Art Fairs

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.


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.


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.


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.


Antonia Carver – Art Dubai

23 April 2014

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Antonia Carver, fair director of Art Dubai, as she recaps the fair with us as well as shares her thoughts on the art market in the Middle East. First, Antonia sets the scene for us, telling us what the art scene is like at the moment in Dubai and the Middle East. Then, she explains why Art Dubai is the “fair of discovery”. Also, Antonia touches on what extent local collectors are embracing art from US and Europe and if the contemporary art market is booming similar to the marketplace in the West.


Noah Horowitz – The Armory Show

18 March 2014

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Noah Horowitz, executive director of The Armory Show, joins us to recap last week’s contemporary and modern art fair. First, Noah identifies any visual trends on display at the fair, discussing the different kinds of contemporary art presently being made. Then, Noah recaps the pulse of the market at the fair, identifying some prominent sales that occurred. Also, he discusses the increasingly competitive art fair landscape and how the Armory Show has continued to improve different components of the fair to attract prominent collectors, galleries and other art market participants. Finally, from a broader perspective, Noah identifies a few patterns occurring in the contemporary art marketplace that makes him feel good about the overall health of the market, as well as a few activities that give him some pause about the sustainability of the heightened prices and demand we’re witnessing.


Stephanie Dieckvoss – Art 14 London

1 March 2014

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Stephanie Dieckvoss, director of Art 14 London, and Chris Moore, publisher of Randian, join us in a 3-way podcast live from this year’s Art 14 London art fair to discuss how the fair is progressing. First, I ask Stephanie about the emphasis she has placed on having a truly global art fair experience and why it’s so important that they have such a geographically diverse range of exhibitors at the fair. Then, Chris asks Stephanie to touch on some of the success stories thus far at the fair as well as how this year’s version compares to last year’s inaugural edition. Also, Stephanie tells us to what extent collectors from around the world in attendance at the fair are looking beyond their traditional areas of collecting into artworks from other emerging regions.


Calvin Hui – Fine Art Asia

26 February 2014

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Calvin Hui, co-chairman and director of Fine Art Asia, joins us to discuss the expansion of their art fair with an upcoming edition occurring in May in Beijing. First, Calvin shares some perspective on how important it is to host a fair in mainland China, in addition to their already existing fair in Hong Kong. Also, he explains why it is one of his missions to bring Western fine art to Chinese audiences. Lastly, Calvin updates us on the present state of the Chinese art market.


Chris Moore – Randian

22 January 2014

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Chris Moore, founder of Randian, the Chinese online art magazine, updates us on the Chinese contemporary art scene. Just coming back from Art Stage Singapore, Chris begins by sharing his experiences from the fair and describes the present art scene in Singapore. Then, he focuses on several facets of the Chinese art market, including identifying some of the significant young Chinese artists who are emerging and explaining why the recent revelation regarding significant questions revolving around Chinese auction houses sales figures isn’t having a significant impact on the Chinese art market within China. Lastly, Chris identifies some key issues facing the Chinese art market in 2014 and previews some upcoming content on Randian.


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.