Art World Series

Leanne Kemp – Everledger

12 November 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, first host Adam Green talks about the origins of the ArtTactic Podcast and what motivated him to launch it in 2009. Then, he speaks with Leanne Kemp, founder and CEO of Everledger, a technology company that uses blockchain technology to track the provenance of diamonds and other valuable items. Leanne talks about the history of Everledger and discusses its success bringing a blockchain platform to the diamond industry. Then, she reveals what kind of blockchain services she will offer the art world and how different it is from the diamond industry. Also, Leanne explains what it will take for a blockchain solution to become prolific in the art world. Finally, she shares how a widely used blockchain ecosystem in the art world could benefit the industry.

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Ronnie Pirovino

5 November 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Ronnie Pirovino, who is recognized as one of the most prolific collectors of Kaws’ work, joins us ahead of Heritage Auctions’ The Toy Collection of Ronnie K. Pirovino sale on November 7th, featuring 118 lots containing Kaws toys from Ronnie’s personal collection. First, Ronnie tells us why he started collecting Kaws’ work in the early 2000s, well before there was the hype for his art that we see today. Also, he explains how he amassed such a large collection of works by Kaws during that time, when Kaws was not a part of the gallery system like traditional artists. Then, Ronnie shares what resonated so strongly with him in Kaws’ work and artist statement that motivated him to acquire hundreds of works. Next, Ronnie speaks about what is so special about the Kaws collecting community, which some have compared to a cult, and how he organically became a leader within it who has made himself accessible to others who have questions about the artist’s work. Lastly, Ronnie discusses the issue of the proliferation of bootlegs or fakes and why he wants his sale to be an opportunity for Kaws collectors to acquire works without having to worry about a questionable provenance.

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Bernadine Brocker – Vastari

29 October 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Bernadine Brocker, founder and CEO of Vastari, a company that connects curators, collectors, producers and venues for exhibition loans and tours, joins us to discuss findings from their recently published reports on museum trends in the art world.

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Phil Michaelson – LiveAuctioneers

3 October 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Phil Michaelson, CEO of LiveAuctioneers, joins us to discuss online bidding in the art market. First, Phil discusses LiveAuctioneers’ online bidding platform and how they partner with auction houses to enable bidders to bid live in realtime in sales. Then, he discusses how online bidding as a sales channel is trending compared to absentee bids, telephone bids and in-person bidding. Also, Phil touches on the importance of an auction house’s brand when it comes to instilling confidence in online bidding as well identifying certain art market trends based on their aggregated bidding data.

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Scott Lynn – Masterworks

17 August 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Scott Lynn, founder of Masterworks, a startup that allows investors to buy and trade in shares of artworks. First, as an active collector, Scott tells us what motivated him to launch a company that provides others with the opportunity to have fractional ownership in artworks. Then, he walks us through how Masterworks works, including how they acquire their artworks for the platform and how individuals can purchase and trade shares of an artwork. Also, Scott reveals why they chose artworks by Andy Warhol and Claude Monet as the first two on the platform. Lastly, he discusses his plans to eventually establish a physical gallery where viewers can see the art on the platform in person and have the opportunity to purchase shares of the artwork on the spot.

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Rachel Corbett – Artnet

1 August 2018

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Rachel Corbett, deputy editor at Artnet News, joins us to discuss the alarming trend of decreasing gallery attendance. First, Rachel explains the extent to which visitor attendance is declining at art galleries. Then, she identifies some of the primary reasons why this is occurring. Also, Rachel reveals the measures galleries are taking to reverse this trend. Lastly, she speculates on what the future may look like for brick-and-mortar galleries if this trend continues.

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Jessica Klein – The Outline

17 July 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Jessica Klein, freelance journalist, joins us to discuss her recent article in The Outline on the art world, cryptocurrency and blockchain. First, Jessica identifies a few notable artists currently incorporating blockchain technology and cryptocurrency in their art in different ways, such as Kevin Abosch, Cryptograffiti and Sarah Meyohas. Then, she tells us if there is any crossover between the collectors of this blockchain and cryptocurrency art and more traditional contemporary art. After, Jessica explains how select galleries and auction houses are targeting the newly crypto wealthy. Lastly, she identifies some of the art world startups that are leveraging blockchain technology to try to address provenance issues.

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Patrick van der Vorst – ValueMyStuff

29 June 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Patrick van der Vorst, CEO of ValueMyStuff, an online appraisal company, joins us to update us on the appraisals market. First, Patrick tells us about his experiences at Sotheby’s and what inspired him to found Value My Stuff in 2009. Then, he identifies some of the major changes in the appraisals space since we last had him on the podcast five years ago. Then, Patrick reveals how many of the appraisals generated at ValueMyStuff are by individuals trying to figure out what something is worth versus repeat customers getting updated appraisals because of shifts in the market. Lastly, Patrick shares some of the most fascinating findings from ArtTactic and ValueMyStuff’s recently published Valuations & Appraisals Market Report.

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Bill Charron And Megan Noh – Court of Arbitration for Art

5 June 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Bill Charron, partner at Pryor Cashman, and Megan Noh, partner at Cahill Cossu Noh & Robinson join us to discuss the establishment of the Court of Arbitration for Art, a specialized arbitration and mediation tribunal dedicated to resolving art law disputes. First, Bill shares with us the motivation behind founding the Court of Arbitration for Art and why the existing courts are not an ideal place to solve art disputes. Then, Megan walks us through how the Court of Arbitration for Art will work including the process, who will participate and what happens with the results. Also, they reveal why so many attorneys have responded favorably to the founding of the Court of Arbitration for Art, how they plan to get adoption from the art world and what the next steps look like for launching the court.

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Adam Fields – ARTA

16 May 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Adam Fields, founder and CEO of ARTA, returns to the podcast to update us on the latest in the fine art shipping and logistics marketplace. First, we discuss ARTA receiving investments from notable art companies, including Sotheby’s, and how ARTA has integrated with them. Then, Adam reflects on Frieze and TEFAF and how ARTA assisted exhibiting galleries get their art from their galleries into the booths. Also, he touches on shipping challenges specific to Europe and explains why there is still so much variance with art shipping quotes.

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