Collection Management

Victoria Stapley-Brown

4 September 2019

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Victoria Stapley-Brown, former deputy museums editor at The Art Newspaper, joins us to discuss the state of museums in the US following the controversy surrounding Warren Kanders’ resignation from the Whitney Museum board. First, Victoria shares if there is any consensus or even guidance regarding what is deemed acceptable sources of funding in 2019 for museums. Then, she touches on the level of nervousness museums are feeling on if these high-profile incidents may discourage philanthropy moving forward. Also, Victoria tells us if she expects the museum industry to make any drastic changes moving forward because of these controversies.


Simon Hornby – Crozier Fine Arts

8 June 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Simon Hornby, President of Crozier Fine Arts, a New York City based art storage, shipping and logistics company, joins us to discuss the art storage industry. First, given the significant expansion of the art market over the past decade as well as the increase in the diversity of collectors, Simon reveals what trends he’s seeing in the art storage space. Then, Simon explains the different motivations why art storage is utilized by collectors and galleries and reveals to what extent art storage is simply used as a parking spot for collectors to buy and sell art. Also, he details why climate change has lead to an increased demand for art storage. Finally, Simon tells us the degree to which art storage facilities located within freeports compete with those located outside of them.


Tom Toumazis – Tagsmart

3 April 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Tom Toumazis, investor and chairman of Tagsmart, an art startup providing technologically advanced art authentication solutions. First, Tom explains their DNA tagging technology and how it works. Then, he argues why it’s so important in today’s art market to have technologies like Tagsmart to authenticate artworks. Also, Tom walks us through the lifecycle of an artwork from the artist creating it to a collector buying it and how their tags may be utilized. Lastly, Tom touches on how they have persuaded prominent artists such as Marc Quinn to embrace their technology.

Ayal Brenner

Ayal Brenner – Artist Pension Trust

18 July 2016
In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re here with Ayal Brenner.

Ayal Brenner is founding member and director of Artist Pension Trust. Ayal discusses the trust’s first distribution since its establishment in 2004.

First, Ayal explains the concept of Artist Pension Trust as a risk diversification tool to provide more secure income to artists. Then, Ayal identifies some of the most prominent artists who participate in Artist Pension Trust. These include Rashid Johnson, Ivan Navarro and three Turner Prize winners. Also, he reveals the strategy and process regarding selling artworks from the trust. He covers how the money generated from these sales is distributed to the artists in the trust. Lastly, Ayal discusses why this financial structure is so appealing to artists and what kind of artists are benefitting the most from this.

Yan Walther

Yan Walther – SGS Art Services

19 May 2016
In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Yan Walther.

Yan Walther is managing director of SGS Art Services, which offers a wide range of highly technical and analytical services for the art world.

First, Yan addresses the reasons behind the increasing numbers of fraudulent artworks on the market. He explains how SGS’ technologies protect buyers from acquiring such artworks. Also, he explains why traditional condition reports are inadequate in today’s art market. Then, Yan speculates on some of the technological trends he envisions the art world embracing over the next few years.

Christopher Bedford

Christopher Bedford – The Rose Art Museum

3 February 2016
In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Christopher Bedford, director of The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.

Christopher Bedford updates us on some of the recent activities at the museum. Chris shares how he has lead the museum past some of the negative publicity garnered in 2009. At that difficult time Brandeis announced it  would close the museum and sell its permanent collection to curtail losses.  This policy associated with the global financial crisis, was never implemented.

Then, he details the incredible story of the museum’s first director, Sam Hunter. How the original director,  developed an incredible contemporary art collection for the museum in the 1960’s on a limited budget. Also, Chris tells us how collectors today can learn from Sam Hunter’s approach to building the museum’s collection for their own private art collections.

Further, Chris reveals the importance of balance. Chris explains how he balances exhibiting. This means balancing works from the museum’s permanent collection versus organising exhibitions featuring art from outside the museum’s collection.

Lastly, Chris explains why he has focused so much on strengthening the relationship between museum and student body at Brandeis University.


Dirk Herzer – ARTBUTLER

3 September 2015

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Dirk Herzer, founder and CEO of ARTBUTLER, speaks with us about their software solutions company for galleries, artists and collectors. First, Dirk describes some of the biggest technological challenges he believes galleries are still facing and how his software enables them to overcome these. Then, he explains how ARTBUTLER differentiates itself from competing software companies specializing in the art world. Also, Dirk reveals why an increasing number of artists are utilizing software solutions to manage the artworks they create. Lastly, Dirk speculates on where he believes the art world may be headed in the next five years from a technological perspective.


Elizabeth Glassman – Terra Foundation

6 July 2015

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Elizabeth Glassman, CEO of the Terra Foundation for American art, a foundation dedicated to supporting the study and presentation of historical American art worldwide. First, Elizabeth shares with us the history of the foundation and details some of the activities it does to promote American art. Then, she describes the increasing interest for American art outside of the United States. Also, Elizabeth gives us her thoughts on the rising number of private art foundations and offers some advice to them as the CEO of an existing one.


Bernadine Brocker – Vastari

27 January 2015

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Bernadine Brocker, CEO of Vastari, returns to the podcast to update us on the growth of her company, focused on connecting collectors and museum curators for exhibitions. First, Bernadine shares some of the most recent success stories in which she was able to connect collectors and museum curators with an artwork ending up in a museum show. Then, she discusses how the company has grown since we originally had her on the podcast a few years ago, including the introduction of a new product enabling museums to more easily communicate regarding potential multi-location museum shows.  Lastly, Bernadine identifies some of the challenges the three-year old company faces moving forward.




Ted Feder – Artist Rights Society

6 September 2013

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Ted Ferer, director of the Artist Rights Society, returns to the podcast to update us on implementing resale royalties for artists in the US. Ted updates us on two interesting developments occurring within the US, one focused on the constitutionality of California’s Resale Royalty Act and the other is on the possibility of introducing a resale royalty on a federal level, throughout the US. Then, he discusses the impact advances in social media and technology have had on artists and their rights on their artworks. Lastly, Ted takes us behind the scenes detailing some of the components that go into ad campaigns when they utilize artists’ artworks.