Pelham Picks

An exclusive look at the most illustrious private views for the week ahead

A Still Life by Chardin, an exhibition organised by Maxwell Graham at Lisson Gallery


This group exhibition will present artworks inspired by the style of 18th century French painter Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. With works by contemporary artists Audrey Barker, Hanne Darboven, Moyra Davey and more, the exhibition captures the spirit of quiet humbleness omnipresent in Chardin’s work.

Through his focus on everyday objects and mundanities, Chardin reminds us of the potent unknown. He painted objects such as baskets, breadcrumbs, grapes, glasses of water or teapots, portraying the ordinary life of the everyday. He also had a particular interest for still lives, often at a very small scale.


PV: Thursday 6 July, 6-8PM



Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at Tate Modern


This exhibition is a great way to learn more about the contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history. The show will open on the year 1963, at the height of the Civil Rights movement, when an increasing number of civil rights militants were calling for Black Power, a rallying movement for African-American pride and solidarity.

Many artists at the time responded by confronting and provoking, creating a vibrant visual journey with paintings, murals, collages, photography, innovative clothing designs and sculptures. Some work of art engage with civil rights iconic figures such as Martin Luther King, Angela Davis, Malcolm X, but also Muhammed Ali or Jack Johnson. The variety of artworks reflect the different point of view of artists during these times.


Opening Reception: Tuesday 11 July, 7-9PM



Study Day Intimate Trespass: Hapticality, Waywardness and the Practise of Entanglement at Cecil Sharp House




On the occasion of Arthur Jafa's exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Professor Saidiya Hartman of the Columbia University joins scholars, artists and writers to discuss themes from her landmark text, Scenes of Subjection, including questions of political economy and ecology, race, gender and legal theory.


Talk: Saturday 8 July, 12-5PM