#PelhamPicks vol 4

Media News

Quote of the Week

"Art has always been made in small spaces; in intimate settings; under pressure; looking for waters from a deeper well. Creativity was there with us in the caves; it’s in every bone in our bodies..." Jerry Saltz, via instagram.


Media Brief


The communal efforts of 7 major arts organizations in the US: Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists, have created Artist Relief - a new national, multidisciplinary initiative offering immediate individual grants to artists effected by COVID-19, as reported by LA Times and The Art Newspaper. All artists living and working in the US (including Puerto Rico and Territories) are encouraged to apply. artistrelief.org. #artistrelief


  This week The Art Newspaper published its annual exhibition attendance survey, with Ai Weiwei’s travelling exhibition in Brazil proving more popular than both Munch and Klimt at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. In the UK, Tate Modern and Tate Britain both had record attendance in 2019 with more than 6.1m and 1.8m visitors respectively.
The New-York Historical Society has launched an open call for the donation of ephemera that document the COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa Abend at The New York Times expands on museums in Finland, Denmark and London focusing on “rapid response collecting”.  
  Gerbils Pandoro and Tiramisù, got a special surprise this week when their owners created them a miniature museum - via Hyperallergic.
Read how the Centers for Disease Control’s illustration of the novel coronavirus is in fact a 'work of art' - created by Alissa Eckert and Dan Higgins - in Artnet's piece which discusses how artists 'in giving things a visual form, help make the terrifying world around us feel more comprehensible.'  

Virtual Art News

 Dezeen architecture and design magazine have announced their first Virtual Design Festival, scheduled to launch on Wednesday 15 April, and running until 30 June.   From Home, kamel mennour’s first online exhibition in its new virtual viewing room opened this week. The show questions our relationship with the most intimate place in our daily lives at the moment: home. View the show here and read about it on Mille.  
 The Design Museum, Dutch Design Week, Design Indaba, Serpentine Galleries and Sight Unseen are among cultural partners who will be contributing, as well as creatives including designer Ron Arad, trend forecaster Li Edelkoort and musicians Rosey Chan and Beatie Wolfe.  

Social Media & Community



Museums of the world, such as the Getty Museum, Smithsonian and Museo Guggenheim seek to continue to share their collections and remain visible, adopting the hashtag #MuseumFromHome.
Speaking of the Getty Museum, their viral social media challenge asking their audience to recreate famous artworks in their home reaffirmed our faith in the art-loving world. See some top efforts here.

'Museum World’s King of Memes Brings Humor to Lockdown'  headlines Alex Marshall's feature for the The New York Times, describing the Royal Academy’s sharp-witted social media editor Adam Koszary. Gaining notoriety following his viral post on a "absolute unit" of a sheep, last month Koszary's request for ham drawings sent the Twitter world into a frenzy.


Weekend Listening + Reading + Watching

 Novelist Arundhati Roy's beautiful and tragic feature in the recent FT Weekend left us feeling moved. Recounting how COVID-19 has, and of course still is, affecting India, Roy explains how the pandemic "is a portal" to our world that lies ahead.  From constructing a wearable sculpture inspired by Nick Cave with MoMA, to building a robot inspired by pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi with Pallant House Gallery, The Telegraph lets you know how to get creative with your children this Easter.

And finally...

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Keep track of all the art world cancelled and rescheduled events via Artforum
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