arts Projects (Miami), Tyler Rollins Fine Art (New York), and Von Lintel Gallery (New York).
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