#PelhamPics vol 7

Pelham's Art Industry News

Quote of the Week

"How about an art caravan this summer along I-95?"

Innovative art fair or summer holiday? - Josh Baer considers Art Basel's immediate future in this week's Baer Faxt.

dia Brief


For The Guardian, Oliver Basciano overviews the artist and gallery-led initiatives "raising morale and money under COVID-19", concluding that the ultimate artistic legacy may be the rainbows drawn by isolated children which adorn our front windows.  
  'It has become an act of resilience in isolation, a way to seduce without touch' - The New York Times considers how the Nude Selfie has become 'high art' for many interaction-starved individuals.
Museums around the world begin to open their doors following months out of operation amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, reports Hakim Bishara for Hyperallergic, offering us a glimpse into the new norms of the museum experience.  
  The Creative Industries Federation is urging the UK government to ‘implement urgent funding for the creative and cultural organisations impacted by the fall-out of COVID-19,’ Art Review reports. The letter has been signed by over 400 members of the creative industry, including artist Anish Kapoor and Tate director Maria Balshaw.
 The Art Newspaper's Ben Luke comments on the trend for commissioning artists to respond to the current crisis. He argues that creatives deserve a “new deal”; that money should instead be spent on supporting community projects, which will be an essential resource after the lockdown ends.  

Virtual Art News


Continuing the deluge of online art sales platforms, Sotheby's launched their Gallery Network this week, Margaret Carrigan of The Art Newspaper reports. The auction house's inaugural gallery partners include Lehmann Maupin, Kasmin, Petzel and Sperone Westwater, the primary benefit to the galleries being the exposure of their artists to the auction house’s clients.


Online appointments for “touch-free” IRL viewings, Zoom tours and international gallery shares (alternating programming between their own show and a show in partnership with another international dealer) are just three ways that Various Small Fires gallery L.A. and Seoul are trading during the current crisis - as reported by Artnet's 'New Models' series - highlighting galleries innovating beyond traditional ways of exhibiting and selling art in the primary market.




Social Media and Community


Over @zabludowicz_collection's Instagram Anita Zubludowicz is discussing collecting with friends and colleagues through #Zabcast. Check their website for a full schedule, which includes @valerianapoleone and @russelltovey sharing their insights.

The Yorkshire Museum recently put out a call on Twitter asking for museum experts to submit pictures of the creepiest objects in their collections; and things got weird—fast, reports Artnet. The competition was part of the Yorkshire Museum’s weekly #CURATORBATTLE series, which aims to connect institutions during lockdown. Previous instalments included calls for the dullestprettiest, and deadliest objects. Check out #CreepiestObject to view a pincushion decorated with children's heads, a smiling muzzle for public humiliation and a taxidermy 'mermaid'.  

Check out #gagosianspotlight to follow the gallery's new Artist Spotlight program, which invites a single artist each week to use the gallery’s online channels as an open platform for their work. Every Wednesday they're unveiling new content—including videos, interviews, essays, artists’ playlists, and more—providing insights into artistic practice and process, inspirations and influences. Featured artists include Roe EthridgeKatharina GrosseTheaster GatesUrs Fischer,Damien Hirst, and Jenny Saville.



Weekend Listening + Reading + Watching


Brighten up your weekend with Lindsay Lohan's new single 'Back to Me'; then wash it down with some more cerebral reading over at Frieze, as they ponder the child-star's 'eternal return'. She's right - those Sundays really are starting to feel like Mondays...


The Guardian's cutting art critic Adrian Searle is in a repentant mood this week as he talks us through his "confessions", including whether he's aware of how hurtful his comments can be. Gain an insight here.