Terry Huang – Motif Art Group

9 March 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast we speak with Dr Terry Huang, managing partner of Motif Art Group, an art investment group that manages several art funds. After introducing Motif’s art funds, Terry discusses how Chinese investors differ from US and European investors when it comes to participating in art funds. He then elaborates on the future of the art fund industry within China. Also, Terry speculates on the sustainability of the substantial growth of the Chinese art market as well as what fundamental changes he would like to see in the marketplace.

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Cristina Ruiz – The Art Newspaper

1 March 2012

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Cristina Ruiz, editor-at-large of The Art Newspaper, joins us to talk about completing the Hirst Spot Challenge by attending all 11 worldwide Gagosian Damien Hirst Spot exhibitions. First, Cristina tells us why seeing so many spot paintings, which she describes as luxury items, actually had no impact on her perception of the works. From an art market perspective, she argues this global series of exhibitions can only positively impact Hirst’s market, in large part due to his unique market structure. Also, Cristina shares how she humorously customized her Damien Hirst print and whether or not she would ever consider selling it.

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Josh Baer – The Baer Faxt

22 February 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Josh Baer, writer and publisher of The Baer Faxt, the art industry newsletter, returns to the podcast to recap last week’s Contemporary London auctions with us.  With the sales producing a cumulative total that was the second highest for London contemporary sales since June 2008, Josh shares to what extent the results aligned with the market’s expectations. Then, Josh elaborates on the impressive prices achieved by Gerhard Richter recently at auction while breaking down the artist’s market in detail. Also, he shares buyer trends from the London sales while providing his expectations for the May Contemporary sales in New York.

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Neha Kirpal – India Art Fair

17 February 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Neha Kirpal, Director of the India Art Fair, returns to the podcast to recap the India Art Fair. First, Neha provides us with some interesting statistics regarding this year’s fair, including overall attendance figures. Then, she touches on the international presence of galleries exhibiting at the fair and why this is important to the future of the fair and the Indian art market. Lastly, Neha discusses to what extent the large number of visitors are turning into art buyers and collectors.

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Neha Kirpal – India Art Fair

17 February 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Neha Kirpal, Director of the India Art Fair, returns to the podcast to recap the India Art Fair. First, Neha provides us with some interesting statistics regarding this year’s fair, including overall attendance figures. Then, she touches on the international presence of galleries exhibiting at the fair and why this is important to the future of the fair and the Indian art market. Lastly, Neha discusses to what extent the large number of visitors are turning into art buyers and collectors

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Rüdiger Weng – Weng Fine Art

10 February 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Rudiger Weng, CEO of Weng Fine Art, about becoming a publicly traded company with shares of Weng Fine Art trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. First, Rudy explains Weng Fine Art’s unique business model as well as his motivation for becoming a publicly trading company. Then, he shares how his peers within the art world have reacted to his decision to take Weng Fine Art public. Rudy also speculates as to whether or not other art companies in the  future will follow suit and become public companies.

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Andy Augenblick – Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance

30 January 2012

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Andy Augenblick, President of Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance. First, Andy touches on the shift in collectors’ confidence in art compared to other financial instruments and how that has impacted art financing activities. Then, he describes the range of different types of individuals who tend to lend against their artwork. Also, looking ahead, Andy identifies some art market trends he expects to continue in 2012.

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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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Katya Kazakina – Bloomberg News

13 December 2011

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Katya Kazakina, art market reporter for Bloomberg News, joins us to recap last week’s Art Basel Miami Beach. Katya begins by discussing how strong sales were at the fair this year as well as discussing what the overall mood was like in regard to the state of the contemporary art market. She also elaborates on the idea of the disconnect between the art and financial markets and to what extent that concept was on the mind of collectors in Miami. Katya also touches on some noticeable trends on the type of art on display at the fair and the interesting trend of blue-chip collectors beginning to significantly collect emerging artists.

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Michael Moses – Mei Moses Art Index

6 December 2011

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Professor Michael Moses returns to the podcast to analyze the most recent Contemporary auctions from a quantitative perspective. First, Michael describes the success of the sales from a financial viewpoint, including comparing the compound annual return of repeat sale artworks from the auctions to the returns that would have been achieved if the purchasers had invested instead in the S&P 500. Also, he touches on the substantial disparity between the performance of the Evening and Day sales as well as why marking to market is the single best predictor of a work at auction which has previously sold at auction. Lastly, Michael argues why short-term trading on the art market is a losing strategy.

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