Online Art Businesses

Ezra Konvitz – ArtStack

5 September 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Ezra Konvitz, co-founder of ArtStack, a site which allows users to discover and share art amongst each other, joins us to talk about his new social platform. First, Ezra explains in detail how users can go about sharing their favorite artworks as well as following different users on the site to discover new artworks or artists. Then, Ezra shares his thoughts on why, previous to ArtStack, the art world lacked the presence of an online social network. He also addresses the diverse community of members on the site and how having users from all different aspects of the art world has enhanced the overall community.  Presently, ArtStack is an invitation-only site, however ArtTactic Podcast listeners can sign up for ArtStack by clicking here: http://bit.ly/SiAlS1.

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Spencer Hyman – Artfinder

5 August 2012

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Spencer Hyman, founder and CEO of Artfinder, the world’s largest online art catalogue. First, Spencer familiarizes us with Artfinder and details the different services his online company provides its users. Having worked at Amazon and Last.fm, Spencer has been a part of two different transformations that changed how books and music were consumed online. Given these experiences, we asked him what is it about the art world that makes him feel a similar online metamorphisis is possible. Also, Spencer shares his thoughts on why online art sales haven’t taken off thus far and if there is potential for it too going forward.

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Lisa Kennedy – VIP Art Fair

17 January 2012

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Lisa Kennedy, CEO of the VIP Art Fair.  With the second edition of the fair upcoming, Lisa talks about the changes and upgrades made to this year’s version of the online fair. Then, she provides us with figures on how geographically diverse the fair was last year, with visitors from over 196 countries virtually attending VIP in 2011. Coming to VIP with a significant internet retail background outside of art, Lisa compares the state of the online art industry to other products and goods which are sold online. Lastly, Lisa discusses the three recently announced fairs that VIP has added to its brand.

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Robert Norton – s[edition]

28 November 2011

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Robert Norton, CEO and co-founder of s[Edition], a brand new site that offers digital limited edition artworks for sale by several prominent contemporary artists. First, Robert explains this new digital medium as well as the inspiration behind s[Edition]. Unlike traditional art which is hung on walls, Robert details how collectors can view digital limited editions through a variety of devices and touches on the future of connected television. Lastly, Robert shares how receptive artists have been in exploring this new medium on s[Edition].

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Sapna Kar – India Art Collective

28 September 2011

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Sapna Kar, co-founder and director of India Art Collective, joins us to tell us about India’s first online art fair. Sapna begins by providing some information about the galleries and artworks that will be at the fair as well as the layout of the online fair from the visitor’s perspective. Then, she shares her thoughts on the VIP Art Fair and explains how India Art Collective will compare.

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CJ Follini – Company

9 August 2011

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we talk with CJ Follini, founder and CEO of COMPANY, a recently launched social network for collectors of emerging contemporary art.  First, CJ details different aspects of the site, including an online art exchange as well as a forum in which collectors can interact with one another. Then, he  elaborates on the art rental business which COMPANY will be venturing into in the near future.

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Alexander Gilkes – Paddle8

29 July 2011

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Alexander Gilkes, co-founder of Paddle8, the recently launched online art sale venture. First, Alex elaborates on the online curated exhibitions at Paddle8 as well as how the overall site functions. Then, Alex discusses the recent momentum in the online art sale industry and what he believes is required in order to successfully sell art online. Lastly, he explains to what extent the contemporary art world is embracing the concept of online art sales.

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Dinesh Vazirani – Saffronart

3 February 2010

In this episode of the podcast, we talk with Dinesh Vazirani, Co-founder and Director of Saffronart, the Mumbai-based online auction house and gallery. Dinesh starts by discussing the performance of the Indian art market in 2009 and to what extent it aligned with his own personal expectations. Then, he addresses the heavy presence of speculators that existed in the Indian art market and what kind of threat they are to the health of the Indian art market. After, Dinesh dissects the major changes to the Indian art collector base over the past decade. Additionally, Dinesh shares his outlook for the Indian art market for 2010, why Saffronart’s online model has been so successful and lastly whether or not Saffronart will auction off U.S. and European art in the future.

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