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Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we're joined by Cristina Olteanu, CEO of Lavacow, the online auction house dedicated to emerging Eastern European art. First, Cristina tells us about Lavacow's unique online auction experience, in which users create avatars and personalize their participation in the sales. Then, she explains why they have focused on emerging Eastern European art as well as the potential for this sector of the market moving forward. Lastly, Cristina discusses some additional, fascinating features of their platform, including reduced buyer's premiums as well as shipping artworks directly from the consignor to the buyer.

  • Interviewee Cristina Olteanu
  • Market/Sector US & Europe
  • Topic Online Art Businesses, Online Art Markets
  • Company Lavacow
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Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

In this week's edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Melanie Gerlis, art market editor at The Art Newspaper, joins us to recap Frieze week in London. First, Melanie discusses the plethora of galleries at this year's Frieze art fair who transformed their booths from the typical white wall spaces to unique settings to exhibit their artworks. Then, she touches on the art flipping phenomenon, specifically explaining the relationship between these buyers and galleries as well as how this dynamic has transformed as many emerging artists' values continue to rise. Lastly, Melanie shares some of her takeaways from the major contemporary auctions that occurred during Frieze week.

  • Year of Birth 1850
  • Nationality Afghan
  • Average Price Range ($) < $10,000
  • Market Confidence Low
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Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Mary Lane, European art market reporter for The Wall Street Journal, joins us to recap last week's London Post-War & Contemporary auctions. First, Mary identifies a trend in the marketplace that was manifested during the sales, in which collectors are more focused on acquiring artworks by younger, millenial artists, rather than lesser quality works by blue-chip artists, and explains why the marketplace reacted to this trend in a positive manner. Then, she discusses how artists, galleries, auction houses and collectors are responding to the recent phenomenon in which several born post-1980 artists are appearing at auction. Lastly, Mary details some of the major reasons why young artists are now appearing at auction at a rate far greater than in the past.    

  • Interviewee Mary Lane
  • Market/Sector US & Europe
  • Topic Auction Analysis, Market Commentary
  • Company The Wall Street Journal
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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece London, joins us to recap this year's edition of the fair. First, Nazy tells us about the unique visitor experience at Masterpiece London as rather than focusing on a single artistic movement, the fair features a variety of objects, including art, antiques, design and jewellery. Then, she elaborates on the cross-collecting that occurs at the fair as a result of the plethora of artworks and objects available for sale. Also, Nazy highlights some of the noteworthy sales from the fair as well as which categires cumulatively performed well.

  • Interviewee Nazy Vassegh
  • Market/Sector US & Europe
  • Topic Art Fairs
  • Company Masterpiece London
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Friday, 27 June 2014 00:00

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, art dealer, writer and curator, Kenny Schachter, returns to the podcast to preview the upcoming Post-War & Contemporary auctions in London. Specifically, Kenny shares his thoughts as well as his predictions for six lots upcoming at auction which are also featured in our ArtTactic Forecaster game, in which contestants play for free, predicting auction prices for artworks coming up for sale. Kenny examines and shares his prediction for Gerhard Richter's Abstraktes Bild (Lot 12) in Sotheby's Evening Sale, Christopher Wool's Untitled (Lot 32) in Christie's Evening Sale, Richard Prince's Untitled (Four Women With Hats) (Lot 75) in Christie's Evening Sale, David Ostrowski's F (Gee Vaucher) (Lot 1) in Phillips' Evening Sale, Wade Guyton's Untitled (Lot 5) in Phillips' Evening Sale and Lucien Smith's Boys Don't Cry (Lot 4) in Phillips' Evening Sale. Lastly, Kenny touches on the significant price differential for young artists in the primary market versus the secondary market and tells us if he were advising a client, when he would and when he wouldn't recommend bidding on artworks by these young artists at auction.  

  • Interviewee Kenny Schachter
  • Market/Sector US & Europe
  • Topic Auction Analysis, Market Commentary
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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

In this week's edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Catherine Edelman, founder of Catherine Edelman Gallery, a prominent, Chicago-based photography gallery, joins us to recap a few recent photography fairs as well as discuss trends occurring in the broader photography market. First, Catherine gives us a sense of the pulse of the photography market at the moment based on her recent experiences exhibiting at the AIPAD photography show and Paris Photo LA. Then, she identifies some of the visual trends she has witnessed recently from contemporary photographers, most notably the mixing of mediums from younger photographers, specifically, photography with paintings, sculpture and video. Also, Catherine interestingly discusses what she calls the "Gursky Effect", in which the mainstream success and appeal of photographers such as Cindy Sherman, Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth have had a positive impact on the broader photography market.

