#PelhamPics vol 10

Media News

Quote of the Week

“It's difficult for anyone to make anything earth-shatteringly profound right now. Except perhaps if you're Bob Dylan" 

'Alice' - artist, film maker and photographer - talks to the Evening Standard about the act of creation during lockdown, for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Media brief  
Knocking the art calendar "permanently off its axis" this week was the announcement that the next Venice Biennale art exhibition will now take place in 2022. Artnet's Sarah Cascone discusses the decision with curator Cecilia Alemani here  
  The Guardian's culture critics open up about the challenges of reviewing the arts in lockdown - and why wifi might be the saviour of culture. Jonathan Jones reveals: "I’m trying as a critic to draw attention to such art, in these times that remind us how mortal we are."
"Put your art where your mouth is" - The Art Newspaper's Gareth Harris reveals that David Shrigley, Eddie Peake, Linder and Yinka Shonibare have each designed a set of limited-edition facemasks for the Contemporary Art Society's fundraising campaign supporting UK museums and artists. As some museums and galleries are now enforcing the use of masks - as reported by Deutsche Welle - snap yours up for £35.
  Fatigued by virtual viewing rooms, how about engaging with art-works via your TV? The New York Times' Jillian Steinhauer interviews Fanny Pereire on her experiences sourcing artworks for movie/TV sets like “Succession” and “Mrs. America”, whilst Apollo's Jillian Caddell looks at the artistic encounters and backdrops for the hit series "Normal People"; "Without these narrative moments of living and breathing with the protagonists, the TV adaptation must choose other languages for getting viewers inside the characters’ heads... art proves the ideal medium".
In a special report, The Telegraph assesses the impact of the virus across the arts and how UK culture will take on the COVID challenge. A reason to be optimistic: the public’s level of engagement with galleries during lockdown has been impressive and the sector’s creativity, resilience, and willingness to collaborate, all speak towards survival.

Virtual Art News

   Untitled Art Fair will use 'video game technology to recreate the “element of discovery”' with their fully VR edition this summer, reports Margaret Carrigan at The Art Newspaper. The move seeks to tackle virtual viewing room fatigue, and to recreate the atmosphere of their Miami Beach location; but will sunshine come as standard?
 Wallpaper* magazine 'virtually' visits the Kent home of artist duo Langlands & Bell, as they discuss their postponed exhibition exploring the architecture of Ghana's slave forts with Gallery 1957, Accra, as well as the secrets to a long-standing and successful artistic partnership.    
   Sarah Cascone reports on Artnet's top picks on Things Not to Miss in the Virtual Art World This Week including the 'Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Benefit Auction' or the 'Art History From Home: Asian American Perspectives' talk at the Whitney Museum.

Social Media

 Tracey Emin took part in the Musée d’Orsay's lockdown Instagram project, "A Week With" - asking artists to pick favourite works from the collection (reports The Art Newspaper). In typical fashion she flirts with controversy and sexuality by picking Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World (1866). Last month Marlene Dumas chose works by Félix Vallotton, Winslow Homer and Rose Bonheur.  

Weekend Listening + Reading + Watching

   Listen to a special two hour long interview between Hyperallergic's podcast host Hrag Vartanian and art critic John Yau about his experience in writing about contemporary art for nearly four decades in New York and beyond. 
 While many graduates won't get to have a proper commencement anytime soon, ARTnews shares 8 inspiring speeches given by artists like Carrie Mae Weems, Dana Schutz and Teresita Fernández, among many others.  
   Writer Hisham Matar reflects on Thomas Gainsborough's 'The Painter’s Daughters Chasing a Butterfly' and the photography of Willi Ruge posing the question: "Have we not observed how a picture can suddenly become significant to our culture while another, equally good, perhaps even better, recedes from our attention? And does this not prove that art is in constant dialogue with history?" for The New York Times Magazine's What We've Learned series.