Art World Series

Thomas Girst – BMW

25 September 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast we chat with Thomas Girst, global head of BMW Group Cultural Engagement. First, Thomas discusses the history of BMW’s extensive cultural engagement in the visual arts. Then, he shares how BMW Group Cultural Engagement has been impacted by the COVID pandemic. Also, Thomas reveals why we will unfortunately see less support of the visual arts from companies as a result of this crisis. Additionally, Thomas explains how he measures the success of the initiatives he spearheads at BMW. Finally, he offers advice for cultural organizations seeking corporate engagement.

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Evan Beard – Bank of America Private Bank

14 September 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Evan Beard, National Art Service Executive at Bank of America Private Bank, updates us on the art lending space. First, Evan categorizes the different types of lenders in the art financing industry and reveals which bucket Bank of America Private Bank falls in. Then, Evan shares how the COVID-19 pandemic along with the associated economic swings have impacted art lending activities. Also, he explains why art financing is no longer a niche practice within the art world. Lastly, Evan identifies a few key challenges facing the growth of the art lending industry in the medium to long term.

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Tomasz Imieliński and Jean-Paul Engelen – Phillips and Articker

17 August 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Tomasz Imieliński, founder and developer of Articker, a technology that aggregates open-source data on artists and artworks, providing unique insights into emerging market trends, and Jean-Paul Engelen, co-head of 20th Century and Contemporary Art and Global Chairman at Phillips. Last week it was announced that Articker and Phillips have formed an exclusive partnership so we wanted to have them on to chat about the tool and how the auction house plans on utilizing the technology. First, Tomasz tells us about the history Articker and how it works. Then, Jean-Paul shares how the insights Articker offers have helped him and his colleagues, while revealing some real life examples. Also, Tomasz answers if he has measured if there is a correlation between art market trends and the media trends. Lastly, Jean-Paul explains how his clients can take advantage of Articker and how the tool is beneficial to collectors.

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Christian Huhnt – Glass

28 July 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Christian Huhnt, co-founder of Glass, a tool that allows you to instantly look up catalogue raisonné information and the most recent auction results just by texting an image on WhatsApp. First, Christian walks us through the process of how Glass works. Then, he tells us about the robotic machines they use to digitize catalogue raisonnés, page by page. Also, Christian explains why it’s so important as a matter of due diligence for those in the art world to search artworks in catalogue raisonnés before buying or selling an artwork. Lastly, Christian shares exactly what artwork details are revealed in a catalogue raisonné.

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Mike Steib – Artsy

20 July 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Mike Steib, CEO of Artsy, the leading online platform for discovering, buying and selling fine art. First, Mike shares what happened on Artsy’s platform during the pandemic, including how it impacted the behavior of collectors and galleries. Also, he reveals what specific actions the company took to help galleries during this difficult period. Then, Mike tells us what he thought of select galleries, such as David Zwirner Gallery, establishing online platforms that hosted other galleries’ exhibitions. Additionally, he answers if we really witnessed a transformation of the online art space during the pandemic.

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Astrid Hill – Hill Art Foundation

18 June 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we are joined by Astrid Hill, vice president and curator of emerging artists at the Hill Art Foundation. First, Astrid tells us about the history of her family’s collection and what motivated them to establish the foundation in 2019. Then, she shares with us what the foundation been doing while being closed during the COVID pandemic and how the foundation is approaching reopening. Also, she discusses how young collectors are growing the online art marketplace.

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Pari Ehsan – Pari Dust

9 June 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Pari Ehsan, founder and creative director of Pari Dust, an online platform focused on the intersection between art, fashion and design. First, Pari tells us about Pari Dust’s platform and her journey to found the company. Then, she explains why she is focused on art, fashion and design. Also, she shares stories from over the years from her interactions with art galleries, both positive and negative. Finally, Pari offers advice on how to successfully engage with your social media audience.

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Quang Bao – 1969 Gallery

15 May 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Quang Bao, owner of 1969 Gallery, a New York based gallery. First, Quang tells us how the gallery continues to operate despite being physically closed. Then, we ask him about demand for younger, emerging artists during the pandemic. Quang also discusses the role of Instagram in the art market, the economics behind a small gallery and online art exhibitions. Lastly, he shares the gallery’s upcoming exhibition calendar with us.

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Carolyn Ramo – Artadia

8 May 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we are joined by Carolyn Ramo, executive director of Artadia, a non-profit organization that provides grants to visual artists. First, Carolyn tells us about Artadia, its purpose and who decides who receives grants that the organization allocates to artists. Then, she shares from her perspective how artists are being impacted financially, creatively and in other ways by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Also, Carolyn tells us about Artist Relief, which is providing financial assistance to artists impacted financially by the pandemic, and Artadia’s involvement with this effort. Lastly, she instructs how our listeners can contribute to these causes or apply for assistance.

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Friedrich Petzel – Petzel Gallery

21 April 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Friedrich Petzel, founder of Petzel Gallery, to discuss how the gallery is adapting in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. First, Friedrich details the gallery’s digital strategy and how important it is during this time when the physical gallery is closed. Then, he shares to what extent the pandemic has slowed sales. Also, Friedrich reveals if previous experiences have any similarity to the current pandemic’s impact on the art world. Further, he tells us what his conversations have been like with the gallery’s artists and when he tentatively plans on reopening.

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