Art Fairs

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.


Max Fishko – Seattle Art Fair

26 July 2016
In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast

Max Fishko is director of the Seattle Art Fair.  He joins us to preview this year’s edition of the fair.  August 4th-7th.

First, Max describes the Seattle art scene to us as well as the collecting community there. Then, he reveals Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s motivation for establishing the Seattle Art Fair last year and his involvement in the fair.

Max shares his thoughts on the different ways in which galleries are attempting to pursue emerging collectors from the technology industry. Lastly, Max previews this year’s edition of the fair and the week in Seattle.


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.

Brenda Valansi

Brenda Valansi – ArtRio

5 May 2016
In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Brenda Valansi.  

Brenda Valansi is CEO of ArtRio, Brazil’s leading art fair. She updates us on the Brazilian art scene. First, given the current political conflict as well as the recession in Brazil, Brenda shares with us to what extent these events have impacted the Brazilian art market. Then, Brenda tells us how her personal mission of attempting to reduce Brazil’s hefty art import tax is progressing. Also, she speaks about the advantages and disadvantages of having several blue-chip foreign galleries exhibit at ArtRio. Lastly, Brenda reveals how the Brazilian art scene has transformed over the past six years.  She identifies challenges that need to be overcome in order for the Brazilian art scene to continue to mature.

Patrick van Maris

Patrick van Maris – TEFAF

4 March 2016
In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Patrick van Maris, CEO of The European Fine Art Fair

The European Fine Art Fair is better known as TEFAF.  Patrick joins us to talk about their expansion into New York as well as their upcoming Maastricht fair from March 11th to March 20th.  First, Patrick shares with us more details about the fair’s upcoming launch in New York City.  He shares with us the motivation behind bringing TEFAF to America at this time.  Patrick gives an insight to listeners of the podcast on how TEFAF differentiates itself from the rest of the art fairs that occur in New York City. Also, he previews the Maastricht fair. In particular, he identifies a few of the notable works of art that will be at this year’s edition. Lastly, Patrick shares his thoughts on the state of the art market and why he believes we are in the midst of a market correction.


Marco Forgione – British Antique Dealers’ Association

28 February 2016
mIn this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Marco Forgione, CEO of the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA)

Marco Forgione joins us to preview the BADA Fair as well as discuss their new online auction platform. First, Marco shares with us the motivation for BADA to launch its own online auction website exclusively for its dealers.  Then, Marco elaborates on why the state of the antiques market has strengthened over the past few years. Also, he previews the diversity of objects that this year’s BADA Fair in London will feature. Lastly, Marco explains about how antiques and modern and contemporary art complement each other.

Kelly Crow

Kelly Crow – The Wall Street Journal

13 December 2015
In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Kelly Crow, joins us.

Kelly Crow is art market reporter for The Wall Street Journal. She joins us to share her insights and observations from Art Basel Miami Beach.  First, Kelly discusses the recent softening at the top end of the art market. This she notes to be in conjunction with the strengthening lower and middle price points of the market. Also, in light of the increasing popularity and volume of art fairs, Kelly explains how galleries are altering their approaches in terms of what type of art to bring to these fairs. Then, she highlights some of the prominent collectors in Miami, such as the Rubells, who annually open up their private museums to the art world during Art Basel Miami and to what extent these collectors’ influence have grown recently. Lastly, Kelly highlights a few of the exciting, younger artists who exhibited at the fairs in Miami.


Melanie Gerlis – The Art Newspaper

22 October 2015

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Melanie Gerlis, art market editor of The Art Newspaper and author of the book Art as an Investment? A Survey of Comparative Assets, joins us to recap last week’s Frieze Art Fair in London. First, Melanie identifies some of the noticeable trends at this year’s edition of the fair. Then, she discusses how the auctions during Frieze week influence the strength of sales at the fair. Also, Melanie reveals to what extent she believes the crossover effect is working at Frieze Masters and if she expects the fair to continue for the foreseeable future.


Kenny Schachter

14 October 2015

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, dealer, writer and curator Kenny Schachter, returns to the podcast to preview Frieze Week and the upcoming major London Contemporary auctions. First, Kenny shares with us what he is hearing in regard to the art that will be on display at Frieze art fair as well as how strong the market is heading into this busy week for the contemporary art world. Also, he gives us his impressions on the overall quality of art for sale at the auction houses this week and what the type of art for sale reveals about the current art market. Then, Kenny provides us with his predictions for how specific artworks by Christopher Wool, Rudolf Stingel and Ai Weiwei will fare on the auction block this week, in addition to discussing the interesting markets of Jonas Wood, Andre Butzer and Ella Kruglyanskaya.