Katya Kazakina – Bloomberg News

22 November 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Katya Kazakina, art market reporter for Bloomberg News, joins us to recap last week’s major auctions in New York. First, Katya dissects the sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, which sold for $450 million at Christie’s, including expectations leading up to the sale and certain critics calling into question the authenticity of the artwork, and then what it was like to be in the auction room during the sale of the work as well as art market insiders’ initial responses to the sale. Then, Katya identifies several reasons why the market is feeling optimistic after the buoyant auctions, including the increased presence of Asian collectors participating in the sales. Also, she discusses that while abstract art created by emerging artists performed very well over the past few years at auction, we are seeing an increasing number of figurative artworks by emerging artists doing well at auction, including Shara Hughes, Kon Trubkovich, Katherine Bernhardt, Lesley Vance and Nicole Eisenman.

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Don Thompson – The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market

13 November 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Don Thompson, economist and professor of marketing and strategy at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, joins us to discuss his brand new book, The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market. First, Don discusses the significance of Jeff Koons’ Orange Balloon Dog, which appears in the title of his book, and why the sale of it exemplifies some of the key concepts in his book. Then, he discusses the idea of nudging, a behavioral science concept made famous by Richard Thaler, and how it manifests itself in the art market. Also, Don explains why he believes a bubble is brewing in the current contemporary art market. Lastly, Don speaks with us on the significance of the Leonardo da Vinci Salvator Mundi painting upcoming for auction this week in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary sale.

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Michael Findlay – Seeing Slowly: Looking at Modern Art

7 November 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Michael Findlay, director at Acquavella Galleries, joins us to discuss his brand new book Seeing Slowly: Looking at Modern Art. First, Michael tells us how he believes people should view art in order to get the best experience. Then, he explains why his advice is just as applicable to those in the art world as those outside of it. Also, Michael discusses how the proliferation of Instagram in the art world has positively and negatively impacted how people consume art. Lastly, Michael reveals how his thoughts on seeing art transfers to collectors who are considering buying an artwork for their collection.

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Galerie Perrotin – Valentine Blondel

2 November 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Valentine Blondel, director at Galerie Perrotin. First, Valentine talks about the gallery’s move to the Lower East Side in Manhattan and why they were drawn to that area over other neighborhoods in New York City. Then, she discusses the gallery’s strategy for the Asian art market, which includes spaces in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul. Also, Valentine addresses the gallery’s responsibility when artworks by their artists appear at auction and she offers advice for new collectors on how to build a successful collection.

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Pierre Valentine, Tim Maxwell, Craig Davies, Fionnuala Rogers – PAIAM

25 October 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by four guests, Pierre Valentin, partner at Constantine Cannon, Tim Maxwell, partner at Boodle Hatfield, Craig Davies, partner at Rawlinson & Hunter and Fionnuala Rogers, art law consultant at Constantine Cannon, to discuss Brexit’s impact on the UK art market. Specifically, we look at its potential effect on copyright, artist’s resale right, VAT and the trade of endangered species. Each are contributors to a Brexit memoranda published by PAIAM, Professional Advisors to the International Art Market, a networking platform for professionals in the art market.

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Helena Real – .ART Registry

20 October 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Helena Real, head of the London office at the .ART Registry, joins us to discuss the new top-level domain created for the art world. First, Helena explains how they got access to the .art domain. Then, she argues why galleries, artists, auction houses, dealers and others in the art industry should switch from using a website ending in .com to .art. Also, Helena shares some metrics regarding how many and which influencers have adopted the .art domain.

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Nate Freeman – ARTnews

11 October 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Nate Freeman, senior staff writer at ARTnews, joins us to recap last week’s Frieze Art Fair as well as the major October contemporary auctions. First, Nate explains why this year’s edition of the fair was particularly successful for exhibiting galleries. Then, he discusses the shift in power from galleries to blue-chip artists, who are more frequently calling the shots when it comes to including their artworks in galleries’ booths. Also, for those who weren’t able to attend Frieze, Nate identifies some of the most talked about artworks from this year’s fair. Additionally, Nate shares some of the major takeaways from last week’s contemporary auctions in London and speculates where the art market stands at the end of a busy week in London.

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Daniel Lever – ArtRunners

4 October 2017

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Daniel Lever, co-founder and CEO of ArtRunners, an online startup focusing on art logistics services, joins us. First, Daniel discusses why the current process of finding art logistics is antiquated and in need of innovation. Then, he tells us about the services ArtRunners provides. Also, Daniel explains why ArtRunners will bring much needed competition between art logistics services.

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Vivienne Chow

12 September 2017

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Vivienne Chow, award-winning journalist and culture critic at Variety, QZ and the South China Morning Post, joins us to discuss her recent article profiling a new generation of Chinese collectors. First, Vivienne shares some of the common qualities among the young Chinese collectors she profiled and explains what is motivating them to travel outside of China to expand their art exposure and education. Then, she explains why auction houses have served as the primary arts educational tool for Chinese collectors and to what extent this is now changing. Lastly, Vivienne considers how the Chinese art scene will be impacted by collectors expanding their collecting habits to beyond Chinese artists.

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Rob Sass – Porsche Panorama

1 September 2017

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Rob Sass, editor in chief of Porsche Panorama and contributor to The New York Times, joins us to recap last week’s classic car auctions in Monterey. First, Rob explains the importance of the Monterey auctions as a barometer for the health of the classic car market. Then, he recaps some of the major takeaways from the sales and where the classic car market stands at this moment. Also, Rob talks about the expansion of the collector base over the past few years and he touches on if insiders are concerned that autonomous vehicles may negatively impact the future of the classic car market.

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