Art Fairs

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.



Ross Douglas – Joburg Art Fair

30 August 2013

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Ross Douglas, director of Joburg Art Fair, the annual contemporary art fair in Johannesburg, South Africa. First, Ross dissects the South African art market, explaining how the local market has developed in conjunction with the global growth of the contemporary art market. Then, he compares and contrasts the infrastructure of the South African art market with the US and European art market, noting some of the key differences between them. Also, Ross previews this year’s Joburg Art Fair, occurring next month in September, telling us about galleries and artworks visitors can expect to see at the fair.a


Thomas Woodham-Smith – Masterpiece London

30 June 2013

In this episode of the ArtTactic, we’re joined by Thomas Woodham-Smith, creative director of Masterpiece London, to talk about their ongoing fair, which offers fine art, antiques, design and more. First, Thomas discusses the diversity of the exhibitors in terms of what they show as well as where they originate. Then, he talks about the cross-over effect he witnesses at the fair, in which collectors are uniquely exposed to several collectibles within one fair. Also, Thomas reports on the level of sales activities at the fair thus far and tells us if individuals are starting to view other luxury goods such as watches and jewelry as alternative asset classes similar to fine art.


Melanie Gerlis – The Art Newspaper

27 June 2013

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Melanie Gerlis, art market editor for The Art Newspaper, recaps the Art Basel art fair with us. First, following the successful May auctions in New York, Melanie tells us if the market remained red-hot at Basel. Then, she observes and reports on aesthetic trends exhibited at the fair this year. Also, Melanie comments on the increasing divergence in auction sales totals between Impressionist & Modern and Post-War & Contemporary art, if the art world marathon of fairs and sales over the past few months is sustainable in the future and previews this week’s Post-War and Contemporary auctions in London.


Meg Maggio – Pékin Fine Arts

31 May 2013

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Meg Maggio, owner of Pekin Fine Arts, joins us from Hong Kong to discuss her experience exhibiting at this year’s Art Basel Hong Kong. First, Meg elaborates on the noticeable differences in this year’s edition of the fair, the inaugural edition under the Art Basel brand. Then, she shares her opinion on the strength of the current Chinese contemporary art market as well as how her gallery did at this year’s fair. Also, Meg elaborates on the depth of quality, emerging Chinese artists and if she believes US and European art galleries with presences in Asia are beginning to better attract Asian collectors.


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.


Noah Horowitz – The Armory Show

25 March 2013

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Noah Horowitz, executive director of The Armory Show, returns to the podcast to recap this year’s edition of the fair. First, Noah discusses how exhibitors faired from a sales perspective, while also touching on what he learned about where the market is as well as how comfortable collectors continue to feel about spending money on high-priced artworks given economic conditions and the looming threat of tax increases. From an aesthetic vantage point, Noah shares with us some trends noticeable at this year’s fair from exhibiting galleries. Also, he touches on the evolving role of the art fair within the art market as well as the future of art e-commerce platforms.



Matthew Slotover – Frieze Art Fair

1 November 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Matthew Slotover, co-founder and co-director of the Frieze Art Fair, returns to the podcast to share his thoughts on this year’s fair. First, Matthew talks about the decision to launch Frieze Masters, an adjacent fair featuring works ranging from antiquities to modern art, as well as the success it achieved in its inaugural edition. Then, he compares the atmosphere at Frieze Masters with the ambience and pace of sales at the contemporary driven Frieze Art Fair. Also, Matthew elaborates on the increasingly global art market and identifies some underrated, emerging art scenes.


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ArtTactic visits Frieze Art Fair

16 October 2012

In this video episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we visit the Frieze Art Fair and explore both the inaugural Frieze Masters as well as Frieze Art Fair. While US and European based galleries represented 40% of the exhibitors present at Frieze Art Fair this year, galleries from emerging art markets continued to have an increasingly significant presence at the fair.  We spoke with the directors of three galleries focused on contemporary art from emerging contemporary art markets to get their perspectives on how their respective markets are performing: Russia with Mike Ovcharenko of Regina Gallery, United Arab Emirates with Laila Binbrek of The Third Line and India with Mortimer Chatterjee of Chatterjee & Lal Gallery.


This video edition is presented by Petya Kukularova.


Judd Tully – Art + Auction

21 June 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Judd Tully, Editor at large of Art + Auction magazine, returns to the podcast to recap this year’s edition of Art Basel. With the global markets on edge throughout the duration of the fair, Judd shares with us to what extent collectors and dealers at the fair believe this economic uncertainty will impact the art market. Then, Judd compares the present contemporary art market to the marketplace just before the last market downturn. Also, he touches on pricing and aesthetic trends at this year’s fair.