#PelhamPicks vol 5

Pelham's Art Industry News

Quote of the Week

"In the midst of this historic menace, a brief burst of light points to the future
Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future, let’s go" 


Media Brief

  Artnet shares some positive news on the art market, with Nate Freeman discussing what art is selling right now - from Contemporary stars to discount bargains - and Tim Schneider exploring why the art world may emerge from isolation faster than other industries; looking to the resilience of cruise bookings as a marker... 
At a time when supporting artists seems more important than ever, read Whitewall's interview with Artadia director Carolyn Ramo, discussing the organisation's unrestricted grant-giving for US artists and how collecting can be philanthropic.   
  As Asia's art market begins to reopen, Oscar Holland at CNN Style explores the work of Chinese artist Zao Wou-Ki, whose paintings outsold Warhol, Hockney and van Gogh last year.
Does the art market have a responsibility to reduce its carbon emissions, and if so, how? Artnet's Nicholas Russell wrestles with the notion of replacing the shipping of physical works of art with virtual exhibitions, and proposes where we need to refocus our energy...  
  Artsy profile 16 curators, all aged 35 years or younger, who are 'bringing fresh, millennial perspectives to a global roster of institutions and programs'. 'Altogether, they’re shaping the future of art around the world,' writes Alina Cohen.
In 'A Dream Deferred, for Now'  The New York Times' Robin Pogrebin shares some much needed positivity from the artist Deborah Roberts, who discusses the recent postponement of her first major solo exhibition at the Contemporary Austin: “It just gives me time to be greater.”   

ArtTactic have launched the UK Art Market Expert Guide: How to Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis?  in partnership with Constantine CannonHallett Independent and Rawlinson & Hunter. The report can be downloaded for free here.


Virtual Art News


If you're growing tired of navigating newly virtual museum tours, the Evening Standard's Ben Luke searches out the art works created to be digested digitally, including the chance to own a VR KAWS (if only temporarily).


“I don’t believe technology and our VR will replace art fairs. It will redefine them. Has the Internet replaced books? No. Nothing can replace an experience with a work of art. But it expands the audience, that is what i love about it.” - Iwan Wirth talks to Artnet's Eileen Kinsella about the gallery's new technology and research division, ArtLab, which will debut through a virtual reality exhibition later this month, previewing Hauser & Wirth’s in-progress outpost in Menorca.

Over at The New York Times this week, Andrew Dickson test-drives the Hasting Contemporary's robot - which allows visitors to view works whilst in quarantine; with only a few crashes on the way. 


Social Media & Community

In a series of Instagram posts, Damien Hirst has been answering all sorts of questions sent in by his followers. Find out about his snooker skills, thoughts on the necessity of art, and his own quarantine experience.   
  The New York Times' Jason Farago has pulled together his top 5 artists to follow on Instagram right now, including Torbjorn RodlandPhumzile Khanyile and Nkosinathi Khumalo. More here.

Saudi-led foundation Art Jameel is giving $150,000 to Middle Eastern and North African creatives whose incomes have come to a halt due to COVID-19, through an open call which will close on June 7, reports Mille.


Weekend Listening + Reading + Watching


Artist Michael Craig-Martin, has made a colour-in NHS tribute for you to complete at home: “In isolation, I have been drawing fruit, vegetables and flowers,” the artist said. “Of course they refer to ‘nature’ in a way I do not normally do, but in our present challenging circumstances, they never looked more important or more beautiful.” The PDF poster can be downloaded for free here. TheGuardian.com will stream performances of acclaimed plays staged at Hampstead theatre, including Howard Brenton’s #AIWW: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei based on Barnaby Martin's book on the artist's imprisonment in 2011. Catch the production available to watch from 10am on 27 April until 10pm on 3 May.