Ben Stein – Museum of Street Art: East Village

26 November 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Ben Stein, author of the new book Museum of Street Art: East Village. First, Ben shares the history of street art and graffiti. Then, he explains how and why he systematically photographed the street art in the East Village over 14 straight hours to capture a snapshot of the “exhibit”. Also, Ben describes the East Village’s history with street art and how it differs from other neighborhoods in New York City. Additionally, Ben identifies some of the most prominent street artists in the East Village as well as some of the lesser known ones.

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Nate Freeman – Artsy

20 November 2018

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Nate Freeman, art market report for Artsy, joins us to recap last week’s New York contemporary auctions. First, Nate touches on David Hockney becoming the most expensive living artist with his $90.3 million sale of his Portrait of an Artist. Then, he discusses why we saw softening at the top of the market and strength in the middle market. Also, Nate breaks down the surging prices for undervalued African American artists and Kaws. Lastly, he shares the sentiment of the contemporary art market as we head towards Art Basel Miami.

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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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Ronnie Pirovino

5 November 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Ronnie Pirovino, who is recognized as one of the most prolific collectors of Kaws’ work, joins us ahead of Heritage Auctions’ The Toy Collection of Ronnie K. Pirovino sale on November 7th, featuring 118 lots containing Kaws toys from Ronnie’s personal collection. First, Ronnie tells us why he started collecting Kaws’ work in the early 2000s, well before there was the hype for his art that we see today. Also, he explains how he amassed such a large collection of works by Kaws during that time, when Kaws was not a part of the gallery system like traditional artists. Then, Ronnie shares what resonated so strongly with him in Kaws’ work and artist statement that motivated him to acquire hundreds of works. Next, Ronnie speaks about what is so special about the Kaws collecting community, which some have compared to a cult, and how he organically became a leader within it who has made himself accessible to others who have questions about the artist’s work. Lastly, Ronnie discusses the issue of the proliferation of bootlegs or fakes and why he wants his sale to be an opportunity for Kaws collectors to acquire works without having to worry about a questionable provenance.

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Bernadine Brocker – Vastari

29 October 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Bernadine Brocker, founder and CEO of Vastari, a company that connects curators, collectors, producers and venues for exhibition loans and tours, joins us to discuss findings from their recently published reports on museum trends in the art world.

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Jim Hedges – Hedges Projects

16 October 2018

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Jim Hedges, of Hedges Projects, joins us to discuss Outsider Art, art made by self-taught artists. First, Jim explains what art qualifies as Outsider Art and describes how it looks aesthetically. Then, he details how Outsider Art artists started being recognized even though they operated outside of the art establishment. Also, Jim discusses how the market for Outsider Art has evolved over the past few years.

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Colin Gleadell – The Daily Telegraph

10 October 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Colin Gleadell, art market columnist for The Daily Telegraph and art market reporter for Artnet, joins us to discuss last week’s major London contemporary auctions at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips. First, Colin recounts what it was like to be in Sotheby’s salesroom when Banksy’s Balloon with Girl self-destructed. Then, he speculates if Banksy was at the sale and if Sotheby’s was aware of the ploy. Also, Colin breaks down the auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s and tells us where the art market stands after the auctions.

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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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Asher Edelman – Artemus

24 September 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Asher Edelman, founding member and CEO of Artemus, an art financing and leasing company, joins us to catch-up on the latest activities in the art financing space as well as discuss the current state of the art market. First, Asher reveals the increased lending activity at Artemus and speculates why he believes the art world is more receptive to art financing than it was previously. With the art market starting up again with art fairs, auctions and gallery shows after the annual summer hiatus, Asher tells us why he’s concerned about the short-term future of the art market, in large part due to non-Western collectors potentially leaving the marketplace. Also, Asher reveals why he’s tracking the number of 3rd party guarantors who are winning artworks at auction.

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Hannah Elliott – Bloomberg

17 September 2018

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, the biggest event of the year in the classic car market. First, Hannah tells us about the headline grabbing 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for $48.4 million, the highest price ever for a car at auction. Hannah shares the history of the car and why it set an auction record. Then, she sets the scene for us in Monterey, explaining how many auctions occurred and how many cars were sold. Next, Hannah describes the health of the classic car market following the auctions, including which brands outperformed and which ones experienced softening. Lastly, Hannah touches on if wealthy Asian individuals are penetrating the car market, like they are the art market, how car companies are levering the auction week to debut new cars, and if we are seeing some collectors who collect both art and classic cars.

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