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ArtTactic

The ArtTactic Podcast, the leading podcast on the art market, covers a wide range of topics from art investment to general topics about the global art market industry. Each episode features an in-depth interview with a key art market figure.

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Kenneth Schlenker on ArtList's spot in the art eCommerce industry

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast we chat with Kenneth Schlenker, co-founder and CEO of ArtList, a startup online private art sales website. First, Kenneth tells us how they are effectively utilizing Instagram to attract collectors to their site. Then, he explains why he believes a bubble has emerged in the art e-commerce sector of the art market. Also, Kenneth tells us how he feels about ArtList selling artworks by younger, emerging artists. Lastly, Kenneth talks about the challenges ArtList and other art eCommerce sites face if they wish to flourish in the long-term.

17mins

2 Dec 2015

Rank #1

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Bloomberg News' Katya Kazakina reflects on the art market in 2016

In this end of the year episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Katya Kazakina, art market reporter for Bloomberg News, reflects on the major events in the art market in 2016. First, Katya selects the contraction of the art market, in particular observed at auction, as the major headline of 2016. Then, she identifies Agnes Martin, Yayoi Kusama, Kerry James Marshall and Harold Ancart as artists who had the best 2016. Also, Katya details Instagram's increasing influence over the past year in terms of how artists are discovered and artworks are sold. Lastly, Katya shares with us how market participants are feeling about the state of the art market as we head into 2017.

27mins

26 Dec 2016

Rank #2

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Javier Lumbreras on successfully managing an art investment fund

In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Javier Lumbreras, CEO of Artemundi Management Limited, joins us to talk about his recently closed art investment fund as well as the art fund industry. First, Javier reflects on his first fund and shares with us his five golden rules for managing a successful art investment fund, a rarity in the art world. Then, Javier identifies some of the challenges and obstacles he faced when launching and managing the fund that he didn’t foresee. Also, he speculates as to why more art funds haven’t successfully launched in the art world given its appeal as an alternative asset. Lastly, given the art market and macroeconomy has changed over the past five years, Javier details to what extent he will modify his strategy and approach for his second fund.

20mins

13 Jan 2017

Rank #3

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The WSJ's Kelly Crow recaps last week's contemporary auctions

In this week's edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Kelly Crow, art market reporter for The Wall Street Journal, joins us to recap last week's major Post-War and Contemporary auctions in New York. First, Kelly addresses the fact that there were few trophy pieces up for auction this season and she speculates if this was due to a lack of estates or if this is a reflection on market sentiment. Then, Kelly identifies some bargain shopping that occurred in the evening sales. Also, she explains why we witnessed several auction records for an older generation of African American artists who are finally being recognized by collectors and museums. Further, Kelly reveals if there is concern about the very quick spike in prices for younger artists at auction and to what extent Asia is pushing up prices for these artists. Lastly, Kelly addresses an unfortunate situation that she is currently reporting on regarding famed collector Donald Bryant.

23mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Judd Tully reviews the art market in 2019

In our end of year 2019 episode, Judd Tully, veteran art market reporter and frequent contributor to ARTnews, joins us to recap the art market in 2019. First, Judd identifies some of the top storylines of 2019 for the art market. Then, he reveals who were some of the biggest winners of the year when we think about artists and their markets. Also, he shares what trends in art defined the year. Additionally, Judd tells us his favorite exhibition of 2019. And lastly, Judd gives us a few bold predictions of the art market in 2020.

27mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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ARTnews' Nate Freeman recaps Frieze and the October contemporary auctions

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Nate Freeman, senior staff writer at ARTnews, joins us to recap last week's Frieze Art Fair as well as the major October contemporary auctions. First, Nate explains why this year's edition of the fair was particularly successful for exhibiting galleries. Then, he discusses the shift in power from galleries to blue-chip artists, who are more frequently calling the shots when it comes to including their artworks in galleries' booths. Also, for those who weren't able to attend Frieze, Nate identifies some of the most talked about artworks from this year's fair. Additionally, Nate shares some of the major takeaways from last week's contemporary auctions in London and speculates where the art market stands at the end of a busy week in London.

