#PelhamPicks vol 26

Pelham's Art Industry News

Quote of the Day


"Auf wiedersehen, techno"

Berlin's legendary nightclub Berghain reopens as an art venue - via The Guardian.

Media Brief


As Berlin Art Week triumphantly kicks off at venues across the city, WWD examines the fashion designers who are aligning with the art world. With seasonal trade fairs uprooting to Frankfurt, brands have looked to the city’s art scene for inspiration, with 20 Berlin-based designers taking part in the Positions art fair which opens today.

For the first time in its 150-year history, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has hired a full-time Native American art curator. Patricia Marroquin Norby has previously served as senior executive and assistant director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, New York. She will be the Met’s inaugural associate curator of Native American art, working in the museum’s American Wing.  
  The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden presents their inaugural exhibition on the history of shoin-style architecture and mid-century Modernism following a friendship between architect Junzo Yoshimura, woodworker George Nakashima, designer Noémi Pernessin Raymond and architect Antonin Raymond. Read all about it as reported by Tom Seymour for Wallpaper*.
Hauser & Wirth have hired former head of Fortnum & Mason, as their first global chief executive. In a statement shared with Artnews, Iwan Wirth has said, “Our business and the art world itself have grown dramatically in scale and velocity, and now that we are a global concern, it is essential to have a strong Chief Executive to lead our team.”  
  As Art Basel Miami Beach was officially cancelled last week, Mayor Dan Gelber of Miami Beach said he was “disappointed, but not shocked” by the cancellation of the event - as reported by Brett Sokol for NYT.
Art sales and art fairs are the worst affected by COVID-19 claims a mid-year art market report from UBS and Art Basel. Anny Shaw in The Art Newspaper examines the top line figures, finding art sales dropped by an average of 36% and in the first half of 2020. Meanwhile, Sophia Kishkovsky reports that the eighth Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair is the first art fair to hold a physical event since the outbreak of Covid-19 wreaked havoc on calendars around the world. Margarita Pushkina, Cosmoscow’s founder and director, says the “decision to hold the fair offline was not easy or clear-cut for us.”  

Digtial News

Graffiti historian and curator Roger Gastman partners up with NTWRK, a digital shopping platform to showcase (virtually) works by artists including Felipe Pantone, Kenny Scharf and Mark Machado, a.k.a. Mister Cartoon.  

Social Media

  Striking figures for social media sales released in the Art Basel and UBS global art market report, stating that Millennial collectors say they are more comfortable buying at higher prices online: 16% commonly purchasing over the $1m threshold. Nearly a third of collectors (32%) bought a work of art via Instagram.

Weekend Listening + Reading + Watching

LISTEN: From Joni Mitchell to Radiohead and Sun Ra, The Art Newspaper have created their own Spotify playlist of tracks chosen by their podcast interviewees Michael Armitage, Jenny Saville, Chantal Joffe and Rashid Johnson. Tune in for some weekend listing.  
  READ: In 'Athens: an art capital arises' Kasia Maciejowska overviews how the cultural crucible of the ancient world is emerging as a contemporary art hub for the Financial Times.
WATCH: Ensure you pencil in some sofa time next Thursday, when Sky Arts launches on the UK’s Freeview with new programmes including Sky Arts Late - a late-night discussion show hosted by The Design Museum’s Tim Marlow. Director Philip Edgar-Jones breaks it down for us in The Telegraph.