Iain Robertson – New Art, New Markets

11 September 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Dr Iain Robertson, head of art business at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, joins us to discuss his new book, New Art, New Market, exploring several emerging contemporary art markets. First, Iain explains why he decided to write the book now and identifies which geographies he explores in the book. Then, he tells us which markets he is feeling most bullish about and which ones have him most concerned. Also, Iain discusses the extent to which western art collectors are collecting artists from emerging art markets and how that differs from a decade ago before the economic crisis. Lastly, he explains government’s ideal role in the development of a nascent contemporary art market.

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Christine Bourron – Pi-ex

30 August 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Christine Bourron, CEO of Pi-eX, a firm that offers financial instruments based on art in the art market. First, Christine introduces us to contract on future sales, a product that enables sellers to pre-sell a percentage of their artwork to investors in advance of their artwork heading to auction. Then, Christine argues why this is a superior product to traditional third party guarantees offered by auction houses. Also, she explains why investors interested in this product won’t be limited to art world insiders.

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Scott Lynn – Masterworks

17 August 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Scott Lynn, founder of Masterworks, a startup that allows investors to buy and trade in shares of artworks. First, as an active collector, Scott tells us what motivated him to launch a company that provides others with the opportunity to have fractional ownership in artworks. Then, he walks us through how Masterworks works, including how they acquire their artworks for the platform and how individuals can purchase and trade shares of an artwork. Also, Scott reveals why they chose artworks by Andy Warhol and Claude Monet as the first two on the platform. Lastly, he discusses his plans to eventually establish a physical gallery where viewers can see the art on the platform in person and have the opportunity to purchase shares of the artwork on the spot.

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Rachel Corbett – Artnet

1 August 2018

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Rachel Corbett, deputy editor at Artnet News, joins us to discuss the alarming trend of decreasing gallery attendance. First, Rachel explains the extent to which visitor attendance is declining at art galleries. Then, she identifies some of the primary reasons why this is occurring. Also, Rachel reveals the measures galleries are taking to reverse this trend. Lastly, she speculates on what the future may look like for brick-and-mortar galleries if this trend continues.

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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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Patrick van der Vorst – ValueMyStuff

29 June 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Patrick van der Vorst, CEO of ValueMyStuff, an online appraisal company, joins us to update us on the appraisals market. First, Patrick tells us about his experiences at Sotheby’s and what inspired him to found Value My Stuff in 2009. Then, he identifies some of the major changes in the appraisals space since we last had him on the podcast five years ago. Then, Patrick reveals how many of the appraisals generated at ValueMyStuff are by individuals trying to figure out what something is worth versus repeat customers getting updated appraisals because of shifts in the market. Lastly, Patrick shares some of the most fascinating findings from ArtTactic and ValueMyStuff’s recently published Valuations & Appraisals Market Report.

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Judd Tully

21 June 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Judd Tully, veteran art market reporter, joins us to recap last week’s edition of Art Basel. First, Judd comments on the trend seen in recent years in which several galleries are bringing high-value artworks at a level previously unseen at the fair. Then, Judd reveals if the recent and overdue commercial growth for African American and female artists continued at the fair. Also, he touches on some of the interesting topics discussed amongst insiders at the fair, including a London art advisor who has been scamming deals and advisors, the response to Art Basel Unlimited and the high degree of pre-selling that occurred before the fair. Lastly, Judd describes the current health of the contemporary art market and tells us if there is any reason for concern.

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Anders Petterson and Zohar Elhanani – ArtTactic and MutualArt

15 June 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Anders Petterson, founder and managing director of ArtTactic, and Zohar Elhanani, CEO of MutualArt, join us to discuss the importance of data and transparency in the art market. First, Anders reflects on his experiences in the art market over the past two decades and describes the level of increased access to data and market transparency since then. After, Zohar, having a diverse background with significant experience outside of the art world, explains what the art world can learn from other industries who have experienced transformations in how data is leveraged. Then, they identify what kind of additional data and improved transparency the market is seeking. Also, they touch on ArtTactic and MutualArt’s new partnership surrounding involving advanced analytics to participants in ArtTactic’s ArtForecaster competitions.

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Bill Charron And Megan Noh – Court of Arbitration for Art

5 June 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Bill Charron, partner at Pryor Cashman, and Megan Noh, partner at Cahill Cossu Noh & Robinson join us to discuss the establishment of the Court of Arbitration for Art, a specialized arbitration and mediation tribunal dedicated to resolving art law disputes. First, Bill shares with us the motivation behind founding the Court of Arbitration for Art and why the existing courts are not an ideal place to solve art disputes. Then, Megan walks us through how the Court of Arbitration for Art will work including the process, who will participate and what happens with the results. Also, they reveal why so many attorneys have responded favorably to the founding of the Court of Arbitration for Art, how they plan to get adoption from the art world and what the next steps look like for launching the court.

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Kelly Crow – The Wall Street Journal

30 May 2018

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Kelly Crow, reporter for The Wall Street Journal, joins us to recap the May New York Impressionist & Modern and Post-War & Contemporary auctions. First, Kelly touches on the surprising surge in prices seen at auction for artworks in the middle of the market. Then, she addresses the reasoning for the softening witnessed at the top of the market. Also, Kelly shares a few of the sales results that made her say “wow”. Then, she discusses the incredible prices achieved for the lots donated by African American artist at Sotheby’s for the Studio Museum in Harlem and if a bubble may be emerging for some of these artists. Lastly, Kelly explains why Sean Combs’ $21 million purchase of Kerry James Marshall’s Past Times may be the start of some much needed diversity in the art collecting community.

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