Art Market Podcasts

Interviews with leaders and innovators in the global art industry

Chris Allen & Filippo Guerrini-Maraldi – R K Harrison

9 October 2012

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Chris Allen, Executive Director of Professional Risks, and Filippo Guerrini-Maraldi, Executive Director of the Fine Art Team, both from RK Harrison. First, they discuss their brand new professional indemnity insurance policy for art dealers as well as some of the different costs it could potentially cover for an art dealer. Then, Chris and Filippo detail how the product works step-by-step, if a dealer is sued.  Lastly, they talk about why the art world has become such a litigious environment and consequently why they have developed this unique insurance product.

Serge Tiroche – Art Vantage

5 October 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Serge Tiroche, co-founder of Art Vantage, returns to the podcast to tell us about his new art fund. Unlike most art funds, Serge tells us how Art Vantage transformed from an art collection he acquired into an art investment fund. He also explains why it is important, in an ordinarily non-transparent industry, to display the entire collection on the fund’s website. Serge discusses the advantages of purchasing contemporary art from emerging art markets instead of traditional marketplaces. Lastly, he shares his thoughts on the state of the art market and if he has any concerns about the economy impacting it in a negative fashion.

Sophie Macpherson – Sophie Macpherson Ltd

26 September 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Sophie Macpherson, founder of Sophie Macpherson Ltd, the leading recruitment agency for jobs in the global art market. First, while the art market has recovered substantially since the downturn in 2008 and 2009, Sophie addresses if the art jobs market has rebounded in similar fashion. Then, she offers a plethora of advice to prospective new comers who are interested in pursuing a career in the art world. Lastly, Sophie identifies recent developments in the art world that have led to the creation of new job opportunities.


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Boris Pevzner – Collectrium

13 September 2012

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Boris Pevzner, founder of Collectrium, the #1 Cloud-Based Art Inventory Management Platform in the art world, joins us to talk about his company. First, Boris talks about his inventory management platform and how galleries, collectors and fairs uniquely utilize his services. Then, he addresses why cloud-based systems are so advantageous, especially within the art world. Also, given his knowledge of art and technology, Boris breaks down the online art marketplace and where in the art market he believes certain companies can find success.

Ezra Konvitz – ArtStack

5 September 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Ezra Konvitz, co-founder of ArtStack, a site which allows users to discover and share art amongst each other, joins us to talk about his new social platform. First, Ezra explains in detail how users can go about sharing their favorite artworks as well as following different users on the site to discover new artworks or artists. Then, Ezra shares his thoughts on why, previous to ArtStack, the art world lacked the presence of an online social network. He also addresses the diverse community of members on the site and how having users from all different aspects of the art world has enhanced the overall community.  Presently, ArtStack is an invitation-only site, however ArtTactic Podcast listeners can sign up for ArtStack by clicking here:

Spencer Hyman – Artfinder

5 August 2012

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Spencer Hyman, founder and CEO of Artfinder, the world’s largest online art catalogue. First, Spencer familiarizes us with Artfinder and details the different services his online company provides its users. Having worked at Amazon and, Spencer has been a part of two different transformations that changed how books and music were consumed online. Given these experiences, we asked him what is it about the art world that makes him feel a similar online metamorphisis is possible. Also, Spencer shares his thoughts on why online art sales haven’t taken off thus far and if there is potential for it too going forward.

Paul Aitken – Borro

23 July 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Paul Aitken, founder and CEO of Borro, a new lending company who provides short-term personal asset loans against luxury goods such as fine art. First, Paul elaborates on the potential for growth within the art finanicng industry and explains how different entities within the art world are borrowing against their art. Then, he discusses how Borro has differentiated itself from other art lenders by creating a niche for themselves by offering loans even at the lower end of the market. Lastly, Paul details to what extent current economic conditions are influencing his valuations for different luxury goods.

Meg Maggio – Pekin Fine Arts

17 July 2012

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Meg Maggio, Director of Pekin Fine Arts, a Beijing-based contemporary art gallery, to talk about the state of the Chinese contemporary art market. First, Meg elaborates on the excitement currently in China to identify the next generation of rising artist stars and how similar this validation system is to the process in the US and Europe. Then, she describes to what extent her gallery’s Asian clients have embraced collecting US and European art. Also, Meg offers offers some advice to international galleries trying to sell their artworks to Asian collectors at Asian art fairs.  Lastly, Meg talks about how much the Chinese art market has changed in the last two decades.

Kelly Crow – Wall Street Journal

10 July 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Kelly Crow, art market reporter for the Wall Street Journal, joins us to recap the London June Contemporary auctions. First, Kelly breaks down the results of the auctions, while noting buying trends that emerged from the sales. Then, she discusses to what effect the European economic crisis impacted the sales. Also, dissecting the day sales, Kelly notes the softening lower end of the market as buyers become more selective.

David Arendt – Natural Le Coultre SA

29 June 2012

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, David Arendt, General Manager of Natural Le Coultre SA, joins us to talk about the future Luxembourg Freeport which is expected to be complete in 2014. First, David analyzes the tax benefits of storing artwork and other goods within a freeport. Then, he walks us through a hypothetical scenario describing the process in which a dealer brings a work into the freeport, sells the work within the freeport and the new owner of the work leaves with the artwork. Additionally, David discusses the important of the freeport being located within the airport, while also detailing the different services offered within the freeport. Lastly, David describes the Luxembourg government’s role throughout the development of the freeport.