#PelhamPicks vol 2

Media News

Quote of the Week

The task of artists in this new plague year will be to reestablish painting, photography, performance and the rest as something that can still be charged with meaning, and still have global impact, even when we’re not in motion. Or at least that is the long-term mandate; the short-term task is to survive.

Jason Farago, New York Times

Media Briefing 

Arts Council England have launched a £160m emergency response package for cultural organisations, freelancers and individual artists, as reported by the BBC and The Guardian. The UK art world is responding rapidly to lockdown, reports Frieze.  
  For the New York Times, Julia Jacobs reports on US cultural institutions seeking bailouts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Time Out has postponed print issues, rebranding as Time In, whilst the Evening Standard offer a delivery service to Zones 2 and 3, for the first time in the publication's 193-year history.  
  Over at CNN Style, Stephy Chung preaches that at times like these culture “should be embraced as means for respite, escape and nourishment." Enjoy some escapism in Helen Jenning’s exploration of the ‘forgotten stars of Malian photography’s golden age’, a deep dive into some of the imagery shown as part of Black Shade Project’s recent show in Marrakech.


Dazed has just launched its debut digital issue. Meanwhile, The Telegraph and The Guardian continue to feature online exhibitions, tours, and viewing rooms.


Virtual Art News


In a short space of time, the art world has quickly shifted focus to digital platforms and online viewing rooms. Art Basel reported 250,000 guests attended their inaugural online sale, where 235 exhibitors took part, showing more than 2,000 works with an aggregate value of approximately $270 million.

At Artnet, the virtual art world listings continue, and the publication will now spotlight one exhibition around the world every day. Similarly, Frieze will highlight a gallery every day for 30 days. At Artnet, you can also read about the new VR technology for galleries developed by Oliver Miro, which will include a collaboration with David Zwirner, and virtual tours of artist studios like that of Oliver Beer, who is set to present a new commission at this year’s reimagined Riga Biennial.

Social Meida & Community

The Turner Prize-winning artist

Keith Tyson, has launched his
#isolationartschool on Instagram as an online hub for "projects, lessons and tips by artists to help people get creative while housebound".

Meanwhile, Dazed have instigated #AloneTogether, a creative community dialogue that calls for solidarity, togetherness and communication.
   In arts community news, The Art Newspaper has put together a list of financial aid available to freelancers and small arts companies during this difficult time. They have also reported an update on the Artists Support Pledge having raised £10million so far.


Weekend Listening Reading & Watching 


Op-Eds & Critics

The New York Times reported on journalists covering stories from home, quoting Adrienne LaFrance of The Atlantic saying that the movement is “unlocking a world of experimentation and nimbleness.” Inspired by this, we have selected some of our favourite voices from the week: Tim Schneider on how mass telecommuting could be here to stay; Elizabeth Dee on six ways to build a stronger art market on the other side of the outbreak; Andrew Russeth on the role of art in a pandemic; and Anny Shaw at The Art Newspaper considers commercial galleries as content producers in these trying times, noting David Zwirner Books and their Dialogues podcast.


And for some inspiration...
BBC Culture in Quarantine and the Social Distancing Festival are live, and full of online content. You can also read about artists’ favourite social distancing recipes, how they are staying creative, and how artists found inspiration in isolation in the past.


And finally...

Pelham might be working remotely but we're just as contactable as ever - please continue to call us in London on +44 20 8969 3959 or New York +1 646 318 6618, or of course on emails. We're also happy to use our LifeSize conferencing system to ensure we can keep meeting in person - if only digitally for now!