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  • No. 79: From Auction Week to Art Basel, What’s Happening in the Art Market

    Jun 06 2018

    On this episode, we take stock of the state of the art market. May was a frenzied month for the industry, with the Rockefeller and New York auctions providing key litmus tests about the health of the market. There were some objectively massive sales, including works by Picasso and Modigliani. But with big ticket works selling, why didn’t the action on the salesroom floor feel exciting? And what does that tell us about the role that expectations play when it comes to the art market? We also get...more

  • No. 78: Are Selfie Museums an Affront to the Art World?

    May 25 2018

    This week, our editors sit down to chat about one of the art world’s most divisive topics: “selfie museums.” We discuss what the rise of the Museum of Ice Cream, and other similar Instagram-friendly institutions, means for the art world and the meaning of the word “museum.” As experiential art continues to explode in popularity, we also discuss whether selfie-driven art is different or similar to selfie museums—even drawing on our own recent experiences visiting one of these Instagram-friendly s...more

  • No. 77: Exploring the Art Market’s Best (and Worst) Practices

    May 09 2018

    The United States House of Representatives is considering expanding the Bank Secrecy Act in order to make galleries and auction houses subject to federal regulation. And the entire art market is buzzing. But the rules of the art market aren’t always written by the government. Last month, the Art Business Conference hosted a panel discussion on Art Basel’s “Art Market Principles and Best Practices,” a set of internal regulations governing the conduct of galleries participating in the fair This w...more

  • No. 76: How Is the Internet Impacting Creativity and the Arts?

    Apr 25 2018

    For most of us, the following scenarios probably sound familiar: you’re supposed to be focusing on an important task, but instead you’re distracted by Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook; or, you’re in a museum full of art but still find yourself glued to your iPhone. This week on the Artsy Podcast, we tackle the question of how creativity and the arts are being impacted by the digital age. On one hand, we’re constantly fending off distraction; on the other, the internet has created amazing new tool...more

  • No. 75: Answering The Art History Questions You Never Thought to Ask

    Apr 11 2018

    On this week’s episode, we walk you through an alternative Art History 101 class—one where no question is too embarrassing or obvious to ask. Join us as we demystify some of the art world’s most hard-to-decipher movements (such as Conceptual Art) and dive into the nuances behind seemingly straightforward topics (like the proper way to hang an artwork).

  • No. 74: The State of the Art Market in 2018 So Far

    Mar 28 2018

    Nearly three months into 2018, several major milestones of the art market calendar have already come and gone—including the London auctions and the release of the The Art Market | 2018 report earlier this month. Meanwhile, in China, Art Basel in Hong Kong kicked off this week. On this episode, our editors sit down to talk about what early art market signals this year are telling us about the health of the trade and what it could all mean for the future of the industry.

  • No. 73: Miami Mega-Collector Jorge Pérez on Why Cuban Art Matters

    Mar 14 2018

    On this episode, we’re taking a deep dive into the world of contemporary Cuban art—a topic int with questions of history and politics and culture, both on and off the island. We’re joined from Miami by art collector Jorge Pérez and chief curator of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Tobias Ostrander, to discuss the institution’s show “On the Horizon” featuring more than 170 works of art.

  • No. 72: The Delectable, Daring World of Cake Art

    Mar 07 2018

    Picture a cake: It’s circular, maybe rectangular, covered in a layer of single-color frosting. With the help of so-called “cake artists," however, this classic dessert is increasingly breaking the mold. On this episode, we explore the delectable, jaw-dropping world of specialty cakes. From a life-size bust of Willie Nelson to a geometric mousse confection that resembles nothing so much as a work of Op Art, these creations are increasingly sculptural. Plus, we’ll revisit the Supreme Court case th...more

  • No. 71: What the Obama Portraits Tell Us about Art and Politics

    Mar 01 2018

    The official portraits of former United States President Barack Obama, painted by Kehinde Wiley, and former First Lady Michelle Obama, by Amy Sherald, were presented at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Upon unveiling, the portraits became two of the most widely-debated works of contemporary art in years. On this episode, we sat down with curator Eugenie Tsai and writer Antwaun Sargent to discuss the impact and legacy of these two historic portraits.

  • No. 70: Behind the Scenes of the New Museum Triennial

    Feb 22 2018

    “Songs for Sabotage”—the fourth iteration of the New Museum Triennial—opened last week in New York. On this episode, we sat down with exhibition co-curator Gary Carrion-Murayari to discuss the years-long process to assemble a show of this nature. How did they decide which artists define the international cutting edge?

