Art Basel Miami Beach

Pulse Miami 2010 Highlights: Cosplay, Weaponized Churches and Creepy Baby Clowns

In its sixth year, Pulse has carved a niche as one of Art Basel's largest satellite fairs, encompassing more than 80 galleries inside Wynwood's sprawling Ice Palace, and one of the best for sculpture, contemporary photography and performance art. But who knew it would be so damn comfortable?

Fair-goers lounged on bright red hammocks scattered around Pulse's front yard, sipping on free Perrier, or caught a nap between shows in the shade beneath trees out front. Inside, the Palace's airy, sunlit spaces are a perfect contrast to the sometimes stuffy Miami Beach Convention Center. Even a signature installation by Orly Genger called "Beefcakes" --  stiff white ropes woven into large stacks scattered around Pulse -- doubled as handy benches for lounging and appreciating the art.

That's not to say the works on display are comfortable. From edgy installations like Al Farrow's religious buildings made of weapons to Luis Lorenzana's terrifying clown children to haunting oil paintings by KK Kozik, Pulse keeps visitors on their toes. Click through for some photo highlights.

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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