Katelijne de Backer. Photo: MG Vander Elst

Katelijne De Backer to Join PULSE as Director

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair announced today that Katelijne De Backer, a former director of Art New York and Aqua Art Miami, was named the organization’s new director. She succeeds Helen Toomer, who is leaving her position to focus on launching an artist residency in upstate New York and developing other projects. Toomer will become a member of PULSE’s advisory committee.

“I have enjoyed stewarding PULSE over the past three and a half years and am very thankful for the relationships I have formed with the galleries and their artists,” Toomer said. “I am thrilled to embark on a new chapter and to get back to working directly with artists, who we need to nurture now, more than ever.” Toomer added that she is looking forward to handing the reigns over to De Backer, who she said “has extensive experience and connections within the art community.”

Prior to serving as director of the Art New York and Aqua Art Miami from January 2015 to May 2017, De Backer was managing director of Lehmann Maupin, where she oversaw operations in the gallery’s New York and Hong Kong locations. She also was executive director of the Armory Show for more than a decade.

PULSE Miami Beach will return to Indian Beach Park at Forty-Sixth Street and Collins Avenue for its thirteenth edition in December.