  • No. 69: How Independent Curators Power the Art World

    Feb 14 2018

    Almost everything can be “curated” these days—playlists, outfits, gift baskets, even salads. So what does it really mean to be an independent curator? On this episode, we’re joined by curator Jacqueline Mabey to discuss the ups and downs of a career that’s not tied to a single institution.

  • No. 68: Is It Illegal to Eat a Work of Art?

    Feb 07 2018

    On today’s episode, we’re taking a deep dive into two questions at the intersection of art and law. First: Can we make a case for legally eating an artwork? And, second: How can a Houston resident own a wall in her home—but not the mural painted on it?

  • No. 67: How Judy Chicago Pioneered the First Feminist Art Program

    Jan 31 2018

    Artist Judy Chicago began teaching at Fresno State in 1970, where she founded the nation’s first known feminist art program. On today’s episode, we explore the story of the women artists enrolled in the radical class—and how this little-known project evolved into the now-iconic installation Womanhouse at CalArts in 1972.

  • No. 66: Why Do Certain Photographs Make History?

    Jan 24 2018

    In 1936, Dorothea Lange took a photograph that would go on to become one of the most defining images of the Great Depression: Migrant Mother. On this episode, we explore the backstory of this iconic photo—including the fact that it was almost never taken. Plus, what can Migrant Mother tell us about modern-day photojournalism?

  • No. 65: Can Pot Help Unlock Creative Potential?

    Jan 18 2018

    Does smoking pot make you more creative? On this episode, we posed the question to Aaron Lammer—musician and host of the Stoner podcast—in a conversation that ranges from the neuroscience of drug use to the habits of musicians, authors, and artists who incorporate marijuana into their practice.

  • No. 64: Looking Ahead to 2018 in the Art World

    Jan 10 2018

    On this episode, we look ahead to 2018. From continuing allegations of sexual harassment to the Met’s new ticketing policy to a wealth of upcoming women-centric shows, these are the issues and exhibitions we’ll be keeping an eye on in the new year.

  • No. 63: Camille Claudel, the Sculptor Who Inspired Rodin’s Most Sensual Work

    Jan 03 2018

    You can find the Artsy Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, or the podcasting app of your choice. Don’t forget to rate the show and leave us comments; we’d love to hear from you. Over the last few weeks, we’ve translated a few of our readers’ favorite art-historical stories into audio. On our final special episode: the life of sculptor Camille Claudel, whose career was intertwined—for better or worse—with that icon of 20th-century art, Auguste Rodin.

  • No. 62: The Myth of Jackson Pollock and the Masterpiece Created in One Night

    Dec 27 2017

    You can find the Artsy Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, or the podcasting app of your choice. Don’t forget to rate the show and leave us comments; we’d love to hear from you. This month on the Artsy Podcast, we’re translating four of our readers’ favorite art-historical stories into audio. On this episode: the dramatic story behind Jackson Pollock’s largest painting, why it’s undoubtedly exaggerated—and why that doesn’t diminished its significance in the famed Abstract Expres...more

  • No. 61: When Georgia O’Keeffe Went to Hawaii to Paint Pineapples for Dole

    Dec 20 2017

    This month on the Artsy Podcast, we’re translating four of our readers’ favorite art-historical stories into audio. On this episode: when Georgia O’Keeffe traded desert vistas and bleached cow bones for the verdant valleys and electric blue seas of Hawaii.

  • No. 60: Why Robert Rauschenberg Erased a De Kooning

    Dec 13 2017

    This month on the Artsy Podcast, we’re translating four of our readers’ favorite art-historical stories into audio. On this episode: how a young Robert Rauschenberg roped the admired Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning into his quest to make a drawing using only an eraser.

  • No. 59: The Latest from Art Basel in Miami Beach

    Dec 07 2017

    Art Basel in Miami Beach—the last major event on this year’s art world calendar—opened its doors to collectors yesterday. On this episode, we discuss our favorite booths of the week and what a new layout means for the fair’s 16th edition. Plus, we ask: A year after the U.S. presidential election, how is today’s political climate reflected in the art on view in Miami?

  • No. 58: What’s Driving Artists to Become More Professional?

    Nov 29 2017

    In 2012, the median income of professional artists with art degrees in New York City was $25,000. In 2015, the chance that an artist living in the U.S. would receive a solo exhibition at MoMA was 0.0006%. The odds are stacked against artists trying to make it in the art world. On this episode, we’re joined by Heather Bhandari—co-author of the book Art/Work, a professional practices guide—to discuss the growing number of resources for artists looking to establish and run a successful practice.

  • No. 57: What Happens When Art Meets Craigslist

    Nov 23 2017

    Craigslist has proven to be a blessing for a generation of artists, a seemingly bottomless well of eccentricity. Artists have used it to cast projects, as a source for serial photography books, even as a way to sell sculptural works masquerading as used furniture. On this episode, we’re joined by artist Sophie Barbasch, who has used the site to pose often intimate questions to a sea of strangers.

