Art Market Podcasts

Interviews with leaders and innovators in the global art industry

Lydia Melamed Johnson – The Photography Show

8 April 2024

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Lydia Melamed Johnson, executive director of AIPAD and director of The Photography Show, occurring April 25 – 28, 2024 at the Park Avenue Armory. First, Lydia shares details about the history of The Photography Show and how it differs from other art fairs. Then, she identifies some of the new trends we are witnessing from emerging photographers. Also, Lydia reveals to what extent the proliferation of social media and the iPhone is impacting the photography market. Lastly, she addresses how photography dealers are promoting photographers to mainstream contemporary collectors.

Lisa Movius – The Art Newspaper

1 April 2024

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast we recap this year’s edition of Art Basel Hong Kong with Lisa Movius, China bureau chief at The Art Newspaper. First, Lisa explains why this year’s fair was a make-or-break one for the Hong Kong art world. Then she reveals the broader health of the Chinese economy and how it is impacting local collectors’ collecting habits. After, Lisa provides her takeaways from Art Basel Hong Kong and shares why so many young Asian collectors were present this year. Lastly, Lisa speculates how the remaining of the year will go for the Chinese art market.

José Da Silva – The Art Newspaper

26 March 2024

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we breakdown The Art Newspaper’s annual survey of museums with José da Silva, exhibitions editor at The Art Newspaper. First, José shares his methodology for gathering attendance data from museums around the world. Then, he reminds us how difficult COVID was for museums and how much attendance suffered during that time. Next, he identifies some of the major takeaways from this year’s annual survey. After, he reveals if blockbuster exhibitions are still a high priority for museums. Lastly, he tells us what geographical trends he observed in this year’s data.

Margaret Carrigan – Artnet News

12 March 2024

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we recap the March London auctions with Margaret Carrigan, news editor at Artnet News. First, Margaret clarifies what the market sentiment was like heading into the London auctions. Then, she reveals how the auctions performed on an overall level. After, she identifies some of the key artwork results from the sales. Additionally, she speculates the current mood of the market heading out of the auction season. Lastly, she helps provide an early preview for the major New York May auctions.

James Fuentes – James Fuentes

28 February 2024

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with James Fuentes, owner of James Fuentes. First, we ask James about what went into the decision to open a gallery space in Los Angeles (in addition to their existing New York space) as well as what appealed to him about the LA art scene. Then, he discussed the similarities and differences between working with the younger artists at the gallery versus the very established artists and artist estates. After, James discusses the broader state of the art market at this time as we head into Frieze LA week. Also, he identifies some of the differences between the New York and Los Angeles art markets. Lastly, James previews his upcoming exhibition at the Los Angeles gallery, a solo exhibition of work by the artist Geoffrey Holder.

Jori Finkel – The New York Times

24 February 2024

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Jori Finkel, who covers art in L.A. as a regular writer for The New York Times and is also the West Coast Contributing Editor for the Art Newspaper. First, Jori shares with us how the LA art scene feels about the incredible growth it has experienced over the past few years. Then, she identifies the driving forces behind the recent gallery expansion in LA and also reveals if there is any concern about the long term sustainability of these galleries. Also, Jori discusses the positive impact of the increasing population of artists in LA. Additionally, she explains why Frieze week has become the most important week of the year on the LA art calendar. Lastly, she notes a few misconceptions about the LA art scene.

Leslie Ramos – Philanthropy in the Arts: A Game of Give and Take

14 February 2024

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast we’re joined by Leslie Ramos, author of the new book Philanthropy in the Arts: A Game of Give and Take. First, Leslie explains why museums are in the midst of a financial crisis and how they arrived at this point. Then, she reveals to what extent the COVID pandemic exacerbated museums’ financial standings. After, Leslie shares why major gifts are being heavily scrutinized recently and speculates if this trend will continue. She then touches on the looming intergenerational change in wealth and how museums can prepare for this from a philanthropy perspective. Lastly, Leslie shares advice both for museums and individuals regarding philanthropy in the arts.

Tim Schneider – The Gray Market

7 February 2024

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Tim Schneider, the writer behind the Gray Market and the acting art market editor at The Art Newspaper. Tim shares his art market predictions for 2024, which touch on auction sales, fallout from the Israel-Hamas war, Patrick Drahi’s ownership of Sotheby’s, the consolidation of art fairs and AI-powered image generator.

 

Julia Halperin – The Art Newspaper

15 January 2024

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast we speak with Julia Halperin, freelance journalist, co-founder of the Burns Halperin Report and columnist for the Art Newspaper. First, Julia discusses the increasing trend of museum curators moving into gallery positions. Then, she identifies some of the primary reasons why we are seeing this exodus. Also, Julia explains why art professionals in other roles within museums are also fleeing for commercial galleries. Lastly, she speculates what this trend may mean for the future of the museum space.

 

Magnus Renfrew – ART SG

8 January 2024

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we preview this year’s edition of ART SG with Magnus Renfrew, co-founder of the fair. First, Magnus identifies some of the primary reasons for the surge in interest in Singapore from the art world. Then, he compares Singapore’s art ecosystem to some other flourishing regions in Asia. Also, Magnus discusses exhibitors’ different strategies for ART SG as well as their approach to Singapore. Further, he clarifies how exhibiting galleries are feeling about the art market as we begin 2024.

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