#PelhamPicks vol 40

Pelham's Art Industry News

Quote of the Week


"This was a year of protests and pivots."


New York Times’ critics reflect on 'The Most Important Moments in Art in 2020' including best shows, museum retrospectives, monuments and activist organisations. 

Media Brief


Julia Christensen has teamed up with NASA to send her artwork, The Tree of Life, into space. Brian Boucher catches up with the artist for Artnet… “This has been one of the most inspiring and expansive projects of my life.”

During a "disruptive" year in the visual arts, the Financial Times' Jackie Wullschläger discusses some of the highlights of the year, including Riga's RIBOCA2 biennial and Gallery1957's inaugural London solo exhibition of the "chromatically stunning" paintings by Kwesi Botchway.  
  “Lockdowns have accelerated digital strategy, both in terms of marketing and selling online.’’ - Anna Brady of The Art Newspaper speaks to top auctioneers about the Old Master market’s reluctant move into digital sales.
As the year comes to a close, the editors of Artsy list ‘The Most Influential Artists of 2020’, including Zanele Muholi, Frank Bowling and Wendy Red Star.  
  An underwater ‘jellyfish’ roundabout, opening 19 December, is set to become a major tourist attraction in the Faroe Islands - Tim Ecott of The Guardian reports.
Artist Aliza Nisenbaum has used photos and Zoom calls to create portraits of NHS workers for Tate Liverpool, paying tribute to their bravery. See her images here on the BBC News website.  

Digital News

  London's Natural History Museum gets an Amazon-style revamp with the appointment of tech executive turned director Doug Gurr. He discusses how the institution can thrive in a digital world with the Financial Times.

Social Media

In a bid to promote artist-led spaces, young commercial galleries, and other venues supporting emerging artists in London, a new online map called Credit X has launched - reports Gareth Harris of The Art Newspaper.  

What to See Now

  Artnet's editors compile ‘14 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week’, featuring shows, talks and artworks from Haroon Mirza (via Ikon Gallery), Ewa Juszkiewicz and more.


Listen + Read + Watch + Connect


READ“We have to shed the mindset of colonialism and exploitation.” - 28 museum leaders from 14 countries have pondered the role of institutions, how they combat challenging times and the changes that must be made in years to come in The Future of the Museum: 28 Dialogues. Georgina Adam reports in the Financial Times.

WATCH: BBC2 documentary charting the likenesses between Tracy Emin and her hero Edvard Munch, including a peek into Much’s perfectly preserved studio.  
  LISTEN: Soundhouse - a 'platform for creative radio and podcasting, and a space for reflections on audio culture' produced by the Barbican. Delve into the 'listening rooms', curated by audio artists Ariana Martinez, Axel Kacoutié and Arlie Adlington.
CONNECTChristies rounds up the top 100 Instagram Artists with @martinparrstudio@banksy and @amaliaulman topping the list.