#PelhamPicks vol 36

Pelham's art industry news

Quote of the Week


"Wanted: art lover with deep pockets and a high ceiling."


James Barron ponders potential collectors for a Marc Chagall stage curtain. The unique, 65ft high piece was painted for The Magic Flute at New York's Metropolitan Opera in the 1960s, and is being sold at Bonhams this week - via The New York Times.

 Media Brief


Lithuania’s Golden Lion award-winning pavilion from the Venice Biennale is coming to an abandoned swimming pool at a former coal-plant-turned-art centre in East Germany, reports Sarah Cascone of ArtNet.

  ‘‘The most comprehensive display in the world of Benin Bronzes’’ - Architect David Adjaye gives The Art Newspaper’s Martin Bailey a first look at the new Edo Museum of West African Art.
The New York Times’ art critic Roberta Smith guides readers through the standout pieces of MoMA’s recent rehang.  
  Jeremy Deller baubles, Idris Khan facemasks and a letter from Grayson Perry: Rosanna Dodds finds 10 autumn arts initiatives in aid of a charitable cause - via the Financial Times.

Digital News

‘‘Technology and social media can help by bringing people together to assist the search'' - Samsung launch an online exhibition of 12 of the world's most valuable missing paintings, reports Kabir Jhala of The Art Newspaper.  
Twitter has launched a new feature which allows users to post disappearing tweets or "fleets", as reported in The Guardian

Social Media

In a bid to help artists sell moderately priced works throughout the pandemic, painter Matthew Burrows has launched the Instagram initiative Artist Support Pledge – via The New York Times  

What to see Now

  Manifesta-13 Marseille, the ‘nomadic art biennale’, remains open until 26 November. Art Review shares its highlights, including a link to virtual viewings and events.

Listen + Read + Watch + Connect

READ: While England continues to be in lockdown, catch up on the week’s arts news from The Guardian’s Jonathan Jones.  
  LISTEN: Join The Watermill Center’s Artists-in-Residence - Tahir Carl Karmali, Paige Mazurek, Zeinab Shahidi Marnani, Regina Parra and Claire Watson – as they give unique insight into their processes and latest work.
WATCH: Artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen edited Sunday’s Observer New Review. See the first episode of his new BBC One series Small Axe - celebrating black resilience and triumph - on iPlayer now.  
  SUPPORTShow Love for The Showroom - a digital fundraiser to help sustain The Showroom’s vital work in bringing together projects around art, education and social justice.
CONNECT: Follow WSJ.Magazine on Youtube and get inspired by watching highlights from their 10th Annual Innovator Awards, featuring their 2020 Art Innovator Titus Kaphar.