Yan Walther – Fine Arts Expert Institute

Yan Walther – Fine Arts Expert Institute

26 October 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic, we’re joined by Yan Walther, executive director of Fine Arts Expert Institute, based in the Geneva Freeport specializing in the scientific study of artworks. First, Yan explains the technology behind some of the services FAEI offers such as scientific imaging and dating of materials for artworks. Then, he discusses why previously such technologies have been primarily utilized by larger institutions such as museums but have not been available to collectors or galleries. Lastly, Yan elaborates on why FAEI is based in the Geneva Freeport and how beneficial it is to his business.


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Mark Rappolt – ArtReview

23 October 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Mark Rappolt, editor of the international contemporary art magazine ArtReview, joins us to discuss the release of his magazine’s annual Power 100, a ranking of the top 100 most powerful figures in the contemporary art world. First, Mark reveals to us how his magazine goes about compiling the hotly debated list, which includes input from around the world. Then, he explains the magazine’s choice to select Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of DOCUMENTA, with the #1 spot on their rankings. Also, Mark talks about the growth of the art market and how that has changed the types of art world positions that most commonly appear on his rankings.

Howard Rachofsky – TWO x TWO

18 October 2012

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, prominent contemporary art collector, Howard Rachofsky, joins the podcast to share his thoughts on the health of the contemporary art market. First, Howard breaks down the strength of the current market by both price level and artist type. Then, he shares his philosophy on building an art collection and specifically why owning only masterpieces doesn’t constitute a true collection. Also, Howard discusses the extent in which present economic conditions are impacting collectors’ buying activities. Lastly, Howard talks about his annual charitable gala and art auction, TWO x TWO.

Chris Allen & Filippo Guerrini-Maraldi – R K Harrison

9 October 2012

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Chris Allen, Executive Director of Professional Risks, and Filippo Guerrini-Maraldi, Executive Director of the Fine Art Team, both from RK Harrison. First, they discuss their brand new professional indemnity insurance policy for art dealers as well as some of the different costs it could potentially cover for an art dealer. Then, Chris and Filippo detail how the product works step-by-step, if a dealer is sued.  Lastly, they talk about why the art world has become such a litigious environment and consequently why they have developed this unique insurance product.

Sophie Macpherson – Sophie Macpherson Ltd

26 September 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Sophie Macpherson, founder of Sophie Macpherson Ltd, the leading recruitment agency for jobs in the global art market. First, while the art market has recovered substantially since the downturn in 2008 and 2009, Sophie addresses if the art jobs market has rebounded in similar fashion. Then, she offers a plethora of advice to prospective new comers who are interested in pursuing a career in the art world. Lastly, Sophie identifies recent developments in the art world that have led to the creation of new job opportunities.


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Boris Pevzner – Collectrium

13 September 2012

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Boris Pevzner, founder of Collectrium, the #1 Cloud-Based Art Inventory Management Platform in the art world, joins us to talk about his company. First, Boris talks about his inventory management platform and how galleries, collectors and fairs uniquely utilize his services. Then, he addresses why cloud-based systems are so advantageous, especially within the art world. Also, given his knowledge of art and technology, Boris breaks down the online art marketplace and where in the art market he believes certain companies can find success.

Ezra Konvitz – ArtStack

5 September 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Ezra Konvitz, co-founder of ArtStack, a site which allows users to discover and share art amongst each other, joins us to talk about his new social platform. First, Ezra explains in detail how users can go about sharing their favorite artworks as well as following different users on the site to discover new artworks or artists. Then, Ezra shares his thoughts on why, previous to ArtStack, the art world lacked the presence of an online social network. He also addresses the diverse community of members on the site and how having users from all different aspects of the art world has enhanced the overall community.  Presently, ArtStack is an invitation-only site, however ArtTactic Podcast listeners can sign up for ArtStack by clicking here: http://bit.ly/SiAlS1.

Spencer Hyman – Artfinder

5 August 2012

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Spencer Hyman, founder and CEO of Artfinder, the world’s largest online art catalogue. First, Spencer familiarizes us with Artfinder and details the different services his online company provides its users. Having worked at Amazon and Last.fm, Spencer has been a part of two different transformations that changed how books and music were consumed online. Given these experiences, we asked him what is it about the art world that makes him feel a similar online metamorphisis is possible. Also, Spencer shares his thoughts on why online art sales haven’t taken off thus far and if there is potential for it too going forward.

David Arendt – Natural Le Coultre SA

29 June 2012

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, David Arendt, General Manager of Natural Le Coultre SA, joins us to talk about the future Luxembourg Freeport which is expected to be complete in 2014. First, David analyzes the tax benefits of storing artwork and other goods within a freeport. Then, he walks us through a hypothetical scenario describing the process in which a dealer brings a work into the freeport, sells the work within the freeport and the new owner of the work leaves with the artwork. Additionally, David discusses the important of the freeport being located within the airport, while also detailing the different services offered within the freeport. Lastly, David describes the Luxembourg government’s role throughout the development of the freeport.

Judd Tully – Art + Auction

21 June 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Judd Tully, Editor at large of Art + Auction magazine, returns to the podcast to recap this year’s edition of Art Basel. With the global markets on edge throughout the duration of the fair, Judd shares with us to what extent collectors and dealers at the fair believe this economic uncertainty will impact the art market. Then, Judd compares the present contemporary art market to the marketplace just before the last market downturn. Also, he touches on pricing and aesthetic trends at this year’s fair.