#PelhamPicks vol 20

Pelham's Art Industry News

'The "historical reportage of Hamilton with the fantasy and delight of Willy Wonka's golden ticket” 


- The company behind Salvator Mundi! The Musical gives us a flavour of what we should expect come 2022, via The Art Newspaper.

Media Brief


The Guardian's Mark Brown reports that Sky Arts - the UK's only television channel dedicated solely to arts and culture - will become free to viewers as part of a mission to “champion and celebrate creativity”. Sky Arts director, Philip Edgar-Jones, expands: “There’s never been a stronger need or demand for the arts, nor a more important time to champion and celebrate creativity”.

Organisers of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair have confirmed the go ahead for their London edition, planned for 8 - 10 of October - perhaps the first event to go to plan following the pandemic, observes Melanie Gerlis in the Financial Times.  
  ARTnews asks 'Where Should Art History Go in the Future?' as Yale University announced a serious revamp to their survey courses - controversially focusing less on the US and Europe. 
David Hockney bites back at Boris Johnson's proposal for losing weight to save the NHS, addressing the PM as "bossy-boots Boris". In a letter to The Telegraph from his house in Normandy, Hockney says "The National Health Service will always have to deal with births and deaths, the final cause of death is birth. Love life."  
  Kendall Jenner shows off her artistic tastes in AD Magazine this month, with pictures of her LA home, adorned with works by James Turrell and Tracey Emin. Her full collection includes works by Barbara Kruger, Richard Prince, Raymond Pettibon, and Sterling Ruby.

Does Britain need a coronavirus memorial? Alastair Sooke talks to leading figures from Anish Kapoor to Gabriele Finaldi about the pros, cons and infinite possibilities in The Telegraph. When is the right moment to start discussing a possible memorial to the victims of Covid-19? And, if we did build one, what form should it take? 

A timely addition to the National Gallery of Art in Washington brings to light a glaring gap in the institution’s collection, as 80-year-old Jaune Quick-to-See Smith becomes the first ever Native American artist to see her painting purchased by the museum. Interview via The Guardian.  

“Arts organizations will need to become increasingly more adaptive, rather than simply reactive” writes Micaela Martegani, founder of nonprofit organisation More Art, that helps to instigate public art which promotes social justice. In an Artnet op ed, Martegani examines how artists have had to adapt to the new reality while art institutions are slower to manoeuvre.


Virtual News

  The art world has witnessed a flurry of activity around the new Instagram account @surviving_the_artworld. With a number of women alleging Canadian digital-media artist Jon Raffman of sexual misconduct, three international museums have been quick to respond by cancelling upcoming shows - via Sarah Cascone at Artnet.

Today, the BBC reports that TikTok is launching a $70 million (£54m) fund to pay some European creators for their content. For the first time, the app is making money available for EU users, in a bid to hold onto extisting talent and drive new makers.



Weekend Listening + Reading + Watching

WATCH: Lee Miller + Art Today - online talk today, Thursday 30th July on Zoom from 6-7pm BST. Hosted by Katy Hessel of @thegreatwomenartists, the talk will foray into the life and work of Miller, joined by her granddaughter Ami Bouhassane and contemporary artists and photographers Maisie Cousins and Charlotte Edey. Book a place here.


READ: The New York Times' T Magazine explores the practice of sculptor Marguerite Humeau - participating in this year's Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art. Creating mystical scenarios with "eerie, biomorphic sculptures and installations [which] often feature extinct species, ancient gods, ultramodern technology and mythical creatures of her own design", it seems there is a lot to dig up in Humeau's work.  

LISTEN: In the latest episode of The Collector’s House, artist Hassan Hajjaj talks to Danielle Radojcin about his work - from his famous Kesh Angels image of henna girls on motorbikes, to photographing Billie Eilish for the cover of Vogue.