Art Market Podcasts

Interviews with leaders and innovators in the global art industry

Rachel Bers – The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

21 January 2021

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Rachel Bers, director of the grant making program at The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. First, Rachel shares the history of the foundation and the motivation for Andy Warhol founding it upon his death. Then, she explains the different types of grants the foundation gives to arts organizations. Also, Rachel tells us how the foundation’s granting activities have changed in response to the pandemic.

Scott Reyburn – Art Market Journalist

14 January 2021

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Scott Reyburn, art market journalist who frequently writes in The New York Times and The Art Newspaper, joins us to discuss the red chip art phenomenon, a new term he coined to describe the art by younger artists that have appeared at auction selling for staggering amounts. First, Scott tells us about the term he coined and the corresponding phenomenon happening at auction. Then, Scott identifies some of the noticeable differences between this current art market cycle and previous ones. Also, he discusses the role that Instagram is playing in the art market to push demand and prices for art by emerging artists. Further, Scott explains why the current market has some questioning art as an alternative asset and shares if insiders believe this current trend will continue for the next few years.

Zachary Small – The New York Times

8 January 2021

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Zachary Small, contributor at The New York Times, joins us to discuss looming increased regulations in the US antiquities market. First, Zachary tells us about the National Defense Authorization Act passed by US Congress which includes new regulations for the antiquities market. Then, he reveals how much push back there has been from the art trade, who generally prefer a more opaque marketplace. Also, Zachary shares if the extent of illicit sales of antiquities is truly known. Finally, he offers a timeline for when the regulations may be implemented.

Nate Freemen – Artnet

18 December 2020

In this end of year episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Nate Freeman, Senior Art Business Reporter at Artnet. First, Nate shares his top storylines of the art market in 2020. Then, he identifies Avery Singer, Nicolas Party, Harold Ancart, Titus Kaphar, Simone Leigh, Amoako Boafo and Matthew Wong as the biggest artist market winners of the past year. Also, Nate reveals which segment of the market was the weakest this past year. Lastly, Nate shares a bold prediction for the art market in 2021.

Katya Kazakina

10 December 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, art market reporter Katya Kazakina joins us to recap this past week’s major contemporary auctions. First, Katya discusses the incredible high prices achieved during the auctions by several younger and mid-career artists and why it has prompted talk of a bubble in the contemporary art market. Then, she touches on museums’ interest in artists of color and female artists and how that is impacting demand for their work on the primary and secondary market. Katya has also been monitoring the significantly high number of deaccessioning occurring at museums during the pandemic and explains why some incidents have been more controversial than others. Finally, as the year is winding down and we look ahead to 2021, Katya gives us a sense of what peoples’ expectations for the art market are moving forward.

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Mary McCauley – The Baltimore Sun

16 November 2020

In this week’s edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Mary McCauley, arts report for The Baltimore Sun, joins us to discuss the Baltimore Museum of Art’s controversial attempt to deaccession three paintings from the museum’s permanent collection. First, Mary tells us about the paintings by Andy Warhol, Brice Marden and Clyfford Still and their history with the museum’s collection. Then, she reveals what the museum’s motivation was to sell the paintings and why they ultimately decided against it. Also, she speculates why the museum received such intense scrutiny while other museums haven’t. Lastly, Mary tells us how the residents of Baltimore felt about the museum’s controversial decision.

Susan J. Mumford – ArtAML

9 November 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Susan J. Mumford, CEO and co-founder of ArtAML, a technology company that provides anti-money laundering checks and expertise for the art market. First, Susan explains what anti-money laundering is and details the new major AML regulation in Europe that is starting to impact the art world. Then, she walk us through how art transactions are changing as a result of the new regulations. Also, Susan explains how ArtAML’s tools make it easier for businesses to comply with AML regulations. Further, Susan tells us about the extent of regulations outside of Europe and art markets in other regions are following certain AML practices.

Reena Devi – CoBo Social

29 October 2020

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Reena Devi, arts journalist and critic, joins us to discuss her recent article in CoBo Social about the lack of innovation in the art fair experience. First, Reena recaps the online art fair experience since the pandemic started and details how different fairs are approaching their online platforms. Then, she shares what motivated her to write an article on the lack of evolution of the art fair experience. Also, Reena explains why she believes the online art fairs actually reveal a larger problem pertaining to art fairs. Further, Reena identifies some of the reasons why we haven’t seen major progress in the art fair experience in a long time. Lastly, she looks ahead to the future of art fairs and if she expects more of the same or real innovation.

Behind The Report: Then & Now: The YBAs

19 October 2020

In this edition of Behind The Report, Adam Green previews our brand new series of reports, Then & Now, that will explore how different artist groups or movements from the past are faring in today’s auction market. In this first edition of the series, we look at the group of Young British Artists (YBAs) who emerged during the 1990s and in particular, those artists that participated in the infamous Sensation exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1997. This includes Damien Hirst, Jenny Saville, Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Glenn Brown, Marc Quinn, Sarah Lucas and many others.

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