#PelhamPicks vol 19

Pelham's Art Industry News

Quote of the Week


"It was like opening up King Tut’s tomb”

- Art and antiques consultant Vincent Manzo, on the trove of paintings and prints discovered in a Long Island hospital.

Media Brief

  If you haven't got your artist designed mask yet - where have you been? The Telegraph's Colin Gleadell overviews a recent Phillips initiative raising money for charities such as Artadia and Migrate, whilst The Art Newspaper compiles their '6 of the best'.
"Abandoning the arts in schools is a big mistake" warns V&A director Tristram Hunt, in an op-ed for The Telegraph. Reflecting on the recent trend for channeling pupils' efforts in “core subjects”, Hunt says "'the idea that studying the arts is antithetical to success is especially short-sighted'.  
  Hyperallergic shared some interesting statistics on COVID-19 transmission risks for some of our favourite activities. Art-lovers will be pleased to know museum and gallery going was scored at 4/10, or low to medium risk.
Schoeni Projects launches in London this Friday, with the street-art takeover disCONNECT, reports Evening Standard and the Metro. Ten international street artists have transformed a South London townhouse with their 'pandemic inspired' art.   
  The Art Newspaper reported this week that leading American artists, including Carrie Mae Weems and Ed Ruscha, are participating in the Enough of Trump campaign - an initiative launched this week by People for the American Way that aims to motivate the public to vote ahead of the general election in November, and remove US President Donald Trump from office.
Artnet speaks with Rose Wylie, whose US solo debut has just opened at the Aspen Art Museum. Bemused by her relatively new success, Wylie says: “I don’t know why since I hadn’t changed and the work hadn’t changed, but institutions, gallerists, and collectors changed their minds. It beats me.”   

Virtual News

  Writer and curator Alistair Hicks reviews the Serpentine's exhibition from multimedia artist Cao Fei - "where virtual and real worlds meet" - concluding that "her work has consistently jumped out of the box that we like to put artworks in". Via Financial Times.

Social Media

In honour of World Emoji Day this week, Hyperallergic transformed existing emojis into classic masterpieces - from Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa to Maurizio Cattelan’s Comedian banana. Editor in Chief Hrag Vartanian also dreams up the emojis the art world is missing, pinpointing the "esoteric tote bag" and the unsung "Art handler".  

Weekend Listening + Reading + Watching

  WATCH: For those aged 7-12 years, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC is running a virtual hour-long session teaching the art of looking. Register now for tomorrow's conversation, and leave the iPhone in the next room.
READ: 'It took genius to chisel these buttocks' - Guardian critic Jonathan Jones rounds up the top 10 bottoms in art - namechecking a lot of the great Renaissance Masters, from Donatello's David, to Leonardo da Vinci's A standing male nude.  
  LISTEN: The Barbican reaches into their archive for two interviews with Swedish film director Ruben Östlund, responsible for the award winning The Square. Listen to the podcast for his take on art world satire.