Art Fairs

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.

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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.

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Nazy Vassegh – Masterpiece London

15 July 2015

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece London, the international fair for art, antiques and design, joins us to recap its 6th edition of the fair, which occurred last week. First, Nazy reveals the benefits for galleries and visitors of experiencing Masterpiece London, a unique fair that doesn’t have a single focus on what type of art style or movement. Then, she touches on some of the strongest areas of this year’s fair and shares some of the most notable sales. Also, Nazy discusses the increasing prevelance of cross-collecting at both the fair as well as in the broader market.

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Charlotte Burns – The Art Newspaper

12 March 2015

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Charlotte Burns, US News, Market and Business Editor at The Art Newspaper, returns to the podcast to recap Armory Week in New York City. In the recent past, the Armory Show began to take a backseat to some of the other art fairs in the world, but it has since made a resurgence as Charlotte explains its “quiet rehabilitation”.  Then, Charlotte relays the type of art on view at the fair this year as well as what sold well. Also, she touches on the growing presence of Instagram within the art world and explains how different galleries and collectors are utilzing the platform. Finally, Charlotte tells us how confident the market remains despite some concern in the broader economy.

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Neha Kirpal – India Art Fair

21 January 2015

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast we’re here with Neha Kirpal, founder and director of the India Art Fair, ahead of this year’s fair, occurring Jan 29th – Feb 1st. First, Neha previews this upcoming fair by telling us about the quality of art we can expect to see on display as well as the evolving Indian collector base who will be visiting and buying at the fair. Then, she discusses how the past art market downturn actually benefited the Indian art market as it weeded out highly speculative investors from the marketplace. Lastly, Neha talks about the developing art market infrastructure in India and identifies some areas that could be improved in order for living Indian artists to feel even more supported locally.

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Melanie Gerlis – The Art Newspaper

23 October 2014

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Melanie Gerlis, art market editor at The Art Newspaper, joins us to recap Frieze week in London. First, Melanie discusses the plethora of galleries at this year’s Frieze art fair who transformed their booths from the typical white wall spaces to unique settings to exhibit their artworks. Then, she touches on the art flipping phenomenon, specifically explaining the relationship between these buyers and galleries as well as how this dynamic has transformed as many emerging artists’ values continue to rise. Lastly, Melanie shares some of her takeaways from the major contemporary auctions that occurred during Frieze week.

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Sandra Nedvetskaia – Cosmoscow

25 September 2014

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Sandra Nedvetskaia, director of Cosmscow, the leading contemporary Russian art fair. First, after its first edition of the fair in 2010, Sandra explains why the fair returned this year after a four year hiatus. While in US and Europe, the latest trend in mainstream art fairs is for several artworks to be sold to collectors even before the fairs commence, Sandra explains why collectors took their time at Cosmoscow before making purchases. Lastly, she touches on the motivation for including in the fair a unique section which exhibited artworks owned by prominent Russian collectors as well as how it influenced younger, emerging Russian collectors in attendance at the fair.

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Ross Douglas – FNB Joburg Art Fair

7 September 2014

In this week’s episode of the podcast, we speak with Ross Douglas, director of the FNB Joburg Art Fair, the contemporary African art fair which occurred last week. First, Ross talks about the changing demographic of the audience of the fair since the first edition of the fair seven years ago, as well as the demographics of emerging contemporary African artists. Then, he discusses both the level of sales witnessed at the fair this year as well as the overall health of the contemporary African art market. Lastly, Ross talks about the rise in interest in the international art world for contemporary African art.

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Nazy Vassegh – Masterpiece London

8 July 2014

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece London, joins us to recap this year’s edition of the fair. First, Nazy tells us about the unique visitor experience at Masterpiece London as rather than focusing on a single artistic movement, the fair features a variety of objects, including art, antiques, design and jewellery. Then, she elaborates on the cross-collecting that occurs at the fair as a result of the plethora of artworks and objects available for sale. Also, Nazy highlights some of the noteworthy sales from the fair as well as which categires cumulatively performed well.

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Catherine Edelman – Catherine Edelman Gallery

4 June 2014

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Catherine Edelman, founder of Catherine Edelman Gallery, a prominent, Chicago-based photography gallery, joins us to recap a few recent photography fairs as well as discuss trends occurring in the broader photography market. First, Catherine gives us a sense of the pulse of the photography market at the moment based on her recent experiences exhibiting at the AIPAD photography show and Paris Photo LA. Then, she identifies some of the visual trends she has witnessed recently from contemporary photographers, most notably the mixing of mediums from younger photographers, specifically, photography with paintings, sculpture and video. Also, Catherine interestingly discusses what she calls the “Gursky Effect”, in which the mainstream success and appeal of photographers such as Cindy Sherman, Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth have had a positive impact on the broader photography market.

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