#PelhamPicks vol 15

Pelham's Art Industry News

Qote of the Week

"Delivery, curbside, and in-store pick-up service only."

- the instructions given to commercial galleries in New York as the city begins to emerge from lockdown, via Artnet.

Media Brief

In good news this week, The Guardian's Mark Brown reports on the forthcoming reopening of England’s big museums and galleries, with London's National Gallery likely being the first. Jonathan Watkins, director of Ikon Gallery, touched on his plans for the Birmingham space, acknowledging that health measures were first and foremost: "we have got to take it all very seriously. It is not just an academic exercise.”  
  When it comes to protecting the arts, the British government is lagging behind Germany, France and Italy. “Europe is not only benefiting from more generosity from the top than is currently available in Britain, but an earlier lifting of lockdown, and greater entrepreneurship on the part of cultural institutions” says Ivan Hewett in The Telegraph.
As the artworld flocks to the Hamptons, Hauser & Wirth become the latest gallery to reveal plans to set up outposts this summer. Meanwhile, also on the Eastern Long Island, Artnet reports that artist Katherine McMahon and musician Ray Angry will give away $500 - all in $1 bills sprayed down with Lysol and presented on silver platters - as part of a performance piece commenting on privilege, consumerism, and the circulation of money.  
  What makes an iconic work of art? In light of the new exhibition Inspiration: Contemporary Art and Classics at Helsinki's Ateneum Art Museum, the BBC's Cath Pound explores contemporary art's relationship to ‘iconic’ masterpieces, which "still exert a powerful draw today."

Virtual Art News

  Former Christies’s co chairman Loïc Gouzer has this week launched a new experimental art-sales app, Fair Warning which will offer one work per week to a curated list of top-end collectors. Arnet’s Nate Freeman, asks Gouzer and the apps developer, what’s the rush?
As institutions globally continue to reflect on philanthropic funding models (Evening Standard), Artsy offer an op-ed for the importance of artist-led philanthropy in the US, emotively penned by Artadia's Carolyn Ramo.    
  18 is the magic number! The editors of ARTnews collaborate to look into the future of the art world. Unsurprisingly digital innovation will lead the way, but they also foresee a kinder, greener and more global industry.

 Social Media

In an attempt to quash black market trading in antiquities and looted objects from the Middle East and Africa, The Art Newspaper reports that Facebook has banned the sale of historical artefacts on the social media platform.   
   As arts institutions across the globe are seeking to address diversity imbalances within their collections, The Metropolitan Museum of Art staff have raised concerns following what has been seen as an insensitive Instagram post by the chairman of the European paintings department - shared on Juneteenth, as reported by Robin Pogrebin for the New York Times.

Weekend Listening + Reading + Watching

   LISTEN & WATCH: On 26 June at 2pm ET, 13 museums across the world will simultaneously stream Arthur Jafa'Love is the Message, The Message is Death over a 48 hour broadcast. Read more via the Hirshhorn Museum here.
 READ: 'Let me see that thong'! - Elephant explores the 'impact and resilience' of the 'barely there party' in another of their brilliant deep dives into contemporary culture, in all its bare-faced glory.   
   WATCH: In light of Pride month, The Guardian spotlights some of the best online LGBT exhibitions running right now. Catch them before they draw to a virtual close.