  • No. 56: Unpacking the Allegations of Sexual Harassment in the Art World

    Nov 16 2017

    Last month, the New York Times published a story detailing a number of sexual harassment allegations leveled against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. But that article was only the beginning. In the weeks since, at least 20 high-profile men have faced accusations of sexual misconduct, including two powerful figures in the art world: former Artforum co-publisher Knight Landesman and former Armory Show director Benjamin Genocchio. On today’s episode, a discussion of these sexual allegations...more

  • No. 55: What Art Therapy Can Do That Traditional Therapy Can’t

    Nov 08 2017

    Last month, Second Lady Karen Pence outlined her three-part plan to promote the field of art therapy during her term in the White House. But what is art therapy, exactly? On this episode, we break down this little-understood field—and discuss whether support from a controversial administration may end up politicizing it.

  • No. 54: Petra Collins and Marilyn Minter Talk Feminism and Horror Flicks

    Nov 02 2017

    “I love family photos, but not in the way most people love them. My love for them is like my love for reality TV.” That’s how artist Petra Collins begins her latest book Coming of Age, which hit shelves earlier this week. On this episode, we’re joined by Collins and fellow artist Marilyn Minter to discuss both family snapshots and reality television—plus, feminism, horror flicks, and what fashion photography can do that art can’t.

  • No. 53: Is the Art Market Irrational?

    Oct 26 2017

    Who decides how much an artwork is worth? And is that price tag rational? On this episode, we’re joined by economist Don Thompson, whose latest book The Orange Balloon Dog explores the inner workings of the contemporary art market. From Jeff Koons’s monumental sculpture that set auction records in 2013 to the upcoming sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, we discuss how the massive sums paid for artworks are determined across auction houses, art fairs, and private deals.

  • No. 25: Making It in the Art World If You’re Not a Rich Kid

    Oct 19 2017

    This week, we’re rebroadcasting a favorite episode from earlier this year. As the New York Times recently reported, twenty-somethings pursuing a career in art and design are the most likely to receive financial assistance from parents; they also receive the largest sums. On this episode, we’re joined by Sandra Jackson-Dumont, chair of education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Naiomy Guerrero, creator of GalleryGirl.nyc, to discuss the role money plays in art world careers. How does the...more

  • No. 52 (Part Two): Guggenheim Curators on the Controversy Surrounding Their New Show

    Oct 12 2017

    On September 20th, the New York Times published a preview of the Guggenheim’s latest show “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World.” One particular video work—Peng Yu and Sun Yuan’s Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other (2003), in which pit bulls bred for dogfighting were restrained and placed opposite each other on treadmills—quickly ignited a firestorm of controversy. On September 25th, the museum announced that it would pull the piece (along with two others that incorporated animals) from ...more

  • No. 52 (Part One): How Globalization Changed China—and Its Art

    Oct 12 2017

    Last month, Artsy spoke with two curators of the Guggenheim ’s latest exhibition, “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World” about a particular moment in the history of contemporary artists from China. Our conversation took place before the show had opened—and, as it turned out, a few days before a major controversy erupted around Peng Yu and Sun Yuan’s 2003 video work Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other. This work, along with two others, was eventually removed amid allegations of animal cru...more

  • No. 51: The Latest from London’s Frieze Week

    Oct 05 2017

    London’s Frieze Week is here. On this episode, Artsy’s editors report back from the 2017 editions of Frieze London and Frieze Masters. Why are these two fairs are beginning to look more and more alike? Plus, this year’s best booths and how a blockbuster show at the Tate is influencing the art on view.

  • No. 50: Why Rembrandt’s Night Watch Is So Famous

    Sep 28 2017

    There are certain artworks that almost everyone in the world knows—the Mona Lisa, Starry Night, The Scream. What most people can’t explain is the reason why these particular paintings are more famous than thousands of other inventive and moving works of art that fill museums worldwide. On this special 50th episode, we chart one painting’s rise to fame: The Night Watch (1642), Rembrandt van Rijn’s 17th-century masterwork. It's a centuries-long story that includes, among other things: a devastat...more

  • No. 49: How Art Fairs Can Do Better

    Sep 22 2017

    Fifteen years ago, there were a handful of international art fairs; today, that number has risen past 250. On this episode, we’re joined by The Armory Show’s director, Benjamin Genocchio, to discuss how this increasingly influential facet of the art world should evolve. Can directors make their fairs more equitable for smaller galleries—and is that even their responsibility?

