Devang Thakkar – Christie’s Ventures

Devang Thakkar – Christie’s Ventures

13 September 2022

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Devang Thakkar, Head of Christie’s Ventures, about their new area of the business, Christie’s Ventures. First, Devang explains what Christie’s Ventures is and what motivated the auction house to want to establish a venture capital branch. Then, he describes Christie’s mindset now regarding exploring different types of opportunities and investments even in this uncertain economic climate. After, Devang shares how Christie’s can leverage its experience, expertise and brand in the art market so their investments are more than purely financial. Also, he identifies some areas of how NFTs are collected that can be improved so it can mature as a collectible. Lastly, Devang share details about Christie’s Ventures’ first investment.

Rebecca Fine – Athena Art Finance x Yieldstreet

20 July 2022

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Rebecca Fine, Managing Director at Athena Art Finance x Yieldstreet. First, Rebecca tells us about Athena Art Finance and Yieldstreet and how art fits into their offerings. Then she shares more about their art funds including how they build a portfolio of art. Also, Rebecca reveals who is the typical type of investor attracted to art funds, whether it is existing art collectors or those without exposure to the art market. Additionally, she clarifies how the inflationary, bull market of the past two years has changed art funds’ appeal to prospective investors, she compares their products to Masterworks and she gives her forecasts on the art market in the short and medium term.

Christine Bourron – Pi-ex

30 August 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Christine Bourron, CEO of Pi-eX, a firm that offers financial instruments based on art in the art market. First, Christine introduces us to contract on future sales, a product that enables sellers to pre-sell a percentage of their artwork to investors in advance of their artwork heading to auction. Then, Christine argues why this is a superior product to traditional third party guarantees offered by auction houses. Also, she explains why investors interested in this product won’t be limited to art world insiders.

Serge Tiroche – Art Vantage

14 March 2017

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Serge Tiroche, co-founder of Art Vantage, an art investment fund focused on contemporary art from emerging art markets, joins us to update us on his fund. First, Serge details the performance of his fund, which launched in 2011. Then, he reveals how the development of several emerging art markets has impacted his ability to opportunistically acquire artworks from these markets. Also, Serge shares some lessons he has learned from being one of the few successful art investment fund managers. Lastly, Serge speculates on the future of the niche art investment fund space.

Javier Lambreras

Javier Lumbreras – Artemundi

13 January 2017
In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Javier Lumbreras, CEO of Artemundi Management Limited, joins us to talk about his recently closed art investment fund.

Javier Lumbreras also talks about the art fund industry. First, Javier reflects on his first fund and shares with us his five golden rules for managing a successful art investment fund, a rarity in the art world. 

Then, Javier identifies some of the challenges and obstacles he faced when launching and managing the fund that he didn’t foresee.  Also, he speculates as to why more art funds haven’t successfully launched in the art world given its appeal as an alternative asset.  Lastly, given the art market and macroeconomy has changed over the past five years, Javier details to what extent he will modify his strategy and approach for his second fund.

Madelaine D’Angelo – Arthena

20 August 2015

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Madelaine D’Angelo, founder of Arthena, joins us to talk about their new equity crowdfunding platform that gives individuals access to invest in artworks. First, Madelaine explains how Arthena differs from traditional art funds, in large part due to its crowdfunding component, which requires a minimum investment into the fund of only $10,000. Then, she speculates why the art fund industry hasn’t taken off, despite the significant overall growth of the art market. Also, Madelaine describes the type of investors they are targeting, specifically individuals who have an interest in the art market but aren’t established collectors. Lastly, she clarifies the differences in the types of collections they offer in which individuals can invest.

Melanie Gerlis – The Art Newspaper

14 January 2014

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Melanie Gerlis, art market editor for The Art Newspaper, returns to the podcast to discuss her newly released book, Art as an Investment? A Survey of Comparative Assets. First, Melanie explains how she examines the concept of art as an investment by comparing it to six other assets, including: gold, equities, wine, private equity, property and the luxury goods industry. On the podcast, she reveals which of the six assets was most similar to art and which was the most different. Ultimately, Melanie concludes that art comes up a bit short as an asset compared to other assets and breaks down for us why that is the case. Finally, she touches on the art investment fund industry, explaining why the niche industry has remained stagnant despite increasing prices in the art market over the past few years.

Sandy Kemper – The Collectors Fund

18 October 2013

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Sandy Kemper, founder of The Collectors Fund, returns to update us on his art investment fund. First, Sandy tells us since its inception in 2007, the fund has returned 12.6% IRR per year on the assets they’ve sold thus far. Then, as someone who actively trades artworks for his fund, he shares his unique perspective on the current state of the art market as well as if he has any concerns moving forward. Also, Sandy explains what strategies he embraces when acquiring works for the fund and then later on when and through what medium he sells works. Lastly, Sandy speculates why the art investment fund industry has remained relatively stagnant despite the art market growing substantially over the past five years.

Michael Moses – Beautiful Asset Advisors

3 October 2013

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Professor Michael Moses, co-founder of Beautiful Asset Advisors and the Mei Moses Index, returns to the podcast to update us on the state of the art market as we head into autumn. First, Michael touches on the flat performance of the overall art market through the first half of the year, despite attention grabbing, trophy piece headlines throughout the media. While the overall Mei Moses Index is down for the year, Post-War & Contemporary and Asian Art, continue to perform well, up 8% on the year. Also, he details recent trends in the American Paintings and Asian Art segments, while offering insight on why he expects each of their markets to grow in the near-future. Lastly, Michael speculates why Sotheby’s share price has risen over 40% this year, while his index remains relatively flat.

Moti Shniberg – Artist Pension Trust

10 August 2013

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Moti Shniberg, co-founder and chairman of the Artist Pension Trust, joins us to discuss the news that the trust will shortly begin selling some of their artworks for the first time. Moti provides us with details as to how the selling will occur as well as the motivation behind deciding to initiate letting go of some of the works in the trust. Also, he dissects the current environment in the art world that makes it so challenging for artists to realize long-term financial security.