Market Commentary

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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Judd Tully

23 December 2019

In our end of year 2019 episode, Judd Tully, veteran art market reporter and frequent contributor to ARTnews, joins us to recap the art market in 2019. First, Judd identifies some of the top storylines of 2019 for the art market. Then, he reveals who were some of the biggest winners of the year when we think about artists and their markets. Also, he shares what trends in art defined the year. Additionally, Judd tells us his favorite exhibition of 2019. And lastly, Judd gives us a few bold predictions of the art market in 2020.

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Kelly Crow – The Wall Street Journal

21 November 2019

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Kelly Crow, art market reporter for The Wall Street Journal, joins us to recap last week’s major Post-War and Contemporary auctions in New York. First, Kelly addresses the fact that there were few trophy pieces up for auction this season and she speculates if this was due to a lack of estates or if this is a reflection on market sentiment. Then, Kelly identifies some bargain shopping that occurred in the evening sales. Also, she explains why we witnessed several auction records for an older generation of African American artists who are finally being recognized by collectors and museums. Further, Kelly reveals if there is concern about the very quick spike in prices for younger artists at auction and to what extent Asia is pushing up prices for these artists. Lastly, Kelly addresses an unfortunate situation that she is currently reporting on regarding famed collector Donald Bryant.

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Susie Goodman – Strauss & Co

30 September 2019

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Susie Goodman, executive director at Strauss & Co, a leading auction house in South Africa, joins us to discuss the African art market. First, Susie tells us about the evolution of the African art market over the past 10 years and what role South African has played as the most established art market. Then, she tells us to what extent renowned African contemporary artists, such as Julie Mehretu, Marlene Dumas and Njideka Akunyili Crosby, are collected by African collectors and she also identifies lesser known African artists worthy of consideration by global collectors. Susie also touches on the success of female artists in Africa as well as how the politics of the continent has influenced the kind of art being made by contemporary artists.

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Anders Petterson – ArtTactic

27 September 2019

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Anders Petterson, founder of ArtTactic, joins us to discuss the art market in 2019 as well as highlight a few recently released ArtTactic reports. First, recaps the art market’s performance in the first half of 2019 and shares ArtTactic’s outlook for the autumn season. Then, he identifies some of the key findings from ArtTactic’s inaugural Auction Guarantee report and explains what role guarantees have been playing in the market so far this year. Finally, Anders updates us on the ArtTactic Forecaster auction prediction platform, which has now recorded over 1.2 million forecasts.

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Hannah Elliott – Bloomberg News

22 August 2019

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Hannah Elliott, staff writer at Bloomberg News covering the luxury sector, joins us to recap the Monterey classic car auctions. First, Hannah breaks down the unfathomable auction blunder at Sotheby’s for the Porsche Type 64. Then, she recaps the overall performance of the classic car market during the week and explains why some referred to it as a bloodbath. Hannah also reveals which carmaker is frequently dominating the market and explains why Asian car collectors haven’t had an impact on the market yet.

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Jerry Wind – The Wharton School

24 July 2019

In this week’s episode, we’re joined by professor Jerry Wind, the Lauder Professor Emeritus and Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and co-author of Can Art Aid in Resolving Conflicts. First, we discuss the recent news of Sotheby’s being purchased and transforming from a publicly traded auction house to a privately owned business. Jerry explains some of the ways being a public company may have been prohibitive for Sotheby’s. Also, he shares how he envisions their business evolving. Further, Jerry tells us how Sotheby’s and its rival Christie’s may compete against each other now that both are private firms. Then, we discuss Jerry’s new book, Can Art Aid in Resolving Conflicts and he identifies some of the most notable examples of when art played a role in resolving conflicts or building bridges among opposing groups.

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