  • No. 48: Jeffrey Deitch on Four Decades in a Changing Art World

    Sep 14 2017

    Art and finance have long been intertwined. As early as the Italian Renaissance, a Florentine banking family supported Michelangelo and Botticelli in making their masterpieces. On this episode, we fast-forward a few centuries to 1980s New York City as Jeffrey Deitch explains how he convinced both bankers and art world denizens to buy into Citibank’s new art services department—an innovation that would transform the art market into what we know today.

  • No. 47: The Latest Requirement for Med Students? Studio Art

    Sep 07 2017

    From Harvard to Penn State, medical schools across the country are increasingly turning to art and the humanities to train would-be doctors. On this episode, we’re joined by Columbia University’s Dr. Delphine Taylor to discuss how life-drawing classes or visits to the Met help her students tackle ambiguity and humanize their patients.

  • No. 46: When Museums Sell Their Art, Where Should the Money Go?

    Aug 31 2017

    Last month, a new row broke out in the art world around the Berkshire Museum’s decision to auction off 40 works by artists such as Norman Rockwell and Alexander Calder to pay for a renovation and boost their endowment. But this latest controversy represents just one installment in the long-running debate about “deaccessioning,” or the disposal of objects from a museum’s collection. On this episode, we’re joined by law professor Brian L. Frye who walks us through the history of the regulations ...more

  • No. 23: What Does It Mean to Curate GIFs?

    Aug 26 2017

    This week, we’re rebroadcasting a favorite episode from earlier this year. GIPHY’s community curator Ari Spool joins us to break down the process of curating artist-created GIFs. Is there a key to going viral? What do GIFs allow us to express that words might not? And how do these online images fit into centuries of fine art? Read more: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-giphy-artists-works-viewed-100-million-times

  • No. 45: Why Artists Are Turning to Mysticism

    Aug 17 2017

    Visitors to this year’s Venice Biennale can stroll through the Pavilion of Shamans—just one example of the increasing presence of shamanism and mysticism in the work of contemporary artists. This uptick comes amid a reexamination of ideas that were once associated with the countercultural movements of the 1960s and ’70s, including a second look at psychedelics. On this episode, we explore the wider history of shamanic practices across the globe—and how they’ve intersected with the art world thr...more

  • No. 44: Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?

    Aug 10 2017

    On this episode, curators Jessica Cerasi and Kyung An walk us through the ABCs of contemporary art. Each chapter of their new book, Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?, is devoted to a different question about this thorny (and often alienating) segment of the art world. When did contemporary art start—and when will it end? Why was the art world split over Jay-Z’s show at Pace Gallery? And why are exhibition press releases so hard to understand?

  • No. 43: You Can Thank These Women for Modern Art as We Know It

    Jul 27 2017

    Who built the New York art world? Today, the scene is by and large dominated by men. But some of the most prestigious museums, galleries, and salons that fostered the city’s cultural scene in the 1920s and ’30s were founded by women like Peggy Guggenheim and Florine Stettheimer. In this episode, we explore their often-overlooked stories—and discuss why, despite their beginnings, these institutions have long been criticized for a gender gap across both their staffs and collections.

  • No. 42: Former Met Director Thomas Campbell Defends His Legacy

    Jul 20 2017

    On February 4th, the New York Times published a front page story entitled “Is the Met Museum ‘a Great Institution in Decline’?” The article ignited a ferocious public backlash against New York City’s most-visited institution and its director and CEO, Thomas P. Campbell. By the end of that same month, Campbell had announced his resignation—making his tenure as director the shortest since the Met’s fourth, Herbert Eustis Winlock, who presided over the institution from 1932 to 1939. Principal amo...more

  • No. 41: Art and Censorship in the Age of Social Media

    Jul 13 2017

    In May, documents leaked to the Guardian offered an unprecedented glimpse into Facebook’s inner workings: How do they think about moderating a range of controversial subjects, from violence to pornography? But those in the art world were particularly interested in the handful of slides detailing the social media giant’s policy on nudity in works of art. Facebook and Instagram have long been criticized for removing artwork containing nudity, a practice many interpret as censorship. On this episo...more

  • Bonus: The 60-Year Saga of a Nazi-Looted Painting

    Jul 06 2017

    The saga of Egon Schiele’s Portrait of Wally spans six decades, beginning in 1950s Vienna before making its way to New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

  • No. 40: How Old Women Eclipsed Young Men in the Art World

    Jun 29 2017

    Minimalist painter Carmen Herrera sold her first artwork at age 89. Now, at age 102, her paintings fetch prices in the six digits. On today’s episode, we explore the growing demand for—and institutional presence of—long-overlooked women artists including Herrera, Carol Rama, and Irma Blank. How did these older, female artists push young men out of the art world spotlight?

