#PelhamPicks vol 12

Media News

Quote of the Week

"The work of art is a scream of freedom."

Reflecting on the words of the late artist Christo - in a week of protest.

Media Brief

  Following the Black Lives Matter movement and days of protest in the United States, Margaret Carrigan confronts the realities of our social climate and the roles of our (often silent) art institutions, for The Art Newspaper.
Nothing is stopping me” - gallerist Nicole Schoeni talks to the Financial Times' Melanie Gerlis as she prepares to launch Schoeni Projects London and Hong Kong. The inaugural exhibition in a South West London townhouse will see 10 urban artists creating new works in response to the COVID-19 pandemic  
  The wrong project in the wrong place at the wrong time” - read how Christo's “The Gates” in Central Park (7,500 arches, made from 5,390 tons of steel and more than a million square feet of saffron-colored vinyl) almost never happened, in Michael Kimmelman's tribute for the artist that passed away earlier this week for The New York Times
Goings On About Town newsletter has merged its culture listings into their The New Yorker's Recommends newsletter, which arrives on Saturday mornings highlighting their top cultural picks and coverage.  
  Art critic Seph Rodney reflects on the last few years of his reviews and why he might have gotten a few things wrong. He tells Hyperallergic 'After four years this May of being on staff at Hyperallergic it’s time, I think, to talk about the mistakes I’ve made.'
The Garden Museum’s director Christopher Woodward is taking drastic measures to keep the museum afloat, reports The Art Newspaper, swimming 50-miles from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly, in a bid to raise £100,000.  

Virtual Art News

  Over at Artnet, the editors highlight the virtual happenings in the art world this week, including Liverpool John Moores University BA Fine Art students' degree show - this year being staged "on Mars". Launching tomorrow from 5.30pm BST.
Looking for a backdrop for your on-going Zoom calls? Well, make sure to check out 'ZOOM Museum' as reported by Hyperallergic. Created by Iruoma Ekpunobi, you can now choose a background to your video conferencing calls from a 'comprehensive compilation of the artworks.'  
  In her first online exhibition entitled Selling Out, pop star Grimes is offering up her drawings, prints and photographs, as well as more conceptual pieces; working with her lawyer, one piece includes a legal document whereby the purchaser acquires a percentage of her soul, she explains to Bloomberg's James Tarmy. 

Social Media

. The art world pressed pause on social media this Tuesday in solidartity for #BlackLivesMatter movent - but with mixed responses, reports The Art Newspaper. Here are just some causes you can can support:
The LA Times reports on the designers creating viral 'justice for George Floyd' social media artworks, whilst Hilary Moss covers the Dallas-based artist Jammie Holmes' form of protest for T Magazine; last Saturday, the artist (with support of his gallery Library Street Collective in Detroit) used a small plane to wave a banner reading George Floyd's final words “They’re Going to Kill Me” - see an Instagram post here  

Weekend Listening + Reading + Watching

  In Christies, George Hardie - designer of Led Zeppelin’s debut LP artwork, recalls his first meeting with the legendary rock band. Still an art student at the Royal College of Art, a lithograph of the album cover is now held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Monocle launches its first episode in a series of UBS bulletins exploring shifts and trends in the art market. This episode kicks off with the author of the annual Art Basel and UBS Art Market Report, alongside other guests, discussing how the Covid-19 crisis has affected the art world.  
  Kraftwerk has created a newly edited video for a remix of their proto-techno track, It’s More Fun to Compute/Home Computer, to mark the launch of Sprüth Magers Gallery’s new website. This should certainly set you up for the weekend...