19mins

11 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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The Art Newspaper's Gareth Harris on the Venice Biennale and Art Basel

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Gareth Harris, chief contributing editor at The Art Newspaper and contributor to the Financial Times, to help us recap the Venice Biennale and Art Basel. First, Gareth shares his thoughts on this year's the Venice Biennale and he identifies some of the most talked about artists included in this edition. Then, he discusses how Art Basel is different when it coincides with the Venice Biennale and specifically to what extent the Biennale influenced what galleries brought to Art Basel. Gareth tells us how strong sales were at this Art Basel and he even identifies some key sales from the fair. Lastly, Gareth reveals to us what other topics were being discussed by art market insiders at the fair.

16mins

25 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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Shea Goli and Patrick van der Vorst on Paddle8's first live streaming auctions

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Paddle8's Shea Goli, head of the London contemporary sale, and Patrick van der Vorst, UK CEO, update us on the online auction house following its merger with Auctionata as well as share news about their first live streaming auctions. First, six months after the announced merger with Auctionata, Patrick and Shea tell us the ways in which Paddle8 has benefited from joining with competitor Auctionata. Then, they highlight areas of strength and weakness in the mid-market, where the majority of the art market operates. Additionally, with major auction houses recently launching eCommerce platforms, Shea and Patrick reveal Paddle's pitch to persuade consignors to sell with them. Also, they tell us about their upcoming Paddle8 Pad, a set of live streaming auctions and why they decided to pursue the live sales format. Lastly, they highlight some lots from their inaugural lives sales.

9mins

29 Nov 2016

Rank #8

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The Wharton School's Jerry Wind on Sotheby's Going Private

In this week's episode, we're joined by professor Jerry Wind, the Lauder Professor Emeritus and Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and co-author of Can Art Aid in Resolving Conflicts. First, we discuss the recent news of Sotheby's being purchased and transforming from a publicly traded auction house to a privately owned business. Jerry explains some of the ways being a public company may have been prohibitive for Sotheby's. Also, he shares how he envisions their business evolving. Further, Jerry tells us how Sotheby's and its rival Christie's may compete against each other now that both are private firms. Then, we discuss Jerry's new book, Can Art Aid in Resolving Conflicts and he identifies some of the most notable examples of when art played a role in resolving conflicts or building bridges among opposing groups.

19mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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Sotheby's Noah Wunsch on e-commerce growth in the art market

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we're joined by Noah Wunsch, global head of e-commerce at Sotheby's. First, Noah discusses the importance of brand innovation and how he has worked to bring that to Sotheby's, a firm that already possesses such a valuable and established brand. Then, he shares how much growth Sotheby's has had on the e-commerce platform over the past few years. Also, Noah touches on what it was like to incorporate such a large e-commerce platform to such a historic business like Sotheby's. Then, he identifies the top performing categories on the e-commerce platform and he reveals what he would say to a potential consignor who is reluctant to sell their art in an e-commerce sale.

20mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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ARTnews' Nate Freeman recaps The Armory Show

In this week's edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Nate Freeman, senior staff writer at ARTnews, joins us to recap the The Armory Show which occurred this past weekend in New York City. First, Nate touches on Benjamin Genocchio's impact on this year's fair in his first full year as director. Then, he shares his reporting on the evolution of the popular Kusama installation at this year's fair. Also, Nate discusses the level of sales at this year's edition of The Armory Show as well as how the market is feeling after the weekend. Lastly, Nate provides us with his thoughts on some of the other fairs taking place this weekend.

17mins

7 Mar 2017

Rank #11

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Arteia's Philippe Gellman on managing art collections

In this week's edition of the ArtTactic Podcast we chat with Philippe Gellman, founder and CEO of Arteia, a technology platform that functions as collection management, provenance tracking and a marketplace for buyers and sellers. First, Philippe shares his vision for Arteia and what its role can be in the art market. Then, he explains what differentiates his platform from others that already exist in the art market. Also, Philippe reveals how they plan on building a marketplace where buyers and sellers can transact directly. Lastly, Philippe clarifies why they are using an initial coin offering to raise funds for the company.

16mins

7 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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Artnet News' Nate Freeman recaps Art Basel Miami Beach

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Nate Freeman, senior art business reporter for Artnet News, joins us to recap this year's edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. First, Nate discusses how Maurizio Cattelan's $120,000 banana took over the fair and why this fair will forever be known as "Banana Basel". Then, Nate shares his thoughts on the overall fair and how the strong the art and market was during the week. Also, he identifies artists, besides Cattelan, who had important weeks at the fair. Further, Nate explains how successful the inaugural exhibition was at the new Rubell Family Collection museum.

20mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Author Don Thompson on his latest art market book, The Orange Balloon Dog

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Don Thompson, economist and professor of marketing and strategy at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, joins us to discuss his brand new book, The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market. First, Don discusses the significance of Jeff Koons' Orange Balloon Dog, which appears in the title of his book, and why the sale of it exemplifies some of the key concepts in his book. Then, he discusses the idea of nudging, a behavioral science concept made famous by Richard Thaler, and how it manifests itself in the art market. Also, Don explains why he believes a bubble is brewing in the current contemporary art market. Lastly, Don speaks with us on the significance of the Leonardo da Vinci Salvator Mundi painting upcoming for auction this week in Christie's Post-War and Contemporary sale.

17mins

13 Nov 2017

Rank #14

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Verisart's Robert Norton on using blockchain technology for art authentication

In this week's edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we chat with Robert Norton, CEO of Verisart, a company that certifies art authenticity through blockchain technology. First, Robert reveals how the company has grown since we initially had him on the podcast in 2016. Then, he identifies some of the important partnerships the company has had with auction houses, eCommerce platforms and even artists, that has enabled the company to grow. Also, Robert discusses the timeline for when the art world will have a technological solution that is widely used to resolve art authenticity issues.

21mins

14 May 2019

Rank #15

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Advisor Anne Bruder gives advice on collecting contemporary art

In this week's edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we're joined by Anne Bruder, founder of Anne Bruder Art, a New York-based art advisory firm specializing in contemporary art. First, Anne shares with us how she helps new collectors figure out what kind of art they like and want to have in their collections. Then, she reveals how often her clients consider the investment component of a potential acquisition and what advice she gives her clients who ask about art as an investment. Also, Anne explains the best strategy for collectors who are trying to get in the front of a gallery waiting list for a hot artist. Lastly, Anne lists some emerging artists she's currently excited about and advising her clients to consider for their collections.

16mins

22 Feb 2018

Rank #16

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Serge Tiroche updates us on his art investment fund Art Vantage

In this week's edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Serge Tiroche, co-founder of Art Vantage, an art investment fund focused on contemporary art from emerging art markets, joins us to update us on his fund. First, Serge details the performance of his fund, which launched in 2011. Then, he reveals how the development of several emerging art markets has impacted his ability to opportunistically acquire artworks from these markets. Also, Serge shares some lessons he has learned from being one of the few successful art investment fund managers. Lastly, Serge speculates on the future of the niche art investment fund space.

16mins

14 Mar 2017

Rank #17

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ArtRunners' Daniel Lever on disrupting the art logistics market

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Daniel Lever, co-founder and CEO of ArtRunners, an online startup focusing on art logistics services, joins us. First, Daniel discusses why the current process of finding art logistics is antiquated and in need of innovation. Then, he tells us about the services ArtRunners provides. Also, Daniel explains why ArtRunners will bring much needed competition between art logistics services.

11mins

4 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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Francesco Gibbi's Lot-Art makes it easier to find artworks up for auction

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Francesco Gibbi, founder of Lot-Art, an online portal that aggregates artworks upcoming for auction as well as after-sale opportunities. First, Francesco explains Lot-Art works and how it solves for the dilemma collectors and dealers face when trying to ensure they don't miss anything they desire upcoming at auction. Then, he shares some interesting art market trends based on aggregated data he has from his users. Also, Francesco shares with us why he doesn't charge his customers to use his site, but instead is content not profiting off of his platform.

12mins

17 Aug 2017

Rank #19

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Acquavella's Michael Findlay on his new book about seeing art the right way

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Michael Findlay, director at Acquavella Galleries, joins us to discuss his brand new book Seeing Slowly: Looking at Modern Art. First, Michael tells us how he believes people should view art in order to get the best experience. Then, he explains why his advice is just as applicable to those in the art world as those outside of it. Also, Michael discusses how the proliferation of Instagram in the art world has positively and negatively impacted how people consume art. Lastly, Michael reveals how his thoughts on seeing art transfers to collectors who are considering buying an artwork for their collection.

17mins

7 Nov 2017

Rank #20