  • No. 39: What Happens When Art Threatens the President

    Jun 22 2017

    Is it illegal to kill the president in an artwork? That’s what we wondered in May, when we saw first saw Alaskan assistant professor Thomas Chung’s painting that depicted actor Chris Evans holding Donald Trump’s severed head. And over the past few weeks, that question has taken on renewed significance with a series of creative works imagining Trump’s demise from a Kathy Griffin photoshoot to a performance of Julius Caesar by New York’s Public Theater. On this episode, we’re joined by New ...more

  • Special Edition: Art Basel in Basel

    Jun 15 2017

    At this year’s edition of Art Basel in Basel, which opened Tuesday to VVIPs, dealers were reporting multiple sales in the seven- and eight-figure range—a surprisingly strong start to the art world’s most important fair. On this episode, we explore what’s behind these big-ticket purchases and what it means for the wider art market. Plus, we’ll take a look at the best work on view in Basel this week.

  • No. 38: How Reddit Got a Million People to Make Art Together

    Jun 08 2017

    What began as an April Fools joke on the website Reddit is now being hailed as the world’s largest collaborative artwork. Over one million users, armed with one pixel each, worked together over 72 hours to create a canvas that now contains everything from the American flag to the Mona Lisa. On this episode, we’re joined by Josh Wardle and Kevin O’Connor from Reddit to break down this massive online art project. Will this digital canvas end up in MoMA? And what can a dog wearing clogs tell us a...more

  • No. 37: Why Good Artists Make “Bad” Paintings

    Jun 01 2017

    The genre of “bad painting” is a slippery one. On this podcast, we discuss the label, which has been applied to a wide-ranging group of artists throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. What they share, wrote curator Eva Badura-Triska in an essay for the 2008 show “Bad Painting: Good Art” at the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, is a refusal “to submit to artistic canons.” So what exactly does that mean? Though artists from Francis Picabia to Rene Magritte are among early practitioners of “bad p...more

  • No. 36: When Basquiat Is More Expensive Than Warhol

    May 25 2017

    Last Thursday, a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for a formidable $110.4 million at Sotheby’s. It set a record for the New York artist, who both joined the exclusive “$100 million-plus club” and displaced Andy Warhol as the most expensive American artist at auction in one fell swoop. This week, we break down the sale—both what it means for Basquiat’s market going forward and whether it changes his place in the art-historical canon.

  • No. 35: The Olympics of Art

    May 18 2017

    The 57th Venice Biennale opened last week, and on this episode we share our highlights from this year’s “Olympics of art.” How did Christine Macel’s central exhibition stack up against Okwui Enwezor’s in 2015? Was Anne Imhof’s exhibition for Germany—which earned the Golden Lion for the best national pavilion—all it’s cracked up to be? And beyond the Biennale, is Damien Hirst’s massive two-part Venice exhibition worth a visit?

  • No. 34: Is Guernica Picasso's Most Important Work?

    May 11 2017

    This year marks the 80th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, and on today’s episode we delve into the history of this iconic work. Originally created to memorialize the bombing of a defenseless town during the Spanish Civil War, the painting has since become a universal symbol for revolutionary struggles. But even with this significant legacy—is Guernica really Picasso’s most important work?

  • Special Edition: Frieze New York

    May 05 2017

    The sixth edition of Frieze New York opened to VIPs on Thursday, with over 200 galleries hailing from 30 countries setting up shop on Randall’s Island through Sunday. Returning from the fair, our editors sat down to bring you the highlights.

  • No. 33: When Artists Play with Their Food

    Apr 27 2017

    Food and art have a long history, from 17th-century Dutch still lifes featuring bowls of fruit to Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell soup cans. On this episode, we explore how artists today are thinking about the subject with the help of Julia Sherman, photographer and creator of the blog-turned-book “Salad for President.” We’ll take a look inside the candyland studio of painter and master baker Will Cotton. Plus, what it’s like making salad with artists like Tauba Auerbach (and why William Wegman i...more

  • No. 32: The Law Shaking Up the Art World

    Apr 20 2017

    Does an artist have the legal right to protect the intangible messages of their artwork? That’s the question facing Arturo Di Modica, creator of Wall Street’s iconic bronze Charging Bull, which last month was joined by another, more diminutive bronze called Fearless Girl. Di Modica argues the addition—which stares down his bull—changes the message of his work and violates his legal rights. On this episode, we’re joined by two art lawyers to discuss the Visual Artist Rights Act, the U.S. law a...more

  • Bonus: How to Start Collecting Art

    Apr 18 2017

    For the new collector, the proliferation of art fairs, galleries, and online marketplaces can be overwhelming to navigate. What’s the right way to break into collecting? (And what are the faux pas to avoid?) How exactly do gallerists determine the price of the work on display? And what’s the best place to buy art?