  • Interviewee Catherine Edelman
  • Market/Sector Photography
  • Topic Art Fairs, Market Commentary
  • Company Catherine Edelman Gallery
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Monday, 26 May 2014 00:00

In this week's edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Charlotte Burns, US News, Market and Business Editor at The Art Newspaper, joins us to recap the May New York Post-War & Contemporary auctions. First, Charlotte shares her and others reactions to the record-setting week of auctions. Then, she discusses the story she broke regarding a Chinese businesswoman who purchased over $28 million of post-war art during the week and tells us if the week was a turning of the corner for Chinese consumption of contemporary art.  Also, Charlotte touches on the plethora of guarantees at auction this season as well as the strong presence of young, born post-1980 artists and why buying works by these artists has become similar to buying tech stocks early.

  • Year of Birth 1850
  • Nationality Afghan
  • Average Price Range ($) < $10,000
  • Market Confidence Low
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Sunday, 11 May 2014 00:00

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Asher Edelman, founder of Edelman Arts, talks with us about next week's post-war & contemporary auctions in New York as well as the overall contemporary art market. First, Asher identifies a few lots featured in the upcoming sales and tells us why he will be following them closely. Then, with such a plethora of auction guarantees in next week's sales, he explains why he believes there should be more transparency for guaranteed lots, otherwise prospective bidders may begin to shy away from participating on such lots.  Also, Asher argues the broader art market is not nearly as strong as is being reported, however prices for evening sale lots have reached an unprecedented level.

  • Interviewee Asher Edelman
  • Market/Sector US & Europe
  • Topic Auction Analysis, Market Commentary
  • Company Edelman Arts
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Saturday, 10 May 2014 00:00

In this week's episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, art dealer, writer and curator, Kenny Schachter, returns to the podcast to discuss the current state of the booming contemporary art market as well as preview the upcoming post-war & contemporary auctions next week in New York. First, Kenny explains that the contemporary art market is as strong as it has ever been largely due to the widening global reach of the market. Then, he tells us why he's eagerly looking forward to seeing how Wade Guyton's artworks perform in next week's auctions in New York. Also, Kenny provides us with his thoughts on the young generation of artists who have experienced significant price escalations recently and why this phenomenon has reached an unprecedented territory. Lastly, Kenny describes how the contemporary art market has morphed into several micro-markets, some of which will succumb to an eventual market downturn, while others will be less impacted by one.

  • Interviewee Kenny Schachter
  • Market/Sector US & Europe
  • Topic Auction Analysis, Market Commentary
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Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

In this week's edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Georgina Adam, editor-at-large of the Art Newspaper and columnist at the Financial Times and BBC.com, returns to the podcast to recap last week's Post-War & Contemporary auctions in London. First, after strong Impressionist & Modern sales the previous week, Georgina tells us if the Post-War & Contemporary auctions performed up to the market's high expectations. Then, she addresses the "rising stars" of the art market, identifying some of the most noteworthy young artists and how their respective markets held up throughotu the week. Georgina also addresses the increasing negative sentiment persisting in the art market in regard to these art market darlings as well as if a consensus exists in regard to determining which ones will ultimately have staying power in the art world. 

  • Interviewee Georgina Adam
  • Market/Sector US & Europe
  • Topic Auction Analysis, Market Commentary
  • Company The Art Newspaper
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Monday, 30 December 2013 00:00

In our final episode of the ArtTactic Podcast in 2013, Katya Kazakina, art market reporter for Bloomberg News, joins us to recap Art Basel Miami as well as review some of the major components of the art market over the past year. First, Katya discusses the mood of the crowd in Miami and also how the primary market performed for emerging artists showcased at satelite fairs throughout the city. Then, she identifies the key storyline in the art market in 2013, the phenomenal performance of the top-end of the post-war and contemporary sector as well as identifying Oscar Murillo as the biggest winner from an artist market perspective. Lastly, Katya previews the art market in 2014, sharing with us some of key areas of the market she will be focused on in the new year.

  • Interviewee Katya Kazakina
  • Market/Sector US & Europe
  • Topic Art Fairs, Auction Analysis, Market Commentary
  • Company Bloomberg News
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