#PelhamPicks vol 30

Pelham's Art Industry News

Quote of the Week


‘I’m an artist, not a satanist!’


Marina Abramović: talks to The Guardian's Emine Saner ahead of her documentary The Ugly Duckling - which offers a glimpse into the life of the world’s most famous performance artist - airing on BBC One this Sunday.

Media Brief

  Artnet provides insight into the key learnings the major auction houses have garnered during the summer’s hybrid sales. From collaborations with broadcasting TV channels to aggressive expansions into hybrid live-stream auctions, there are plenty of changes still contributing to the digital power surge within the auction industry.
Artsy Reports that Gerhard Richter became the most expensive Western artist to sell at an Asian auction this week, with Abstraktes Bild (649-2) realising US$27.6 million at Sotheby’s live-streamed Hong Kong sale of contemporary art.   
  Nearly 100 artists, writers and curators sign a petition against Philip Guston’s exhibition postponement, published by the Brooklyn Rail who “see an ally in his work, a dedication to craft and self-reflection — but also a model of courage and liberation in the face of oppression, whether in the art world or beyond.”
The Whitney Museum’s 2021 biennial has been postponed until spring 2022. In the meantime, the museum will be focusing on their current exhibitions lineup that have been delayed due to the pandemic.  
For the first time in its 173-year history, RIBA has awarded its gold medal to a black architect – Sir David Adjaye via The Guardian

Digital News

The Frieze Viewing Rooms went live this week, with over 250 galleries participating. Online audience can chat live and privately with galleries, engage with artworks by liking, saving and sharing, browsing by keyword and looking at an artwork to-scale in the space of your home using augmented reality technology.  

Social Media

  Follow the #MuseumPassion hashtag to keep up with the BBC’s latest range of museum-focused programming this month. Some of the key events broadcasted through the #MuseumPassion season include Art Fund Museum of the Year and the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition.

What to see Now

The Art Newspaper shares a comprehensive round-up of Frieze Week's IRL exhibition highlights.   


artnet News editors pick highlights the week ahead including virtual fairs and IRL exhibitions you don't want to miss. 

Listen + Read + Watch + Connect

   CONNECT: Follow @archfordogs for uplifting, sincere and world-class architecture for dogs, including highlights from the Japan House London exhibition which is open until January 2021. 
WATCH: The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia presents the virtual premiere of the documentary Shofuso and Modernism, a companion piece to its exhibition of the same name; now on display at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden located in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park.  
LISTEN: Register for The Art Newspaper Live, a series of webinars throughout October - 'Rethinking the art market in a changing world'.

READ: Frieze week in 2020 "is no time for the crush of an art fair"- Anna Brady delves into the the impact of the pandemic on the art market for Evening Standard.