Art World Series

Don Thompson – The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market

13 November 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Don Thompson, economist and professor of marketing and strategy at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, joins us to discuss his brand new book, The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market. First, Don discusses the significance of Jeff Koons’ Orange Balloon Dog, which appears in the title of his book, and why the sale of it exemplifies some of the key concepts in his book. Then, he discusses the idea of nudging, a behavioral science concept made famous by Richard Thaler, and how it manifests itself in the art market. Also, Don explains why he believes a bubble is brewing in the current contemporary art market. Lastly, Don speaks with us on the significance of the Leonardo da Vinci Salvator Mundi painting upcoming for auction this week in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary sale.


Michael Findlay – Seeing Slowly: Looking at Modern Art

7 November 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Michael Findlay, director at Acquavella Galleries, joins us to discuss his brand new book Seeing Slowly: Looking at Modern Art. First, Michael tells us how he believes people should view art in order to get the best experience. Then, he explains why his advice is just as applicable to those in the art world as those outside of it. Also, Michael discusses how the proliferation of Instagram in the art world has positively and negatively impacted how people consume art. Lastly, Michael reveals how his thoughts on seeing art transfers to collectors who are considering buying an artwork for their collection.


Galerie Perrotin – Valentine Blondel

2 November 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Valentine Blondel, director at Galerie Perrotin. First, Valentine talks about the gallery’s move to the Lower East Side in Manhattan and why they were drawn to that area over other neighborhoods in New York City. Then, she discusses the gallery’s strategy for the Asian art market, which includes spaces in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul. Also, Valentine addresses the gallery’s responsibility when artworks by their artists appear at auction and she offers advice for new collectors on how to build a successful collection.


Helena Real – .ART Registry

20 October 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Helena Real, head of the London office at the .ART Registry, joins us to discuss the new top-level domain created for the art world. First, Helena explains how they got access to the .art domain. Then, she argues why galleries, artists, auction houses, dealers and others in the art industry should switch from using a website ending in .com to .art. Also, Helena shares some metrics regarding how many and which influencers have adopted the .art domain.


Daniel Lever – ArtRunners

4 October 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Daniel Lever, co-founder and CEO of ArtRunners, an online startup focusing on art logistics services, joins us. First, Daniel discusses why the current process of finding art logistics is antiquated and in need of innovation. Then, he tells us about the services ArtRunners provides. Also, Daniel explains why ArtRunners will bring much needed competition between art logistics services.


Francesco Gibbi – Lot Art

18 August 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Francesco Gibbi, founder of Lot-Art, an online portal that aggregates artworks upcoming for auction as well as after-sale opportunities. First, Francesco explains Lot-Art works and how it solves for the dilemma collectors and dealers face when trying to ensure they don’t miss anything they desire upcoming at auction. Then, he shares some interesting art market trends based on aggregated data he has from his users. Also, Francesco shares with us why he doesn’t charge his customers to use his site, but instead is content not profiting off of his platform.


Tim Hunter – Falcon Fine Art

10 August 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast we’re joined by Dr Tim Hunter, vice president of Falcon Fine Art, an art financing firm. First, Tim walks us through how their clients obtain loans against their artworks. Then, he tells us about the type of collectors they target and the common reasons why they need capital from their artworks. Also, Tim explains how Falcon differentiates itself from competing art lenders and speculates on the future of the art financing space.


Francesco Bellanca – Feral Horses

3 August 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Francesco Bellanca, CEO of Feral Horses, a London-based platform that enables the buying and selling of shares of contemporary art. First, Francesco walks us through how the platform works and explains why he believes there is demand for the ability to transact shares of artworks. Then, he explains how they select the artists and artworks to include on the platform. Also, Francesco discusses what kind of returns investors should expect to earn on the platform.


Lisanne Skyler – Brillo Box (3¢ OFF)

20 July 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Lisanne Skyler, writer and director of Brillo Box (3¢ OFF), a documentary film following an Andy Warhol Brillo Box sculpture as it makes its way from her family’s living room to the auction block at Christie’s. The film debuts on HBO on August 7th at 10 PM ET. First, Lisanne shares with us what kind of collectors her parents were to purchase the artwork in 1969 for $1,000 at a time when nearly the entire art world was critical of Warhol’s new sculptures. Then, she tells us how many people foresaw Warhol’s importance and eventual legacy in the 1970’s when her parents sold the artwork. Also, Lisanne reveals why she believes the Brillo Box sculpture is such an important work in not only Warhol’s oeuvre but also in American pop art. Lastly, she recounts her parents’ emotions when they saw the Brillo Box sell at Christie’s for $3 million.


Liviu Tanasoaica & Balint Ferenczy – Vastari

13 July 2017

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Liviu Tanasoaica, traveling exhibitions manager, and Balint Ferenczy, collections specialist, both from Vastari, an online platform focused on connecting collectors and museums curators for exhibitions as well as enabling institutions to collaborate with each other. First, Liviu and Balint explain how Vastari’s platform works for collectors and museum curators. Then, they discuss the different motivations for collectors seeking to include their artworks in museum shows. Also, they explain how difficult it is, without Vastari, for collectors to even connect with museums. Lastly, they share some success stories from their platform.