Melanie Gerlis – The Art Fair Story: A Rollercoaster Ride

Melanie Gerlis – The Art Fair Story: A Rollercoaster Ride

7 February 2022

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Melanie Gerlis, art market columnist for the Financial Times, about her brand new book, The Art Fair Story: A Rollercoaster Ride. First, Melanie shares the history of when art fairs originated and what was their original purpose. Then, she identifies some of the most pivotal moments in the modern history of art fairs that had a significant impact on the art market. Also, Melanie explains why art fairs today are so polarizing and speculates how long this feeling has persisted. Lastly, she predicts how art fairs may substantially evolve in the next several years.

Anna Brady – The Art Newspaper

20 October 2021

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Anna Brady, art market editor of The Art Newspaper, about the surging prices for emerging art at auction. First, Anna recaps Frieze Art Fair, the first major art fair in London since the pandemic began. Then, she discusses the Hayward Gallery museum exhibition featuring several emerging UK artists who are experiencing significant commercial success. After, Anna rehashes the major contemporary auctions and addresses how galleries, collectors and artists are responding to the extraordinary prices achieved by emerging artists.

Nate Freeman – Vanity Fair

28 September 2021

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Nate Freeman, art columnist at Vanity Fair, chats with us about the latest edition of Art Basel. First, Nate tells us what the mood was like at this year’s fair and explains how it compared to a normal Art Basel. Then, he reveals to what extent American and Asian collectors were missing from the fair and if their absence had a noticeable impact on sales. After, Nate identifies some of the most noteworthy sales and booth presentations this year. Further, he explains how much closer this fair has brought the art world to returning to a normal fair experience. Finally, Nate speculates what the lifting of the travel ban in the US may mean for Art Basel Miami later this year.

 

Eileen Kinsella – Artnet News

17 September 2021

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Eileen Kinsella, senior market reporter for Artnet News, joins us to recap the Armory Show. First, Eileen answers if this past week was the biggest week for the art world in NYC since the pandemic began. Then, she reveals what the international presence was like at the fair. After, Eileen reveals some of the most noteworthy booths and sales. Additionally, she shares what the new venue was like at the Javis Center compared to previous editions at the piers. Lastly, Eileen speculates how close we are to returning to a normal fair experience.

 

Davida Nemeroff and William Hathaway – Night Gallery

8 September 2021

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Davida Nemeroff, owner of Night Gallery, and William Hathaway, partner and sales director at Night Gallery, about a variety of fascinating topics relating to the art world. First, we discuss their opening of a new, larger gallery space and some of the major factors that went into their decision to expand. Then, they identify some of the major ways the art world in Los Angeles has changed over the past few years. Also, reflecting on the pandemic, Davida and William share some of the biggest challenges of this experience and on a more positive note, reveal how it may have helped the industry evolve. Further, they tell us how business is going at the gallery compared to the beginning of the pandemic and even before it. Finally, Davida and William offer advice to younger artists in the early stages of their careers.

Katey Acquaro – Independent Art Fair

3 September 2021

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Katey Acquaro, Independent Art Fair’s head of production & exhibitor resources, about this year’s fair which occurs from September 9th-12th. First, Katey introduces us to the Independent Art Fair, contextualizes how it fits into next week and compares it to the Armory. Then, she explains how similar this year’s experience will be to a normal art fair and what safety measures will be implemented. Also, Katey tells us about the Independent Art Fair’s new venue in lower Manhattan. Additionally, she provides us with insights on what her conversations have been like with galleries leading up to the fair and how many are feeling about participating in their first fair since the pandemic began. Lastly, Katey shares a few presentations she’s most excited about seeing at the fair.

Loring Randolph – Frieze New York

25 April 2021

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Loring Randolph, director of programming at Frieze New York, joins us to preview next week’s Frieze New York art fair, the first major in-person art fair in the US in 2021. First, Loring shares how much deliberation there was as to if the fair would occur in person. Then, she reveals what visitors can expect this year in terms of safety measures for the fair. Also, Loring tells us how different galleries’ attitudes were about participating in the fair. Lastly, Loring previews some of the art that will be on view as well as the accompanying programming for the fair.

 

Rebecca Anne Proctor – Independent Journalist

5 April 2021

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Rebecca Anne Proctor, an independent journalist based in Dubai, to recap this year’s edition of Art Dubai, the first major art fair to occur in person in 2021. First, Rebecca updates us on the current situation in Dubai regarding COVID. Then, she shares her experience of attending Art Dubai in person and reveals the notable differences between this year’s edition and previous ones. Also, Rebecca reveals how safe she and other attendees felt at the fair. Then, she tells us how eager galleries were to participate in the fair. Lastly, Rebecca answers based on her in person experience if she feels more confident that art fairs later this year will occur.

Reena Devi – CoBo Social

29 October 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Reena Devi, arts journalist and critic, joins us to discuss her recent article in CoBo Social about the lack of innovation in the art fair experience. First, Reena recaps the online art fair experience since the pandemic started and details how different fairs are approaching their online platforms. Then, she shares what motivated her to write an article on the lack of evolution of the art fair experience. Also, Reena explains why she believes the online art fairs actually reveal a larger problem pertaining to art fairs. Further, Reena identifies some of the reasons why we haven’t seen major progress in the art fair experience in a long time. Lastly, she looks ahead to the future of art fairs and if she expects more of the same or real innovation.

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.

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