  • No. 31: Women Photographing Women

    Apr 13 2017

    Feminist critic Laura Mulvey coined the term “male gaze” in 1975 to describe the ways in which women were objectified on camera when a man was behind the lens. In this episode, we tackle the “female gaze”—an opposing approach that offers a more authentic and nuanced understanding of femininity. We discuss the artists and photographers leading this movement, and the ways in which the proliferation of images through social media has allowed a new generation of women to become influential withou...more

  • No. 30: Why the Art World Fell in Love with the White Cube

    Apr 06 2017

    The term “white cube” is ubiquitous in today’s art world. But who invented that label? And when did this method of displaying art first appear? On this episode, we trace the evolution of the white cube from the earliest public museums in Europe to 1930s New York.

  • No. 29: Why Returning Nazi-Looted Art Isn’t So Simple

    Mar 30 2017

    Over the course of World War II, the Nazi party stole hundreds of thousands of works of art. Today, more than seven decades after the end of the war, there are still some 100,000 artworks that are missing. On this episode, we discuss the restitution of Nazi-looted art—that is, the ways in which these works are returned (or, in some cases, not returned) to the heirs of the original owners.

  • Special Edition: Art Basel in Hong Kong

    Mar 23 2017

    In this episode, our editors call in from China to report on this year’s edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong. Now in its fifth year, the Asian fair has finally come into its own alongside its sister fairs in Basel and Miami.

  • No. 28: Why This Year’s Whitney Biennial Is a Resounding Success

    Mar 16 2017

    The Whitney Biennial’s 79th edition opens to the public on March 17th. It has been deemed a resounding success by many, managing to tackle America’s issues of race and class without gimmicks or oversimplification. On this episode, we discuss what curators Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks did right.

  • No. 27: Tackling the Sexist History of Design

    Mar 09 2017

    In the last decade, the department of architecture and design at MoMA has acquired the “@” symbol, the original suite of emojis, and even the Pac-Man video game. Leading this charge is senior curator Paola Antonelli, one of the pioneering women in design today. On this episode, we discuss the contributions these trailblazers have made to the field and the challenges that confront women in design, both past and present.

  • No. 26: A New Era for The Armory Show

    Mar 03 2017

    The 23rd edition of The Armory Show opened this Wednesday on Manhattan’s west side. After days spent reporting on the influential New York fair, we sat down to discuss how this year’s show measured up.

  • No. 25: Making It in the Art World If You’re Not a Rich Kid

    Feb 23 2017

    As the New York Times recently reported, twenty-somethings pursuing a career in art and design are the most likely to receive financial assistance from parents; they also receive the largest sums. On this episode, we’re joined by Sandra Jackson-Dumont, chair of education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Naiomy Guerrero, creator of GalleryGirl.nyc, to discuss the role money plays in art world careers. How does the plethora of unpaid internships and low-paying jobs limit inclusivity? And...more

  • Live Edition: When Fashion Rips Off Artists

    Feb 16 2017

    Last Friday, we spent the morning at the Wythe Hotel for work x work ON AIR—a three-day pop-up radio lounge that explored creativity and storytelling. Our special, extra-length live podcast begins with a look at the landscape facing emerging artists today. Then, we bring on a panel of special guests to explore how some of these very same young artists have charged major brands with stealing their work.

  • No. 24: Why We Fund the Arts

    Feb 03 2017

    This week, we discuss the broader ideological implications of the fight against the NEA and how the agency actually works with a meager budget to bring art across America—while also helping organizations raise the private dollars some think make the NEA superfluous. Later, we discuss the role arts funding plays in the broader economy and why the NEA could be more important to the art market than the Dow Jones.

  • No. 23: What Does It Mean to Curate GIFs?

    Jan 26 2017

    Artists are turning to GIFs as a new medium, and people are taking notice, with some of their creations being viewed more than 100 million times. On this episode, GIPHY’s community curator Ari Spool joins us to break down the process of curating artist-created GIFs. Read more: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-artsy-podcast-23-curate-gifs

  • No. 22: The Next Great Gallery Could Start in Your Apartment

    Jan 19 2017

    As the art world turns to alternative spaces to display work, some are bringing artists into the most personal of spaces: their homes. On this episode, we discuss the nuts and bolts of setting up a apartment gallery—from misconceptions about profitability to choosing the perfect name. Read more: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-artsy-podcast-22-great-gallery-start-apartment

  • No. 21: We Need to Rethink Feminist Art

    Jan 12 2017

    With 2016 came a fever pitch of women-centric exhibitions, but are these shows still too narrow in representation? On this episode, we argue that the art world must embrace a feminism that transcends boundaries of race, gender, and class.

