US & European Art Market Series

Kenny Schachter

10 May 2014

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, art dealer, writer and curator, Kenny Schachter, returns to the podcast to discuss the current state of the booming contemporary art market as well as preview the upcoming post-war & contemporary auctions next week in New York. First, Kenny explains that the contemporary art market is as strong as it has ever been largely due to the widening global reach of the market. Then, he tells us why he’s eagerly looking forward to seeing how Wade Guyton’s artworks perform in next week’s auctions in New York. Also, Kenny provides us with his thoughts on the young generation of artists who have experienced significant price escalations recently and why this phenomenon has reached an unprecedented territory. Lastly, Kenny describes how the contemporary art market has morphed into several micro-markets, some of which will succumb to an eventual market downturn, while others will be less impacted by one.

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Georgina Adam – The Art Newspaper

20 February 2014

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Georgina Adam, editor-at-large of the Art Newspaper and columnist at the Financial Times and BBC.com, returns to the podcast to recap last week’s Post-War & Contemporary auctions in London. First, after strong Impressionist & Modern sales the previous week, Georgina tells us if the Post-War & Contemporary auctions performed up to the market’s high expectations. Then, she addresses the “rising stars” of the art market, identifying some of the most noteworthy young artists and how their respective markets held up throughotu the week. Georgina also addresses the increasing negative sentiment persisting in the art market in regard to these art market darlings as well as if a consensus exists in regard to determining which ones will ultimately have staying power in the art world.

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Katya Kazakina – Bloomberg News

30 December 2013

In our final episode of the ArtTactic Podcast in 2013, Katya Kazakina, art market reporter for Bloomberg News, joins us to recap Art Basel Miami as well as review some of the major components of the art market over the past year. First, Katya discusses the mood of the crowd in Miami and also how the primary market performed for emerging artists showcased at satelite fairs throughout the city. Then, she identifies the key storyline in the art market in 2013, the phenomenal performance of the top-end of the post-war and contemporary sector as well as identifying Oscar Murillo as the biggest winner from an artist market perspective. Lastly, Katya previews the art market in 2014, sharing with us some of key areas of the market she will be focused on in the new year.

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Judd Tully – Art+Auction

25 November 2013

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Judd Tully, editor at large of Art+Auction Magazine, joins us to recap the Post-War and Contemporary November New York auctions. The sales featured several record-breaking trophy pieces, but with such a small percentage of the art world participating at these price levels, Judd tells us what these high prices reveal about the art market. Then, he touches on the recent trend of very young artists selling well at auction, telling us if this pattern has occurred in previous strong periods in the art market and how market participants are reacting to this trend. Lastly, Judd speculates if the high prices achieved at auction will motivate collectors to sell at Art Basel Miami next month.

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Melanie Gerlis – The Art Newspaper

4 November 2013

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Melanie Gerlis, art market editor of The Art Newspaper, returns to recap this year’s Frieze Art Fair as well as the October contemporary auctions in London. As Frieze week continues to grow each year with additional events, Melanie tells us what it’s like to attend several functions and ultimately if Frieze week has grown too large. Then, she dissects this year’s Frieze Art Fair and identifies some of the noticable differences from a year ago. One of the biggest topics presently being discussed is the recent acceleration of several young artists’ markets and Melanie explains if this is a good or bad thing for the health of the art market. She also recaps the October sales, while claiming that most are looking forward to November to assess the sentiment of the marketplace.

 

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Michael Moses – Beautiful Asset Advisors

3 October 2013

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Professor Michael Moses, co-founder of Beautiful Asset Advisors and the Mei Moses Index, returns to the podcast to update us on the state of the art market as we head into autumn. First, Michael touches on the flat performance of the overall art market through the first half of the year, despite attention grabbing, trophy piece headlines throughout the media. While the overall Mei Moses Index is down for the year, Post-War & Contemporary and Asian Art, continue to perform well, up 8% on the year. Also, he details recent trends in the American Paintings and Asian Art segments, while offering insight on why he expects each of their markets to grow in the near-future. Lastly, Michael speculates why Sotheby’s share price has risen over 40% this year, while his index remains relatively flat.

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Michael Moses – Beautiful Asset Advisors

3 October 2013

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Professor Michael Moses, co-founder of Beautiful Asset Advisors and the Mei Moses Index, returns to the podcast to update us on the state of the art market as we head into autumn. First, Michael touches on the flat performance of the overall art market through the first half of the year, despite attention grabbing, trophy piece headlines throughout the media. While the overall Mei Moses Index is down for the year, Post-War & Contemporary and Asian Art, continue to perform well, up 8% on the year. Also, he details recent trends in the American Paintings and Asian Art segments, while offering insight on why he expects each of their markets to grow in the near-future. Lastly, Michael speculates why Sotheby’s share price has risen over 40% this year, while his index remains relatively flat.

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Scott Reyburn – Bloomberg News

4 July 2013

In this week’s ArtTactic Podcast, we’re here with Scott Reyburn, art market correspondent for Bloomberg News, to recap last week’s Post-War & Contemporary auctions in London. With last week’s evening sales producing a total 30% less than the same sales a year ago, Scott discusses to what extent this was due to a fall in the strength of the market versus a lack of supply of blue-chip artworks on the auction block. Then, he addresses the topic of art market fatigue, one that has been written about frequently over the past few weeks.  Scott tells us if it’s a real phenomenon, if it’s a bad thing and if market participants have conversed with him about potentially changing things in the future to avoid this sensation. Lastly, Scott reveals if we are still seeing increasing participation in major Post-War & Contemporary auctions from non-US and European collectors.

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Kelly Crow – Wall Street Journal

25 May 2013

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Kelly Crow, art market reporter for The Wall Street Journal, joins us to recap last week’s Post-War & Contemporary auctions in New York. First, Kelly shares the market’s reaction to the incredible prices achieved at the auctions and if the art world is confident that these price levels can continue to be seen in the near-future. Then, she addresses the unprecedented prices earned by several up-and-coming artists at Christie’s 11th Hour charity auction and if these artists’ markets should be re-calibrated to reflect these new record prices. Lastly, Kelly touches on the maturation of the Basquiat market and if the market has come to a consensus on his art historical relevance and consequently going forward his market will remain at these elevated price levels.

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Georgina Adam – The Art Newspaper

20 February 2013

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Georgina Adam, editor-at-large of the Art Newspaper and columinst at the Financial Times, joins us to recap last week’s Post-War and Contemporary Auctions. First, Georgina shares the market’s reaction to the performance of the auctions as well as the most surprising aspects of the sale. She also touches on the plethora of young artist records, the idea of art as an alternative asset and how looming tax increases on the rich may diminish the demand for high-priced artworks.

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