Katya Kazakina

Katya Kazakina

10 December 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, art market reporter Katya Kazakina joins us to recap this past week’s major contemporary auctions. First, Katya discusses the incredible high prices achieved during the auctions by several younger and mid-career artists and why it has prompted talk of a bubble in the contemporary art market. Then, she touches on museums’ interest in artists of color and female artists and how that is impacting demand for their work on the primary and secondary market. Katya has also been monitoring the significantly high number of deaccessioning occurring at museums during the pandemic and explains why some incidents have been more controversial than others. Finally, as the year is winding down and we look ahead to 2021, Katya gives us a sense of what peoples’ expectations for the art market are moving forward.

Michael Klein – Sotheby’s

1 October 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Michael Klein, head of Sotheby’s Mei Moses, joins us to discuss how the art market is performing during the COVID-19 pandemic according to Sotheby’s Mei Moses index. First, Michael familiarizes us with the history Mei Moses index and explains how it works. Then, he reveals that while total auction sales are down significantly during the pandemic, the art market is actually performing better than it did last year. Michael also explains why the supply of art is down more than demand for art and the ramifications of that in the short-term and long-term. Finally, Michael tells us the truth about the trend of new millennial art collectors.

Ronnie Pirovino and Lindsay Griffith – Christie’s Trespassing

5 August 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Ronnie Pirovino, contemporary art collector, curator, appraiser and recognized as one of the early and most prolific collectors of KAWS’ work and Lindsay Griffith, Head of Department for Prints & Multiples in New York at Christie’s about the intersection between urban art and contemporary art as well as their co-curated upcoming auction Trespassing. First, Ronnie tells us about his collecting background and how he became one of the most widely recognized collectors of KAWS’ work. Then, Lindsay, explains why it is the right time for Christie’s to embrace the urban art collecting category with this sale with Ronnie. Also, Ronnie discusses the significant number of urban art collectors who have expanded their collecting interests to these more mainstream contemporary artists and why this evolution is occurring now. Further, Lindsay, reveals to what extent her regular clients are showing interest in this collecting category. Finally, they share a few of their favorite works in the sale which occurs from August 5-19.

Rachael White – Christie’s

1 July 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast we chat with Rachael White, a specialist at Christie’s and also the Head of their Post-War & Contemporary Morning Sale in New York. Rachel joins us ahead of Christie’s ONE auction taking place on July 10th. First, Rachael discusses how the auction house transitioned from live auctions to online auctions and private sales during the COVID pandemic. Then, she touches on the potential for online auctions in the future when live auctions return on a regular basis. Further, Rachael details the resiliency of the art market and the extent to which it was impacted by the pandemic. Also, Rachael helps us preview Christie’s ONE, including what the auction experience will be like, if the quality of the material was impacted by the pandemic and what are a few of her favorite lots in the sale.

Loring Randolph – Frieze New York

20 May 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Loring Randolph, director of Frieze in New York, joins us to recap this past week’s online version of Frieze New York. First, Loring shares galleries’ reactions when it was announced the fair would shift online. Then, she tells us why the online platform will continue to be utilized by the fair in the future. Also, Lorin reports on the level of sales at this year’s fair. Further, she touches on the artist gender filter, tells us if they will add a feature in the future to enable visitors and galleries to interact during the online fair and provides an update on Frieze London.

Robin Pogrebin – The New York Times

30 April 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Robin Pogrebin, culture report for The New York Times, joins us to discuss how art auction houses are shifting online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. First, Robin provides us with the latest update on when the major May and June auctions will be taking place at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips. Then, she discusses the intricacies of their online platforms and how the auctions may be presented to the public. Also, Robin explains why the biggest concern on the mind of auction house executives and specialists is prospective bidders not being able to preview the artworks in person. Finally, Robin tells us how the pandemic may serve as a catalyst for auction houses to embrace technology moving forward and also how the online auction platforms are attracting a younger generation of collectors.

Pontus Silfverstolpe – Barnebys

27 March 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Pontus Silfverstolpe, Co-Founder of Barnebys, a search engine for art, antiques and collectibles from more than 3,000 auction houses and galleries around the world, joins us to talk about the online art market during the coronavirus pandedmic. First, Pontus discusses how the art world has been able to shift to the online space during the pandemic. Then, he identifies trends regarding which types of galleries and auction houses possess digital strategies necessary to succeed during this time. Also, Pontus tells us how Barnebys is trying to achieve their goal of becoming a search engine for the art marketplace.

Richard Polsky – Richard Polsky Art Authentication

20 March 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Richard Polsky, author, dealer and founder of Richard Polsky Art Authentication joins us to discuss the coronavirus and how it is impacting the art market. First, Richard speaks about the impact the virus has had on the art market, including pushing back the major May auctions. Richard also recalls how the art market responded to the tragic events on 9/11. Then, he identifies some artists he believes are still worth acquiring even during this difficult economic environment. Also, Richard speculates that certain galleries may move to an exclusive online model after they will be forced to not have physical gallery spaces during the next few months due to the virus.

Judd Tully

23 December 2019

In our end of year 2019 episode, Judd Tully, veteran art market reporter and frequent contributor to ARTnews, joins us to recap the art market in 2019. First, Judd identifies some of the top storylines of 2019 for the art market. Then, he reveals who were some of the biggest winners of the year when we think about artists and their markets. Also, he shares what trends in art defined the year. Additionally, Judd tells us his favorite exhibition of 2019. And lastly, Judd gives us a few bold predictions of the art market in 2020.

Nate Freeman – Artnet News

12 December 2019

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Nate Freeman, senior art business reporter for Artnet News, joins us to recap this year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. First, Nate discusses how Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 banana took over the fair and why this fair will forever be known as “Banana Basel”. Then, Nate shares his thoughts on the overall fair and how the strong the art and market was during the week. Also, he identifies artists, besides Cattelan, who had important weeks at the fair. Further, Nate explains how successful the inaugural exhibition was at the new Rubell Family Collection museum.

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