  • No. 20: Art World Resolutions for 2017

    Jan 05 2017

    We finished 2016 with a look back at the year’s biggest moments in art. Now, in the first podcast of the new year, we look ahead to 2017 with a list of resolutions tailor-made for the art world. Whether it’s maintaining a genuine commitment to diversity or reimagining funding structures for artists, our editors delve into the ten things the art world should do differently this year.

  • No. 19: Unpacking the Moments That Defined Art This Year

    Dec 19 2016

    This week, we break down the stories that made up “The Year in Art”—the most comprehensive overview of art in 2016. From a spate of museum expansions to the controversy surrounding artist Dread Scott’s flag that hung briefly outside a Chelsea gallery, we talk through the moments that defined art this year.

  • No. 18: Does Size Matter?

    Dec 08 2016

    A number of contemporary artists are turning to works of art that could fit easily in your palm or your pocket. But experiments with size aren’t new—on this episode, we delve into the history of miniature art, from the Victorian era through to today’s Instagram culture.

  • Special Edition: Art Basel in Miami Beach

    Dec 02 2016

    As Art Basel in Miami Beach celebrates its 15th edition, we explore how the fair—and the city—have transformed over the past decade and a half.

  • No. 17: What’s in a Frame?

    Nov 22 2016

    This week, we take you through the history of the frames market—from the 15th century, when a frame could be more valuable than the painting itself, to the 20th century, when their popularity and price tags dwindled with the rise of modern art.

  • Special Edition: Beijing and Shanghai

    Nov 17 2016

    It’s time for another edition of The Artsy Podcast Extra: on-the-ground reporting from art-world events across the globe. This week, Deputy Editor Alexander Forbes calls in from China to break down his coverage of Shanghai-based art fair West Bund. What was it like to watch the U.S. presidential election results roll in from the other side of the world?And what can we expect from China’s art market as it continues to expand in the coming years?

  • No. 16: Can Ai Weiwei’s Art Change the World?

    Nov 10 2016

    Chinese artist and political dissident Ai Weiwei opened not one, not two, but four new shows in New York City last week. In this episode, we delve into “Laundromat,” on view at Jeffrey Deitch—the latest work by Ai to engage with the European refugee crisis. And we ask: Can artists move the needle on public reaction to humanitarian crises? Where we’ll be drinking white wine in the art world this week: “Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest” at the New Museum, on view through Jan, 15th, 2017 “Marilyn Min...more

  • No. 15: Are Taco Bell Galleries the New Mega-Galleries?

    Nov 03 2016

    This week, we take a look at one gallery’s takeover of a Taco Bell—and why such alternative spaces and experimental approaches are an increasingly important strategy for mid-sized galleries. Meanwhile, mega-galleries have taken a different tack by expanding globally to establish new outposts in art world hubs such as Hong Kong, London, and New York.

  • No. 14: Art History in Crisis

    Oct 27 2016

    This week, we dissect the recent decision to eliminate art history A-level tests for high school students in the U.K. beginning in 2018. The announcement sparked outrage and debate among scholars, critics, and teachers in England—but it also raised bigger questions about how the subject is taught. Read more: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-the-artsy-podcast-no-14-art-history-in-crisis

  • Special Edition: London Frieze Week

    Oct 06 2016

    This week, we take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you the first edition of The Artsy Podcast Extra: on-the-ground coverage of art world events across the globe. Today, Deputy Editor Alexander Forbes reports from the 2016 editions of Frieze London and Frieze Masters.

  • No. 13: We Still Need All-Female Group Shows

    Sep 22 2016

    With the number of all-female group shows reaching a fever pitch this year, we ask: Are these exhibitions helping to redefine the art-historical canon? And do phrases like “pioneering” and “before her time” actually end up relegating female artists to the sidelines? Then, we turn to the fashion industry’s plagiarism problem. Multi-billion-dollar corporations like Zara and Forever 21 have increasingly been accused by artists of using their work on articles of clothing, accessories, and in ad cam...more

  • No. 12: Motherhood, Children, and Art

    Sep 08 2016

    This summer, artist Marina Abramović sparked fierce debate with her statement: “In my opinion [having children is] the reason why women aren’t as successful as men in the art world.” In this week’s episode, we ask—what can be done to finally debunk the myth that child-rearing and a successful career are incompatible? Then we consider the other side of the motherhood equation—children, and, more specifically, how parents can help them cultivate an appreciation of art. What impact does artmaking...more

  • No. 11: So What Is The Art Genome Project Anyway?

