Rachel Pownall – TEFAF

Rachel Pownall – TEFAF

27 March 2017

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Rachel Pownall, author of the recently released TEFAF Art Market Report, joins us to discuss her findings from her report. First, Rachel discusses the significant shift in sales from auctions to the private market last year and why this occurred. Then, she speculates why the art market has remained stagnant while global equities are surging. Also, Rachel identifies trends over the past year relating to galleries, art fairs and the online art market.

Nate Freeman – ARTnews

7 March 2017

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Nate Freeman, senior staff writer at ARTnews, joins us to recap the The Armory Show which occurred this past weekend in New York City. First, Nate touches on Benjamin Genocchio’s impact on this year’s fair in his first full year as director. Then, he shares his reporting on the evolution of the popular Kusama installation at this year’s fair. Also, Nate discusses the level of sales at this year’s edition of The Armory Show as well as how the market is feeling after the weekend. Lastly, Nate provides us with his thoughts on some of the other fairs taking place this weekend.

Katya Kazakina – Bloomberg News

26 December 2016

In this end of the year episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Katya Kazakina, art market reporter for Bloomberg News, reflects on the major art market events of 2016. First, Katya takes the art market’s contraction (at the auction level in particular) as the major headline of 2016. Next, she identifies Agnes Martin, Yayoi Kusama, Kerry James Marshall, and Harold Ancart as artists who had the best year. Katya also details Instagram’s increasing influence over the past year in terms of how artists are discovered and artworks are sold. Lastly, Katya shares with us how market participants are feeling about the state of the art market as we head into 2017.

Robin Pogrebin

Robin Pogrebin – The New York Times

8 December 2016
In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Robin Pogrebin, culture reporter for The New York Times.

Robin Pogrebin joins us to recap Art Basel Miami Beach. First, Robin discusses how visitors and gallerists felt about the relatively slow pace of the fair this year.  He also identifies some of the reasons why this year wasn’t as expeditious as in the past. Then, she describes the type of artists and artworks that were on display for sale at this year’s fair. Also, Robin touches on the difference between the art world and the art market’s reaction to Trump’s election victory. Lastly, Robin explains the significance of the Rubell collection and the other notable Miami-based private contemporary art collections as tastemakers for the contemporary art world.

Patrick and Shea of Paddle8

Shea Goli and Patrick van der Vorst – Paddle8

29 November 2016

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast Patrick and Shea (Paddle8’s Shea Goli, head of the London contemporary sale, and Patrick van der Vorst, UK CEO).


Patrick and Shea update us on the online auction house.  This following the merger with Auctionata.  They also share news about their first live streaming auctions. First, six months after the announced merger with Auctionata, Patrick and Shea tell us the ways in which Paddle8 has benefited from joining with competitor Auctionata. Then, they highlight areas of strength and weakness in the mid-market, where the majority of the art market operates.

Additionally, with major auction houses recently launching eCommerce platforms, Shea and Patrick reveal Paddle’s pitch to persuade consignors to sell with them. Also, they tell us about their upcoming Paddle8 Pad. The Paddle8 Pad is a set of live streaming auctions and why they decided to pursue the live sales format. Lastly, they highlight some lots from their inaugural live sales.

Judd Tully

Judd Tully – Art + Auction

23 November 2016
In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Judd Tully.

Judd Tully is editor at large of Art + Auction.  He joins us to recap last week’s major post-war and contemporary sales in New York. First, Judd reveals the mood of the art market just ahead of the auctions, following the US election. He compares the mood to the summer auctions that occurred in London shortly after Brexit. Then, he highlights some of the key takeaways from the auction results and what it indicates for the health of the art market. Also, Judd touches on the sustainability of Adrian Ghenie’s incredible market surge as well as why Phillips’ sale last week was a “breakthrough” for the auction house.

Gareth Harris

Gareth Harris – The Art Newspaper

30 October 2016
In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we hear from Gareth Harris.

Gareth Harris is chief contributing editor at The Art Newspaper and contributor to the Financial Times. He recaps the French contemporary art fair FIAC and touches on how Brexit may impact the UK art market. First, Gareth outlines some of the major differences between FIAC, which occurred last week in Paris, and Frieze, which took place the preceding week in London. Also, Gareth observed that many American collectors were missing from this year’s edition of FIAC and he speculates on why that was the case. Then, he summarises how the fair did from a sales perspective. Additionally, Gareth identifies some of the major aspects of the UK art market that may be impacted by Brexit. He also examines if/how participants in the market are preparing in any way for the eventual exit from the EU.

Nicholas Forrest – ARTINFO

13 October 2016

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Nicholas Forrest, Head of Visual Arts at ARTINFO, joins us to recap Frieze Art Fair, which occurred last week in London.

First, Nicholas summarizes the level of sales at this year’s edition of the fair.  Nicholas highlights some of the most notable artworks at Frieze from an aesthetic or price point perspective. Then, he shares some of the most discussed topics of conversation at this year’s fair by insiders. Also he reveals how galleries combat art fair fatigue.  He analyzes the contemporary auctions which occurred during Frieze week.   He explains to what extent the weak Pound impacted sales throughout the week.

Sara Roffino

Sara Roffino – Art + Auction

12 September 2016
Sara Roffino in this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast:

We speak with Sara Roffino, senior editor at Art + Auction magazine. Initially we discuss her latest article, the 25 Most Collectible Conceptual Artists. Sara clarifies for us the definition of conceptual art. Additionally, Sara speculates about why it’s so difficult for collectors to collect and embrace conceptual art, compared to other artistic movements.  Next, Sara identifies a few of the most well-known artists on her list. Furthermore, she also identifies some of the less familiar artists in her article.  Sara reveals to what extent conceptual artists have recently appeared at auction. As well as why they appear in museum shows and in galleries.

Nate Freeman – ARTnews

28 June 2016
In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast we speak with Nate Freeman.

Nate Freeman is senior staff writer at ARTnews. He joins us to discuss how Brexit may impact the art market and to recap Art Basel.

First, Nate shares his thoughts on the extent Brexit may influence the art market in both the short-term and long-term. Then, Nate relays his interactions with several mega-galleries at Art Basel regarding the mood of the art market and how the fair went for them. Also, he identifies some of the most talked about artworks at this year’s fair. Lastly, Nate touches on the presence of 8-figure artworks at Art Basel, the size of this year’s crowd and if younger artists were prominently featured at the fair.