Art World Series

Christina Binkley

6 February 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Christina Binkley, a freelance journalist who writes about the business of culture, joins us to discuss the growing sneaker market and how and why major auction houses are targeting it. First, Christina reveals how big the sneaker market is at the moment and how collectors currently buy and sell sneakers on the primary and secondary market. Then, she identifies some of the most highly coveted brands and shoes on the market. Also, Christina explains why major traditional auction houses are determined to become involved in the sneaker market and to what extent they have participated already. Additionally, she shares how certain fine artists are garnering appeal from sneaker collectors.

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Mike Steib – Artsy

28 January 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Mike Steib, CEO of Artsy, the online platform for collecting and discovering art. Previously CEO of XO Group, the parent company of The Knot, Mike shares with us a few of the most surprising things he discovered about the art market and the online art space. Then, Mike reveals some interesting insights about trends in the marketplace based on the data they have gathered on their platform. Also, he gives his thoughts on Instagram’s role in the art market and if he considers them to be a competitor. Finally, Mike identifies some of the biggest challenges for Artsy and the entire online art space moving forward.

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Deirdra Funcheon

22 January 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by freelance journalist Deirdra Funcheon, who wrote an article in the Washington Post magazine detailing Purvis Young’s career and the conflict surrounding his estate. First, Deirdra introduces us to Purvis’ career and explains why he is considered an outsider artist. Then, she identifies some of the key turning points in his career. Also, Deirdra, details the complexity of the artist’s estate and reveals how his paintings were allocated following his death.

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Mark Rappolt – ArtReview

17 December 2019

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Mark Rappolt, editor-in-chief of ArtReview and ArtReview Asia, joins us to review their recently published Power 100 rankings, listing the year’s most influential people in the contemporary art world. First, Mark tells us about the history of the list and how it is compiled each year. Then, he explains why Glenn Lowry, the director of MoMA, tops the list this in 2019. Also, Mark discusses some of the new entrants on the list as well as some unexpected names, including Banksy. Finally, Mark shares broader trends in the contemporary art world regarding what positions are gaining or losing influence.

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Danny First – The Cabin

11 November 2019

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Danny First, collector, artist and founder of The Cabin, a small exhibition space in his LA backyard, and La Brea Studio Artist Residency, an artist residency program in LA. First, Danny tells us about the process of an artist moving to LA for a month, living and working in the residency studio and ultimately having a show at The Cabin. Then, he discusses the importance and power of Instagram for discovering and connecting with artists to consider for his residency program. Also, Danny shares what motivated him to launch his residency and exhibition space as well as what distinguishes his from others in the art world. Lastly, Danny discusses some of the artists who have participated in his residency and exhibition space, such as Tschabalala Self, Devan Shimoyama and Amoako Boafo.

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Noah Wunsch – Sotheby’s

30 October 2019

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Noah Wunsch, global head of e-commerce at Sotheby’s. First, Noah discusses the importance of brand innovation and how he has worked to bring that to Sotheby’s, a firm that already possesses such a valuable and established brand. Then, he shares how much growth Sotheby’s has had on the e-commerce platform over the past few years. Also, Noah touches on what it was like to incorporate such a large e-commerce platform to such a historic business like Sotheby’s. Then, he identifies the top performing categories on the e-commerce platform and he reveals what he would say to a potential consignor who is reluctant to sell their art in an e-commerce sale.

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Andy Ellis – Art UK

20 October 2019

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Andy Ellis, director of Art UK, joins us to discuss the online home for every public art collection in the UK. First, Andy explains how visitors on the site can explore public art collections in the UK. Then, he shares the mission behind Art UK which is to democratize art so it is accessible to the masses. Also, Andy shares how they are able to catalogue and digitize so many artworks, how they address copyright issues and how Art UK is funded.

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Freya Simms – LAPADA

20 September 2019

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Freya Simms, CEO of LAPADA, joins us to recap last week’s annual LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in London. First, Freya tells us how the fair went and identifies some highlights that were for sale. Then, she gives her thoughts on the state of the broader antiques market and how the market has shifted over the past decade. Also, Freya discusses an interesting trend that has led eco-conscious shoppers to acquiring antiques over new furniture. Finally, Freya reveals how often people actually find hidden antique gems in their attics!

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Anne Rappa – Huntington T. Block

16 September 2019

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Anne Rappa, senior vice president at Huntington T. Block, joins us to answer our questions on art insurance. First, Anne identifies and corrects some of the most common misconceptions about art insurance. Then, she reveals how climate change has impacted art insurance and if there has been a recent uptick in claims as a result of severe weather. Also, Anne explains the difference between blanket and itemized art insurance. Lastly, Anne offers advice to collectors who are trying to make sure they aren’t over or under insured, especially considering the frequent changes in values in the contemporary art market.

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Victoria Stapley-Brown

4 September 2019

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Victoria Stapley-Brown, former deputy museums editor at The Art Newspaper, joins us to discuss the state of museums in the US following the controversy surrounding Warren Kanders’ resignation from the Whitney Museum board. First, Victoria shares if there is any consensus or even guidance regarding what is deemed acceptable sources of funding in 2019 for museums. Then, she touches on the level of nervousness museums are feeling on if these high-profile incidents may discourage philanthropy moving forward. Also, Victoria tells us if she expects the museum industry to make any drastic changes moving forward because of these controversies.

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