Art Research

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.

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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.

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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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Christian Huhnt – Glass

28 July 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Christian Huhnt, co-founder of Glass, a tool that allows you to instantly look up catalogue raisonné information and the most recent auction results just by texting an image on WhatsApp. First, Christian walks us through the process of how Glass works. Then, he tells us about the robotic machines they use to digitize catalogue raisonnés, page by page. Also, Christian explains why it’s so important as a matter of due diligence for those in the art world to search artworks in catalogue raisonnés before buying or selling an artwork. Lastly, Christian shares exactly what artwork details are revealed in a catalogue raisonné.

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Behind The Report: Wet Paint 2015 – 2019

11 June 2020

In the inaugural edition of our podcast series Behind The Report, Adam Green previews our Wet Paint 2015 – 2019, in which we deep-dive into more than 2,700 lots that were offered at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips within 3 years or less of their creation date, hence the title ‘wet paint’. Adam discusses the highlights from the report and shares his personal commentary on flipping artworks at auction and its impact on an artist’s career and a collector’s relationship with the artist’s galleries.

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Carolyn Ramo – Artadia

8 May 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we are joined by Carolyn Ramo, executive director of Artadia, a non-profit organization that provides grants to visual artists. First, Carolyn tells us about Artadia, its purpose and who decides who receives grants that the organization allocates to artists. Then, she shares from her perspective how artists are being impacted financially, creatively and in other ways by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Also, Carolyn tells us about Artist Relief, which is providing financial assistance to artists impacted financially by the pandemic, and Artadia’s involvement with this effort. Lastly, she instructs how our listeners can contribute to these causes or apply for assistance.

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Ian Turetsky and Casey Laffey – Reed Smith

13 April 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Ian Turetsky, associate in Reed Smith’s Global Commercial Dispute group, and Casey Laffey, vice chair of Reed Smith’s Global Commercial Dispute group, join us to discuss force majeure and other legal issues impacting the art world during the coronavirus pandemic.. First, Ian and Casey tell us about force majeure, a clause in contracts that frees parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event beyond their control occurs, and why the coronavirus pandemic has made it the hottest topic in the legal world. Then, they explain when force majeure may apply to certain issues in the art world at this time. Also, we speak about certain collectors trying to back out of their invoices at this time and explore to what extent invoices are legally binding. Then, Ian and Casey reveals what parties should be considering if they are entering into contracts in the midst of the pandemic. Lastly, they share some lessons learned from this pandemic that can be used moving forward.

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Anders Petterson – ArtTactic

13 March 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Anders Petterson, founder of ArtTactic, joins us to breakdown the recently released TEFAF Art Market Report on art patronage in the 21st century. First, Anders explains why this year’s report focuses on art patronage. Then, he shares the history and importance of private art patronage in US and Europe. as public funding diminishes. Also, Anders identifies some of the new models of philanthropy that are being explored in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Additionally, Anders touches on how millennials are approaching philanthropy in the arts and to what extent technology is playing a role.

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Deirdra Funcheon

22 January 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by freelance journalist Deirdra Funcheon, who wrote an article in the Washington Post magazine detailing Purvis Young’s career and the conflict surrounding his estate. First, Deirdra introduces us to Purvis’ career and explains why he is considered an outsider artist. Then, she identifies some of the key turning points in his career. Also, Deirdra, details the complexity of the artist’s estate and reveals how his paintings were allocated following his death.

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Mark Rappolt – ArtReview

17 December 2019

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Mark Rappolt, editor-in-chief of ArtReview and ArtReview Asia, joins us to review their recently published Power 100 rankings, listing the year’s most influential people in the contemporary art world. First, Mark tells us about the history of the list and how it is compiled each year. Then, he explains why Glenn Lowry, the director of MoMA, tops the list this in 2019. Also, Mark discusses some of the new entrants on the list as well as some unexpected names, including Banksy. Finally, Mark shares broader trends in the contemporary art world regarding what positions are gaining or losing influence.

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