Online Art Businesses

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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Mike Steib – Artsy

28 January 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Mike Steib, CEO of Artsy, the online platform for collecting and discovering art. Previously CEO of XO Group, the parent company of The Knot, Mike shares with us a few of the most surprising things he discovered about the art market and the online art space. Then, Mike reveals some interesting insights about trends in the marketplace based on the data they have gathered on their platform. Also, he gives his thoughts on Instagram’s role in the art market and if he considers them to be a competitor. Finally, Mike identifies some of the biggest challenges for Artsy and the entire online art space moving forward.

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Noah Wunsch – Sotheby’s

30 October 2019

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Noah Wunsch, global head of e-commerce at Sotheby’s. First, Noah discusses the importance of brand innovation and how he has worked to bring that to Sotheby’s, a firm that already possesses such a valuable and established brand. Then, he shares how much growth Sotheby’s has had on the e-commerce platform over the past few years. Also, Noah touches on what it was like to incorporate such a large e-commerce platform to such a historic business like Sotheby’s. Then, he identifies the top performing categories on the e-commerce platform and he reveals what he would say to a potential consignor who is reluctant to sell their art in an e-commerce sale.

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Andy Ellis – Art UK

20 October 2019

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Andy Ellis, director of Art UK, joins us to discuss the online home for every public art collection in the UK. First, Andy explains how visitors on the site can explore public art collections in the UK. Then, he shares the mission behind Art UK which is to democratize art so it is accessible to the masses. Also, Andy shares how they are able to catalogue and digitize so many artworks, how they address copyright issues and how Art UK is funded.

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Nanne Dekking – Artory

15 July 2019

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast we speak with Nanne Dekking, founder and CEO of Artory, whose mission is to create a vast artwork registry. First, we ask Nanne about their partnership with Christie’s and if they plan to partner with more auction houses moving forward. Then, he breaks down the competitive landscape in the artwork registry space and identifies the keys to being the surviving registry that the art world utilizes. Also, Nanne explains how much demand there is for this type of product at this moment and why that it will continue to grow moving forward.

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Philippe Gellman – Arteia

7 June 2019

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast we chat with Philippe Gellman, founder and CEO of Arteia, a technology platform that functions as collection management, provenance tracking and a marketplace for buyers and sellers. First, Philippe shares his vision for Arteia and what its role can be in the art market. Then, he explains what differentiates his platform from others that already exist in the art market. Also, Philippe reveals how they plan on building a marketplace where buyers and sellers can transact directly. Lastly, Philippe clarifies why they are using an initial coin offering to raise funds for the company.

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Robert Norton – Verisart

14 May 2019

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Robert Norton, CEO of Verisart, a company that certifies art authenticity through blockchain technology. First, Robert reveals how the company has grown since we initially had him on the podcast in 2016. Then, he identifies some of the important partnerships the company has had with auction houses, eCommerce platforms and even artists, that has enabled the company to grow. Also, Robert discusses the timeline for when the art world will have a technological solution that is widely used to resolve art authenticity issues.

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Leanne Kemp – Everledger

12 November 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, first host Adam Green talks about the origins of the ArtTactic Podcast and what motivated him to launch it in 2009. Then, he speaks with Leanne Kemp, founder and CEO of Everledger, a technology company that uses blockchain technology to track the provenance of diamonds and other valuable items. Leanne talks about the history of Everledger and discusses its success bringing a blockchain platform to the diamond industry. Then, she reveals what kind of blockchain services she will offer the art world and how different it is from the diamond industry. Also, Leanne explains what it will take for a blockchain solution to become prolific in the art world. Finally, she shares how a widely used blockchain ecosystem in the art world could benefit the industry.

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Phil Michaelson – LiveAuctioneers

3 October 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Phil Michaelson, CEO of LiveAuctioneers, joins us to discuss online bidding in the art market. First, Phil discusses LiveAuctioneers’ online bidding platform and how they partner with auction houses to enable bidders to bid live in realtime in sales. Then, he discusses how online bidding as a sales channel is trending compared to absentee bids, telephone bids and in-person bidding. Also, Phil touches on the importance of an auction house’s brand when it comes to instilling confidence in online bidding as well identifying certain art market trends based on their aggregated bidding data.

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Jessica Klein – The Outline

17 July 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Jessica Klein, freelance journalist, joins us to discuss her recent article in The Outline on the art world, cryptocurrency and blockchain. First, Jessica identifies a few notable artists currently incorporating blockchain technology and cryptocurrency in their art in different ways, such as Kevin Abosch, Cryptograffiti and Sarah Meyohas. Then, she tells us if there is any crossover between the collectors of this blockchain and cryptocurrency art and more traditional contemporary art. After, Jessica explains how select galleries and auction houses are targeting the newly crypto wealthy. Lastly, she identifies some of the art world startups that are leveraging blockchain technology to try to address provenance issues.

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