Pelham Picks

An exclusive look at the most illustrious private views of the week ahead


Korean Cultural Centre UK Open Call II Exhibition 2017





The KCCUK’s Open Call programme offers the winner and the finalist the opportunity to exhibit their works at the Korean Cultural Centre UK in 2017. The show is said to be ‘a springboard for emerging artists of Korean origin whose opportunities of presenting their practices are becoming rare in the competitive UK art scene’. The winner of the Open Call, Jeongwon Eom, will present her solo show 1:60 between 3 April 2017 – 22 April 2017.


In 1:60, Jeongwon Eom’s series of installations will explore her interest in the human being’s act of wandering through urban networks as well as the way how geo-psychology can provoke one’s mind and behaviour. Eom will articulate these thoughts through a combination of video works and performances created from assembled objects. The exhibition title 1:60 refers to the relationship between the artist herself and the 60 people who will be performing on the exhibition’s opening night, each leaving the traces of their body line on the window.


PVMonday 3 April, 6-8pm


The Art Business Conference 2017 in New York



After establishing its poisition as the UK’s leading platform for art discussions through three successful editions in London, The Art Business Conference launches in New York. The event is going to take place on 4 April 2017 at 10 on the Park at Time Warner Centre, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.


Ideal for art market professionals, this one-day conference will explore the key issues relevant to international art market today. It offers in-depth insight and extensive knowledge essential for owners and managers of galleries, art advisors, auctioneers or private collectors as well as every senior involved in buying and selling antiques. 


Conference: Tuesday 4th April



Benchmarks: New Prints by El Anatsui at the October Gallery



October Gallery announced the preview of never-before-seen works by El Anatsui called Benchmarks. The series was created in collaboration with Factum Arte - studio based in Madrid renowned for its synergy of past, present and future techniques.


Though globally-renowned for his iconic hangings of aluminium bottle-tops, Anatsui’s artistic practice has always been rooted in the new media. Anatsui, following the imperative that an artist should work ‘with whatever his environment throws up’, created a wide variety of novel sculptural forms with materials that range from tropical hardwoods to cassava graters, driftwood and obituary printing plates. He focuses on the physical history of the materials themselves, the stories they contain and the journeys that bring them into his hands. At the age of 73 Anatsui was crowned with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 56th Venice Biennale. 


Showcase: Wednesday 5 April, 6-8pm



Mat Collishaw's THE CENTRIFUGAL SOUL at the Blain|Southern gallery



Blain|Southern gallery is launching an exhibition called The Centrifugal Soul featuring Mat Collishaw’s new sculpture, installation and paintings. Drawing on various forms of illusion, the show explores ideas of superficial truth and the erosive effect of our primal urges for visual supremacy.


Collishaw worked with evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller to produce the title work and centrepiece of the exhibition. The Centrifugal Soul is a sculpture in the form of a zoetrope, a pre-film animation device that produces the illusion of motion through rapid rotation and stroboscopic light. Collishaw’s piece responds to Miller's idea that evolution has created an inescapable drive to be noticed above the visual competition, feeding our need for self-promotion.


PV: Thursday 6 April, 6-8pm