Behind The Report: Contemporary Art Market Confidence Report – Jul 2021

Richard Polsky – Richard Polsky Art Authentication

16 April 2021

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast we chat with Richard Polsky, author, dealer and founder of Richard Polsky Art Authentication, about the 10 year anniversary of the closing of the Andy Warhol Authentication Board. First, Richard tells us how the board operated and what the experience was like to get an artwork authenticated by it. Then, he shares how the market and relevant participants reacted when the Warhol Foundation announced they were closing the Authentication Board? Also, Richard reveals to what extent the closing of the Authentication Board impacted the artist’s market. Finally, Richard updates on how he is trying to fill the void left behind with his business Richard Polsky Art Authentication.

Barry Avrich – Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art

22 March 2021

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Barry Avrich, producer and director at Melbar Entertainment Group joins us to chat about his new documentary Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art that chronicles the events of the largest art fraud in American history. First, Barry shares a brief recap of the infamous Knoedler Gallery art fraud. Then, he tells us what inspired him to make a documentary about this unprecedented fraud. Also, he reveals how eager Ann Freedman, the former director of Knoedler Gallery, was to participate in the documentary and if Barry believes Ann knew she was selling fake artworks or not. Then Barry explains why the blame seems to fall on Ann, rather than Glafira Rosales, who was selling the fakes to Knoedler Gallery, and the forger, Pei-Shen Qian. Finally, Barry tells us if the art world has changed in any meaningful way as a result of the Knoeder Gallery fraud.

Francesca Bellini-Joseph – ACT Programme

9 March 2021

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Francesca Bellini-Joseph, founder of ACT Programme, an online platform that offers art career transformation programs for the art world. First, we talk to Francesca about her career path and why she eventually established ACT Programme. Then, she explains why artists need to consider themselves entrepreneurs rather than simply artists. Also, Francesca reveals some of the skills that artists are taught in their artist program. Regarding galleries, Francesca highlights certain things that galleries could be doing differently to improve their businesses, which became especially evident during the pandemic. And finally, she identifies some of the different areas Act Programme focuses on in the program they offer galleries.

 

Rachel Bers – The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

21 January 2021

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Rachel Bers, director of the grant making program at The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. First, Rachel shares the history of the foundation and the motivation for Andy Warhol founding it upon his death. Then, she explains the different types of grants the foundation gives to arts organizations. Also, Rachel tells us how the foundation’s granting activities have changed in response to the pandemic.

Zachary Small – The New York Times

8 January 2021

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Zachary Small, contributor at The New York Times, joins us to discuss looming increased regulations in the US antiquities market. First, Zachary tells us about the National Defense Authorization Act passed by US Congress which includes new regulations for the antiquities market. Then, he reveals how much push back there has been from the art trade, who generally prefer a more opaque marketplace. Also, Zachary shares if the extent of illicit sales of antiquities is truly known. Finally, he offers a timeline for when the regulations may be implemented.

Susan J. Mumford – ArtAML

9 November 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Susan J. Mumford, CEO and co-founder of ArtAML, a technology company that provides anti-money laundering checks and expertise for the art market. First, Susan explains what anti-money laundering is and details the new major AML regulation in Europe that is starting to impact the art world. Then, she walk us through how art transactions are changing as a result of the new regulations. Also, Susan explains how ArtAML’s tools make it easier for businesses to comply with AML regulations. Further, Susan tells us about the extent of regulations outside of Europe and art markets in other regions are following certain AML practices.

Michael Klein – Sotheby’s

1 October 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Michael Klein, head of Sotheby’s Mei Moses, joins us to discuss how the art market is performing during the COVID-19 pandemic according to Sotheby’s Mei Moses index. First, Michael familiarizes us with the history Mei Moses index and explains how it works. Then, he reveals that while total auction sales are down significantly during the pandemic, the art market is actually performing better than it did last year. Michael also explains why the supply of art is down more than demand for art and the ramifications of that in the short-term and long-term. Finally, Michael tells us the truth about the trend of new millennial art collectors.

Thomas Girst – BMW

25 September 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast we chat with Thomas Girst, global head of BMW Group Cultural Engagement. First, Thomas discusses the history of BMW’s extensive cultural engagement in the visual arts. Then, he shares how BMW Group Cultural Engagement has been impacted by the COVID pandemic. Also, Thomas reveals why we will unfortunately see less support of the visual arts from companies as a result of this crisis. Additionally, Thomas explains how he measures the success of the initiatives he spearheads at BMW. Finally, he offers advice for cultural organizations seeking corporate engagement.

Tomasz Imieliński and Jean-Paul Engelen – Phillips and Articker

17 August 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Tomasz Imieliński, founder and developer of Articker, a technology that aggregates open-source data on artists and artworks, providing unique insights into emerging market trends, and Jean-Paul Engelen, co-head of 20th Century and Contemporary Art and Global Chairman at Phillips. Last week it was announced that Articker and Phillips have formed an exclusive partnership so we wanted to have them on to chat about the tool and how the auction house plans on utilizing the technology. First, Tomasz tells us about the history Articker and how it works. Then, Jean-Paul shares how the insights Articker offers have helped him and his colleagues, while revealing some real life examples. Also, Tomasz answers if he has measured if there is a correlation between art market trends and the media trends. Lastly, Jean-Paul explains how his clients can take advantage of Articker and how the tool is beneficial to collectors.

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