#PelhamPicks vol 11

Media News

Quote of the Week

“None of us are clairvoyant. We just play fortune teller on IGTV." 

Artist Kara Walker considers the 'Post-Lockdown World' for Frieze.

Media Brief  
In efforts to keep the Miami art scene buoyant, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) added new artworks by artists represented by Miami-based galleries to its permanent collection. Director Franklin Sirmans tells The Art Newspaper "these galleries have nurtured Miami’s art scene over the past decades, and will continue to do so moving forward, but only if they’re supported by local individuals and institutions."  
  The New York Times talks to Sandra Benites of the Guaraní Ñandeva people - Brazil's first Indigenous art curator - about her yearlong exhibition titled "Indigenous Stories" at the Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP) in 2021. Looking to represent many of her country’s 305 ethnic groups,  Benites hopes to explore their united  “vision of the world and how it relates to our territory.” 
Read what Patric Johnson - financier turned partner at boutique art advisory firm Beaumont Nathan - thinks banking can teach the art market, particularly during times of crises; over in the Financial Times.  
  It's another unexpected year for the Turner Prize, with organisers cancelling this year's edition and opting to grant 10 bursuries to deserving artists instead (at £10,000 a pop). Labour MP Tracey Brabin, a former shadow culture secretary, offered her congratulations on Twitter, adding: “Let’s hope the winners come from all regions of the UK and it embraces diversity in creativity.” Via The Guardian.
Virtual Art News  
'Turns out it's not as simple as mirroring their white-walled counterparts.' Elephant's Emily Gosling speaks to the website designers re-envisioning galleries' pages in the wake of lock-down.   
  'Chatroulette could well be viewed as a metaphor for the utopianism of the world wide web itself, which promised infinite connection and the democratisation of our global existence. Instead, we got trolls, unicorns and d*** pics.' Elephant's Louise Benson revisits the original video chat service for their ongoing 'Contemporary Classics' series.
Social Media  
The Art Newspaper's Aimee Dawson interviews The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s masterful social media manager Claire Lanier, whose digital engagement initiatives – including artwork recreations #MetTwinning and bad haircuts through art history  – have boosted social media followers by 200,000. Follow them on @metmuseum to join the fun.  
  Bakers are using their social media accounts to share art-inspired bread works, reports Artnet, with 'Vincent van Dough's and Focaccia Edvard Munch's. What's next? 'Naan' Golding's?

Weekend Listening + Reading + Watching

Uniqlo Tate Lates: Night In will be streaming an artist-led programme on Friday 29 May from 19.00–21.00 BST, introduced by Gemma Cairney. Offering two streams - one focusing on 'Artists talks and workshops', the other 'Music, film and spoken word', there will be talks and appearances from Kara Walker and Wolfgang Tillmans. Videos are available on this page on the night.  
  In light of the V&A's Kimono exhibition, currently closed due to the pandemic, Vogue's Hayley Maitland explores the history of the garmet and the debate around cultural appropriation - including that recent encounter with the Kardashians... 
From Ravilious to Rothko: how looking at paintings can lift our locked-down spirits. With a little help from philosopher Alain de Botton, The Telegraph suggests artworks to seek out if you’re in need of consolation.