#PelhamPics vol 8

Pelham's Art Industry News

Quote of the Week

"I like my art straight, and my people bent'

Maggi Hambling considers a rehang on this week's edition of Grayson Perry's Art Club

Media Brief

The BBC reports that a new Banksy artwork has appeared at Southampton General Hospital. Depicting a young boy who has discarded his superhero toys for an NHS nurse, the work is a poignant tribute to the UK's national healthcare system.

  'Politicians Always Profit from Fear' - Ai Wei Wei speaks to Artnet whilst quarantining in Cambridge, England. Like many  of us, he has been documenting this strange time via Instagram.
The LA Times' Christopher Knight has become one of the only art critics to win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, reports ARTnews, for his work analysing - and critiquing - the controversial proposed overhaul of the L.A. County Museum of Art. Previous art critics to be awarded include New York’s Jerry Saltz (2018), the Washington Post’s Philip Kennicott (2013), and the New York Times’s Holland Cotter (2009).  
  The FT's How to Spend It Magazine shares photographs of our 'intimate lives' by Nick Knight, Juergen Teller, Cass Bird and others, whilst highlighting artist initiatives that can help raise money for COVID-19 relief, including Martin Parr photographs and Goodman Gallery artist's blankets.
The New York Times visits the artists benefiting from the newly launched US -based Artist Relief Fund, following a survey which shows nearly 62 percent of artists responding have become fully unemployed due to the pandemic.  
  Frieze magazine's May edition is its first under Andrew Durbin's editorship, providing some much needed - if not necessarily light - relief; from snarky meme-based criticism to the teens of TikTok to ‘artjacent’ arrivistes

Virtual Art News

William Kentridge discusses why he's playing with 'Pepper's Ghost' in his new film Mayakovsky: A Tragedy, in the Financial Times this week. The short is available online as part of a #CoronetInsideOut a series launched to support The Coronet Theatre in London’s Notting Hill.  
  The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright discusses the V&A's new online series Pandemic Objects, which examines how everyday, unremarkable items have become charged with new meaning and purpose during the Covid-19 age.

Social Media & Community

Is digital going analogue, or analogue going digital? As Kamel Mennour artist's send paper planes of hope via @theartnewspaper.official's IGTV, Nashville based artist Jason Brown is asking his followers to send him their art works. It's the resurgence of 'Mail Art' says Artnet, a movement that goes back 6 decades, and finds inspiration across Modernist, early Postmodernist movements, Dadaism and Fluxus; how do we hashtag that?  The postponment of this year's Met Gala didn't deter people from celebrating "fashion’s biggest night out”. The Met and Vogue's social media accounts teamed up to showcase the public's DIY recreations of celebrity outfits from the past. Follow the #MetGalaChallenge to see more, via Hyperallergic.
  To support Partners in Health during the Covid-19 pandemic, Damien Hirst has teamed up with Snapchat to create his own spin art lens. Give it a whirl, and read more via Wallpaper.com.

Weekend Listening + Reading + Watching

In light of VE Day 2020 celebrations, The Telegraph's Alastair Sooke unearths how the National Gallery hid its art in a Welsh mountain during WW2, subsequently using its empty galleries as a temporary venue for world-class concerts.