#PelhamPicks vol 41

Pelham's Art Industry News

Quote of the Week


"The devil will be in the details."


Experts pour over the UK’s new EU Trade Deal, via Artnet.

 Media Brief - Looking Back


''Art has proved itself to be cathartic, resistant and powerful.’’ After a year of worldwide upheaval and challenge, The Art Newspaper’s Ben Luke celebrates how art has endured rather than become insignificant. 

  Public art took on “a new resonance in many cities” in 2020, Claire Selvin takes us through the defining public artworks of 2020 for ArtNews.
Elephant shares the "Standout Artists of 2020" as nominated by curators including Ikon Gallery's Jonathan Watkins, The Showroom's Elvira Dyangani Ose, the Korean Cultural Centre UK's Jaemin Cha, and artists Polly Morgan and Stacie McCormick.  
  The archive amassed by “punk artist” Barney Bubbles is now owned by the UK. The collections include works by Manet, Rembrandt and Chagall as part of the UK’s cultural gifts acceptance in lieu scheme – Mark Brown for The Guardian.
Helen Holmes recounts the most controversial and ambitious art heists of 2020. - via the Observer.  


Media Brief - Looking Forward


Melanie Gerlis makes her art market predictions for 2021 in the Financial Times – “This will prove more a year of rehabilitation than rip-roaring recovery.”  
  Hettie Judah shares her highlights of “exceptional shows by women artists in Tokyo, Cape Town, Los Angeles and beyond” for Vogue.
Sara Reisman explores issues surrounding accessibility to arts and culture for ARTnews. Take part in the conversation through Access Check’s survey which hopes to better understand the practical implications of organisational practices around accessibility.  
  With the art world undeterred by the challenges posed by the pandemic, Forbes rounds up the “Must-Visit Art Galleries Opening Across The World In 2021”, featuring the international debut of the independent, non-profit HAKANTO CONTEMPORARY in Madagascar.
The Guardian critics reveal their unmissable exhibitions of 2021 across art, architecture and photography.


Digital News


Katy Cowan of Creative Boom predicts the biggest web design trends that will dominate in 2021, with immersive digital experiences topping the list.  

Social Media

  Art dealer and writer Kenny Schachter provides The Art Newspaper with his predictions for the art world and Instagram in 2021.



Listen + Read + Watch + Connect


READ: The new book entitled Astrology, The Library of Esoterica offers a ‘visually lush’ survey of how artists like Joan Miró, Hilma af Klint, Niki de St Phalle, Xul Solar, Betye Saar and many more have represented horoscopes through the ages - Maggie Carrigan reports for The Art Newspaper.
  WATCH: A new reality TV show centred around London’s art scene, The Next Big Thing, will pit young artists against one another in a test to find the next hot-ticket artist. Artnet’s Naomi Rea announces the show will launch in 2021. 
LISTEN: The Financial Times presents Culture Call, where FT editors and special guests discuss life and art in the time of coronavirus.  
  CONNECT: Follow the Black Country Living Museum on TikTok, who were recently voted the most popular museum on the social media platform. Regularly posting viral, imaginative content, the account currently has 370.2k followers - Esther Adley reports in The Guardian. Expect “two mine shafts, a lime kiln and a collection of post-war trolley buses.”


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