#PelhamPicks vol 38

Pelham's Art Industry News

Quote of the Week


"Impelled and accelerated change at every level..."


ArtReview discussing the impact of Black Lives Matter. The activist movement topped their annual Power 100 list.

Media Brief


'It was Modernism, though, which excelled in sheltered spaces — we just never appreciated it properly.' The Financial Times’ Edwin Heathcoate considers the importance of outdoor spaces, whilst we look for shelter during stormy times.

The Louvre is auctioning the opportunity for a member of the public to see the Mona Lisa up-close when it is removed for inspection, hoping to raise much needed funds for the museum via The Times  
  As Art Basel opens their OVR: Miami Beach this week, the Pérez Art Museum Miami’s director Franklin Sirmans reflects on his first ever Miami Basel fair. Meanwhile, read up on this year’s top ten works with historical significance, including a unique Frank Stella showing at Figure/Field Edward Tyler Nahem.
ARTnews draws up a list of ‘Deciders’ that shape the art world including key players leading museums, galleries, non-profits, auction houses and even publishing companies, as well as its Top 200 Collectors.  
  The Smithsonian Archives of American Art gathers an Oral History of 2020, including artists such as Mark Bradford, Ed Bereal and Sheila Hicks, reports the New York Times. The archive strives to preserve ‘this moment of pandemic and protest for the future’.
The Times’s Lucinda Elliot reports the discovery of prehistoric rock art painted by some of the first humans to reach the Amazon. Hailed as the “Sistine Chapel” of the ancients, the drawings cover nearly 8 miles of cliff face and are thought to be 12,500 years old.  


 Digital News

  Acute Art has transformed London into an augmented reality exhibition. Arranged as a walking tour, ‘Unreal City’ allows viewers to see artworks at 24 locations through the Acute Art App – reports Harriet Lloyd Smith for Wallpaper*.


 Social Media

 Hiscox/ArtTactic's latest Online Art Trade report was released this week. The Art Newspaper rounds up the findings, which highlight that online auction buying has tripled and Instagram is the preferred platform for researching new artist  


 What To See Now

   Tabish Khan at FAD Magazine rounds up his top London exhibitions to see now that the city’s lockdown has lifted.
 Daisy Woodward rounds up ‘great things to do before the year is out’ including Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at Tate Britain, Collective Reflections: Contemporary African and Diasporic Expressions of a New Vanguard at Gallery 1957, Ghana and Alex Prager at LACMA - for AnOther.  

 Listen + Read + Watch + Connect

   LISTEN: CULTURED magazine - launch their new “points of view” podcast with model Paloma Elesser. Each month they’ll be profiling one of the world’s most interesting creatives to ask: How did they get their start? What inspires them? What does the future look like through their eyes? 
 READ: If you are missing getting up close and personal with artworks, The New York Times’ art critics pick the best art books of 2020.  
   WATCH‘Museums are eminently qualified to address the climate crisis’ - Robert R. Janes, Founder and Co-Chair Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice discusses the role and responsibilities of museums in addressing the climate crisis at Ontario Museum Association Keynote Address.
CONNECT: Follow @artsofhindostan - making the art history of South Asia accessible to people around the world – ‘changing the way we look at our cultural history’ as reported in AD.