Market Commentary

Rachael White – Christie’s

1 July 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast we chat with Rachael White, a specialist at Christie’s and also the Head of their Post-War & Contemporary Morning Sale in New York. Rachel joins us ahead of Christie’s ONE auction taking place on July 10th. First, Rachael discusses how the auction house transitioned from live auctions to online auctions and private sales during the COVID pandemic. Then, she touches on the potential for online auctions in the future when live auctions return on a regular basis. Further, Rachael details the resiliency of the art market and the extent to which it was impacted by the pandemic. Also, Rachael helps us preview Christie’s ONE, including what the auction experience will be like, if the quality of the material was impacted by the pandemic and what are a few of her favorite lots in the sale.

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Behind The Report: Artist Market Report Rashid Johnson

22 June 2020

In this edition of Behind The Report, Adam Green previews our Artist Market Report on Rashid Johnson in which we take a look at different aspects of his market and career including the meaning behind his conceptual and figurative art, experts’ market confidence, exhibition and institutional history, as well as an in-depth look at every aspect of his auction market.

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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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Anders Petterson – ArtTactic

29 May 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by our founder Anders Petterson, to discuss our brand new Contemporary Art Market Confidence Report. First, Anders share the history and background of ArtTactic’s Art Market Confidence Report. Then, he shares some of the key findings from the report including an 85% decline in market confidence since our previous report in September 2019. On a more uplifting note, Anders and Adam discuss some of the positive developments that have occurred in the art world over the past few months during the pandemic.

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Quang Bao – 1969 Gallery

15 May 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Quang Bao, owner of 1969 Gallery, a New York based gallery. First, Quang tells us how the gallery continues to operate despite being physically closed. Then, we ask him about demand for younger, emerging artists during the pandemic. Quang also discusses the role of Instagram in the art market, the economics behind a small gallery and online art exhibitions. Lastly, he shares the gallery’s upcoming exhibition calendar with us.

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Friedrich Petzel – Petzel Gallery

21 April 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Friedrich Petzel, founder of Petzel Gallery, to discuss how the gallery is adapting in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. First, Friedrich details the gallery’s digital strategy and how important it is during this time when the physical gallery is closed. Then, he shares to what extent the pandemic has slowed sales. Also, Friedrich reveals if previous experiences have any similarity to the current pandemic’s impact on the art world. Further, he tells us what his conversations have been like with the gallery’s artists and when he tentatively plans on reopening.

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Pontus Silfverstolpe – Barnebys

27 March 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Pontus Silfverstolpe, Co-Founder of Barnebys, a search engine for art, antiques and collectibles from more than 3,000 auction houses and galleries around the world, joins us to talk about the online art market during the coronavirus pandedmic. First, Pontus discusses how the art world has been able to shift to the online space during the pandemic. Then, he identifies trends regarding which types of galleries and auction houses possess digital strategies necessary to succeed during this time. Also, Pontus tells us how Barnebys is trying to achieve their goal of becoming a search engine for the art marketplace.

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Richard Polsky – Richard Polsky Art Authentication

20 March 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Richard Polsky, author, dealer and founder of Richard Polsky Art Authentication joins us to discuss the coronavirus and how it is impacting the art market. First, Richard speaks about the impact the virus has had on the art market, including pushing back the major May auctions. Richard also recalls how the art market responded to the tragic events on 9/11. Then, he identifies some artists he believes are still worth acquiring even during this difficult economic environment. Also, Richard speculates that certain galleries may move to an exclusive online model after they will be forced to not have physical gallery spaces during the next few months due to the virus.

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Lisa Movius – The Art Newspaper

3 March 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Lisa Movius, a Shanghai based journalist who is the Asia correspondent for The Art Newspaper, about the coronavirus and its impact on the Chinese art scene. First, Lisa provides us with an update on the virus and what the mood is like in China both from a social and economic perspective. Then, she details the lack of activity going on regarding fairs, galleries and museums in China at the moment. Also, Lisa tells us if she is hearing if Chinese collectors will be active or will be sitting out of the art market in the short term. Lastly, she reveals if there is a sense in China as to how things may play out with the virus over the next few months.

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Christina Binkley

6 February 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Christina Binkley, a freelance journalist who writes about the business of culture, joins us to discuss the growing sneaker market and how and why major auction houses are targeting it. First, Christina reveals how big the sneaker market is at the moment and how collectors currently buy and sell sneakers on the primary and secondary market. Then, she identifies some of the most highly coveted brands and shoes on the market. Also, Christina explains why major traditional auction houses are determined to become involved in the sneaker market and to what extent they have participated already. Additionally, she shares how certain fine artists are garnering appeal from sneaker collectors.

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