#PelhamPicks vol 23

Pelham's Art Industry News

Quote of the Week

"Art is often about having a decent dollop of chutzpah, but this takes the biscuit."


Critic Oliver Basciano on Rockstar (come fledgling artist) Ronnie Wood’s take on Picasso’s Guernica - via The Guardian

Media News


Artnet has sought to hold to account the actions taken by museums to improve their working practices and the content of their collections, following widespread pledges in the wake of the George Floyd protests and BLM movement this Spring. Find out here who is living up to their promises.


  Following suit, the Guggenheim’s director Richard Armstrong announced the museum’s efforts for establishing new policies for reporting discrimination and developing diversity programs, including paid internships for students from underrepresented backgrounds, partnerships with historically Black colleges and universities to promote job openings, and a new industrywide professional network for people of color working at arts organizations – as reported by Zachary Small, NYT.
The Guardian reports that notorious Berlin nightclub Berghain will open its doors to art-lovers as a gallery, while the German capital’s nightlife remains on hold. The exhibition which opens 9 September will show works by 85 Berlin-based artists including Olafur Eliasson, Tacita Dean and Wolfgang Tillmans.  
  James Dyson of vacuum fame, and his wife Deirdre are one step closer to realising plans to build a gallery exhibiting their art collection at their home in South Gloucestershire. The gallery project – which will house works by artist such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Yves Klein – has been submitted to the local council for planning approval. Via Wallpaper*.
Hyperallergic’s Valentina Di Liscia explores ‘How Latinx Artists Were Shut Out Of Art History’, as scholar Arlene Dávila’s latest book Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, Politics is released.  
  Bucking the trend of cancellations, RIBOCA2 and suddenly it blossoms, Riga’s “nimble biennial” opens today. In the FT, Jackie Wullschläger praises its ability to “distil the homegrown and local…Like all meaningful biennials, RIBOCA is inherently, gorgeously, an architectural proposition”.

An outpouring of dedications came following the death of Luchita Hurtado this week. The artist, known for her images of female figures and ethereal landscapes died at 99 in her home in California.


Digital News

The Art Newspaper shares artist Mina Cheon’s tasty initiative to Eat Chocopie Together. In collaboration with the Asia Society Triennial, the new digital initiative implores the public to share the treat virtually with a friend “for global peace”. For each pair of Choco Pies shared on the site, a donation of $2 will be made to the Korean American Community Foundation COVID-19 Action Fund.  


Social media

  The Brazilian artist Romero Britto has found himself in a social media standoff as a video showing an irate woman shattering one of his sculptures in front of him following what she claims as his ill treatment of her restaurant’s staff in Miami. With the video receiving over three million views, The Art Newspaper asks, “Karen” or “Cancel”?


Weekend Listening + Reading + Watching

READ: Men to Avoid in Art and Life is the new book from comedy writer Nicole Tersigni. Fed up of men explaining her own jokes back to her, she paired their patronising comments with classical art – with viral consequences. Read more, including some of the hilarious examples, via Chloe Ashby, The Guardian.  
  WATCH: Museum-goers in the Netherlands are viewing artworks from their cars in a trending drive-thru exhibition concept. Boijmans Ahoy Drive-Thru Museum allows for 750 vehicles per day, the experience of driving through the darkened museum has been described as “like an artistic game of hide and seek, the 40 artworks emerge from the darkness”.

LISTENEdinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Fringe are coming to your living room this August – you can listen and watch through virtual events online, including a series of unique specially filmed performances from artists, and “pay what you want” virtual events.