Art World Series

Gareth Harris – The Art Newspaper

24 April 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Gareth Harris, chief contributing editor at The Art Newspaper and contributor to the Financial Times, joins us to breakdown Damien Hirst’s Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable exhibition in Venice, his first major show in ten years. First, Gareth retells his initial reaction to the show while walking through the exhibition during the press preview. Then, he explains what he meant when he wrote, “this is what art looks like when unbridled ambition meets apparently limitless financial resources.” Also, Gareth speculates why the show has been so polarizing, how galleries and museums are responding to the show and how this may impact Hirst’s declining market.


Tom Toumazis – Tagsmart

3 April 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Tom Toumazis, investor and chairman of Tagsmart, an art startup providing technologically advanced art authentication solutions. First, Tom explains their DNA tagging technology and how it works. Then, he argues why it’s so important in today’s art market to have technologies like Tagsmart to authenticate artworks. Also, Tom walks us through the lifecycle of an artwork from the artist creating it to a collector buying it and how their tags may be utilized. Lastly, Tom touches on how they have persuaded prominent artists such as Marc Quinn to embrace their technology.


Karline Moeller and Josie Hines – Art Frankly

22 March 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Karline Moeller and Josie Hines, co-founders of Art Frankly, a startup professional networking platform for the art world. As a hybrid between IMDB and LinkedIn, Karline and Josie first share with us some of the main features on the platform, such as job listings, connecting with others in the industry and space rentals. Then, they discuss the extent of the void that exists in the art world today in terms of individuals being unable to connect with others. Also, Karline and Josie explain how younger entrants in the industry as well as veterans are engaging with the platform and how employers are responding to the idea of utilizing Art Frankly to find applicants for job openings.

Ari Grazi

Ari Grazi – Indiewalls

7 November 2016
In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Ari Grazi, president and co-founder of Indiewalls.

Indiewalls is an online art platform created to connect designers, interior decorators and businesses with artists. Ari Grazi joins us to discuss the commercial art space. First, Ari explains how Indiewalls is different than so many other art eCommerce websites. It focuses on corporate clients seeking art for commercial spaces, rather than individual collectors. Then, he reveals to what extent owners of commercial property, such as hotels, are concerned with the art that hangs on their walls. This, from both an aesthetic and cost perspective. Also, Ari tell us how much competition there is in this unique area of the art market. He identifies the types of artists who submit artworks on his platform and he shares some metrics on the company’s recent performance.

Mark Rappolt

Mark Rappolt – ArtReview

26 October 2016
Mark Rappolt, editor-in-chief of ArtReview, joins us to discuss their annual Power 100.

Mark Rappolt explains how the annual ranking presents this year’s most influential people in the contemporary art world. The ranking started in 2002. The first edition ranked Charles Saatchi and Francois Pinault in the top two positions. In this interview, Mark reveals why Hans Ulrich Obrist was awarded  the top spot in 2016. He also discusses what story this year’s list reveals; in terms of where the most influence currently lies in the art world. Finally, Mark identifies which individuals experienced the greatest rise in the rankings from last year. He touches on some of the geographical trends in the rankings over the past few years.

Anders Petterson

Anders Petterson – ArtTactic

31 August 2016
In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast

Anders Petterson, founder of ArtTactic, joins us to discuss ArtTactic’s upcoming seminar. “How to Research Your Art Business Idea”. This is a 3-evening course occurring from September 12-14 in London.  Considering that we interview so many art entrepreneurs on the podcast, we thought you would enjoy hearing a preview of our seminar.  The course focuses on assisting art entrepreneurs with their business ideas.  First, Anders explains why ArtTactic is hosting the seminar at this time.  He cites the many ways in which the art industry is changing.  This includes the increasing entrepreneurship outside of the transaction based business models.  The increase in the industry’s size is addressed.  Equally the maturation of art as an asset class and the increasing development of technology, social media and e-commerce are addressed.  Then, Anders details what the course aims to achieve.   He also addresses what an aspiring or existing art entrepreneur can learn over the three evenings.


We have recently launched an online course based on this seminar series.


Matthias Dorner – Wydr

2 August 2016
In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast

We’re here with Matthias Dorner.  

Matthias is founder of Wydr, which is a new start-up considered to be Tinder for the art world. First, Matthias walks us through how someone uses Wydr.   He then explains how similar the app is is to Tinder.

Then, Matthias argues for viewing art one work at a time using a swiping motion.  This he explains is preferable over the traditional way of viewing artwork online, many thumbnails at a time. Also, Matthias shares his thoughts regarding to what extent he believes the art world will eventually adopt this format of viewing artworks.

Lastly, Matthias explains why Wydr is so appealing to millennials and also what type of artists are choosing to feature their artwork on the app.


Max Fishko – Seattle Art Fair

26 July 2016
In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast

Max Fishko is director of the Seattle Art Fair.  He joins us to preview this year’s edition of the fair.  August 4th-7th.

First, Max describes the Seattle art scene to us as well as the collecting community there. Then, he reveals Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s motivation for establishing the Seattle Art Fair last year and his involvement in the fair.

Max shares his thoughts on the different ways in which galleries are attempting to pursue emerging collectors from the technology industry. Lastly, Max previews this year’s edition of the fair and the week in Seattle.

Ayal Brenner

Ayal Brenner – Artist Pension Trust

18 July 2016
In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re here with Ayal Brenner.

Ayal Brenner is founding member and director of Artist Pension Trust. Ayal discusses the trust’s first distribution since its establishment in 2004.

First, Ayal explains the concept of Artist Pension Trust as a risk diversification tool to provide more secure income to artists. Then, Ayal identifies some of the most prominent artists who participate in Artist Pension Trust. These include Rashid Johnson, Ivan Navarro and three Turner Prize winners. Also, he reveals the strategy and process regarding selling artworks from the trust. He covers how the money generated from these sales is distributed to the artists in the trust. Lastly, Ayal discusses why this financial structure is so appealing to artists and what kind of artists are benefitting the most from this.

Jean-Baptiste Fabre

Jean-Baptiste Fabre – Auction After Sale

8 June 2016
In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Jean-Baptiste Fabre.  

Jean-Baptiste Fabre is founder of Auction After Sale, an online platform addressing artworks unsold at auction. First, Jean-Baptiste reveals the difficulties established auctions houses have in managing unsold lots. Then, he walks us through Auction After Sale’s platform and explains how a visitor can make an offer on an unsold lot.

Also, Jean-Baptiste shares how he approached auction houses regarding his business; talking about how they initially reacted to his proposal. Lastly, Jean-Baptiste tells us how much an artwork burned at auction impacts its value.