    Aug 18 2016

    This week we have something a little special for you: a deep dive into Artsy’s Art Genome Project, the system that is used to classify the artworks on Artsy. We discuss some of the exciting and surprising trends in contemporary art that the Genome Project has unearthed, before expanding on our previous discussion centered around the pitfalls of labeling artists—and explore the underappreciated history of the pigments used to create art through the ages. Read more: https://www.artsy.net/article/...more

  • No. 10: Does Disliking an Artist Mean You Can’t Like Their Work?

    Aug 04 2016

    Rikers Island, New York’s notorious jail, houses thousands of men and women awaiting trial or convicted of short sentences. We discuss the neurological underpinnings of art therapy in this environment, the difficulties that therapists experience teaching in jails, and how programs such as this can provide much-needed healing, as well as concrete life skills, for inmates both while in the jail and in the outside world upon their release. Next, we look at German painter Georg Baselitz and ask: Sh...more

  • No. 9: When Art Thefts Go Wrong

    Jul 21 2016

    Politics are everywhere—something this particularly contentious election cycle often reminds us. From a collective who erected a portion of Trump’s infamous wall to the artist-run super PAC “For Freedoms,” we discuss how art can engage with politics in meaningful ways. Next up, we explore the complicated world of art thievery. According to the FBI, art theft is a billion-dollar industry, with tens of thousands of works going missing each year. We take a look at the facts and figures—and discuss...more

  • No. 8: “That’s Not My Artwork!”

    Jul 07 2016

    On this week’s podcast, we take a look at the 9th Berlin Biennale, which has met with both ire and praise for its tech-heavy and ironic curatorial vision. We look beyond the controversy to ask: What were the highlights? Despite the criticisms, is it actually charting a new path for art amid a rapidly digitizing world? And is talking about all the reviews a distraction from the work itself? Next, we take an expanded dive into what it means for artists to disavow their work. Disavowal may seem li...more

  • No. 7: Why Do We Label Artists?

    Jun 23 2016

    With the 2016 edition of Art Basel in Basel officially behind us, we take a look back on the fair. With a decidedly political bent at this year’s fair, what were the standout booths? How did broader economic jitters impact sales? And are those economic winds related to the big pivot to modern art seen at the fair? Next, our discussion turns to the benefits and pitfalls that come with labeling artists. What do labels tell us about the history of art? Is there a productive way to use them, or are...more

  • No. 6: As the Art World Changes, What’s a Museum To Do?

    May 27 2016

    Artsy’s team of editors takes you behind the scenes of the best stories in art. In this edition: Buyouts, restructuring, expansions—it’s all in the cards for New York’s major museums. And we'll discuss the story behind four shuttered museums, and ask, what happens when a museum closes? Read more: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-the-artsy-podcast-no-6-as-the-art-world-changes-what-s-a-museum-to-do

  • No. 5: Frieze New York Turns 5 and Detroit Looks Forward

    May 12 2016

    Artsy’s team of editors takes you behind the scenes of the best stories in art. As Frieze New York turns five, we ask: How has the fair changed in the last five years? What does it offer that other fairs don’t? Next up, we look at the state of the arts in Detroit three years after the city declared bankruptcy and came close to selling off its cultural collections, and think about what kind of impact artists can have on its future. Read more: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-the-a...more

  • No. 4: What Is an Emerging Artist, Anyway?

    Apr 21 2016

    Artsy’s team of editors takes you behind the scenes of the best stories in art. In this edition: an expanded, in-depth look at our 30 Emerging Artists to Watch This Spring feature published last week. Considering the artists represented are working across mediums (from virtual reality to choreography), located across the globe (with 14 countries represented, to be exact), and representative of multiple generations (with artists in their early twenties to their early forties) we ask what an eme...more

  • No. 3: What Happens to Cities When the Art World Comes to Town

    Apr 08 2016

    Artsy’s team of editors takes you behind the scenes of the best stories in art. For episode three of the Artsy podcast, our editors explore what it means when the art world comes to a town near you.

  • No. 2: Art History vs. the Art Market

    Mar 21 2016

    Artsy’s team of editors takes you behind the scenes of the best stories in art. In episode two, our editors take a journey from one pole of the art world to the other, exploring the art market and art history. Read more: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-the-artsy-podcast-no-2-art-history-vs-the-art-market

  • No. 1: Instagram vs. The World

    Mar 10 2016

    Artsy’s team of editors takes you behind the scenes of the best stories in art. For the inaugural Artsy Podcast, we talk about Ai Weiwei’s activism surrounding the current refugee crisis in Europe and delve into the issues raised by our recent—and hugely popular—story “Why the World’s Leading Photojournalists Are Ditching Their DSLRs to Shoot on Instagram.” Read more: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-the-artsy-podcast-no-1-instagram-vs-the-world