Ronnie Pirovino and Lindsay Griffith – Christie’s Trespassing

Ronnie Pirovino and Lindsay Griffith – Christie’s Trespassing

9 July 2021

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic we’re joined by Ronnie Pirovino, contemporary art collector, curator, appraiser and recognized as one of the early and most prolific collectors of KAWS’ work and Lindsay Griffith, Head of Department for Prints & Multiples in New York at Christie’s, ahead of their co-curated auction Trespassing at Christie’s. First, we ask Lindsay about the intersection between urban and contemporary art as well as last year’s inaugural Trespassing sale. Then, Ronnie shares why they included a select number of NFTs in this year’s auction. Also, Lindsay explains how robust the art market is at this moment and why it is doing so well. Further, Ronnie addresses the significant number of urban art collectors who have expanded their collecting interests to more mainstream contemporary artists and how that trend has continued over the past year. Finally, Ronnie and Lindsay share a few of their favorite artworks in their Trespassing auction which is live now at Christie’s.

 

Cosmin Ene – Contribute.to

11 June 2021

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Cosmin Ene, founder and CEO of Contribute.to, a tool that lets people pay artists, creatives and creators for the work they enjoy seeing online. First, Cosmin tells us how Contribute.to works to help facilitate instant payments online to artists. Then, he shares how he came up with the idea for Contribute.to during the pandemic. Also, Cosmin explains what people are getting in return for contributions to artists. Additionally, Cosmin reveals how social media has transformed how creators are engaging with their audiences. Further, he comments on the increasing trend of crowdsourcing and patronage online. Finally, Cosmin shares some success stories from Contribute.to’s platform.

Barry Avrich – Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art

22 March 2021

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Barry Avrich, producer and director at Melbar Entertainment Group joins us to chat about his new documentary Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art that chronicles the events of the largest art fraud in American history. First, Barry shares a brief recap of the infamous Knoedler Gallery art fraud. Then, he tells us what inspired him to make a documentary about this unprecedented fraud. Also, he reveals how eager Ann Freedman, the former director of Knoedler Gallery, was to participate in the documentary and if Barry believes Ann knew she was selling fake artworks or not. Then Barry explains why the blame seems to fall on Ann, rather than Glafira Rosales, who was selling the fakes to Knoedler Gallery, and the forger, Pei-Shen Qian. Finally, Barry tells us if the art world has changed in any meaningful way as a result of the Knoeder Gallery fraud.

Francesca Bellini-Joseph – ACT Programme

9 March 2021

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Francesca Bellini-Joseph, founder of ACT Programme, an online platform that offers art career transformation programs for the art world. First, we talk to Francesca about her career path and why she eventually established ACT Programme. Then, she explains why artists need to consider themselves entrepreneurs rather than simply artists. Also, Francesca reveals some of the skills that artists are taught in their artist program. Regarding galleries, Francesca highlights certain things that galleries could be doing differently to improve their businesses, which became especially evident during the pandemic. And finally, she identifies some of the different areas Act Programme focuses on in the program they offer galleries.

 

Rachel Bers – The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

21 January 2021

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Rachel Bers, director of the grant making program at The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. First, Rachel shares the history of the foundation and the motivation for Andy Warhol founding it upon his death. Then, she explains the different types of grants the foundation gives to arts organizations. Also, Rachel tells us how the foundation’s granting activities have changed in response to the pandemic.

Zachary Small – The New York Times

8 January 2021

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Zachary Small, contributor at The New York Times, joins us to discuss looming increased regulations in the US antiquities market. First, Zachary tells us about the National Defense Authorization Act passed by US Congress which includes new regulations for the antiquities market. Then, he reveals how much push back there has been from the art trade, who generally prefer a more opaque marketplace. Also, Zachary shares if the extent of illicit sales of antiquities is truly known. Finally, he offers a timeline for when the regulations may be implemented.

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Mary McCauley – The Baltimore Sun

16 November 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Mary McCauley, arts report for The Baltimore Sun, joins us to discuss the Baltimore Museum of Art’s controversial attempt to deaccession three paintings from the museum’s permanent collection. First, Mary tells us about the paintings by Andy Warhol, Brice Marden and Clyfford Still and their history with the museum’s collection. Then, she reveals what the museum’s motivation was to sell the paintings and why they ultimately decided against it. Also, she speculates why the museum received such intense scrutiny while other museums haven’t. Lastly, Mary tells us how the residents of Baltimore felt about the museum’s controversial decision.

Susan J. Mumford – ArtAML

9 November 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Susan J. Mumford, CEO and co-founder of ArtAML, a technology company that provides anti-money laundering checks and expertise for the art market. First, Susan explains what anti-money laundering is and details the new major AML regulation in Europe that is starting to impact the art world. Then, she walk us through how art transactions are changing as a result of the new regulations. Also, Susan explains how ArtAML’s tools make it easier for businesses to comply with AML regulations. Further, Susan tells us about the extent of regulations outside of Europe and art markets in other regions are following certain AML practices.

Reena Devi – CoBo Social

29 October 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Reena Devi, arts journalist and critic, joins us to discuss her recent article in CoBo Social about the lack of innovation in the art fair experience. First, Reena recaps the online art fair experience since the pandemic started and details how different fairs are approaching their online platforms. Then, she shares what motivated her to write an article on the lack of evolution of the art fair experience. Also, Reena explains why she believes the online art fairs actually reveal a larger problem pertaining to art fairs. Further, Reena identifies some of the reasons why we haven’t seen major progress in the art fair experience in a long time. Lastly, she looks ahead to the future of art fairs and if she expects more of the same or real innovation.

Laura Hoptman – The Drawing Center

12 October 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Laura Hoptman, executive director at The Drawing Center, joins us to discuss how she has managed the museum throughout the pandemic. First, Laura introduces us to The Drawing Center, including the museum’s history and mission. Then, she describes what it was like to have the museum close abruptly due to the pandemic and how she managed the museum throughout COVID. Also, Laura explains how the museum was able to continue to interact with visitors despite being physically closed. Further, Laura addresses how The Drawing Center has and is continuing to address the racial inequality discussions that have dominated society. Lastly, Laura previews their current exhibition, 100 Drawings from Now, a large group exhibition featuring drawings available for sale to raise funds for the museum.

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