Here are our main takeaways from last week’s market events in London—Frieze Masters, Frieze London and the auctions at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips. These are generalized remarks (which means, of course, that there are exceptions). There is talk of a correction in the trade, but that presupposes change across the board, whereas the art market is not monolithic—and what we’re seeing is potentially more extreme.
A literature professor and Fulbright scholar turned investment banker, 90-year old Herbert Lust has one of the leading collections of works by artists including Alberto Giacometti, Robert Indiana and Hans Bellmer, among others. Lust, who in 1969 wrote one of the first books about art collecting as an investment, talks to our host Charlotte Burns about his extraordinary life, discussing his friendships with artists and passing along some advice for collectors.
Michael Govan, the director and CEO of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, joins us for a special feature podcast from California. We talk about the future for Lacma—from the transformation of the campus to the possibilities of sharing the collection and opening branches elsewhere. We discuss subjects from fundraising and philanthropy in LA, the role of museums in brokering cultural identities and the importance of “embracing the power of difference” to VR technology in art.
@CultureGrrl I feel more editorial freedom that I've ever felt. It's a new model and of course some people are sceptical. But I stand by my reporting. And am happy to talk to you more. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving.
@CultureGrrl Then I examine a lot of independent data. And yes, then I write through my lens as someone who has been reporting for around a decade, with Allan, who comes at this from an advisory point of view.
@CultureGrrl@Sothebys Lee, I'm really happy to talk to you about this more, though I'm not certain that a social media is the most productive route. Some facts you're missing that might be helpful: I talk to a wide range of people within the trade (as I always have) before writing anything.
@CultureGrrl@Sothebys The reports are all so data heavy, I'm not sure how you arrived to that conclusion (other than perhaps your preconceived bias in judging the reports). I go out of my way to be impartial, truly. I've been both a PR and a journalist and I do know the difference
The reports are all so data heavy, I'm not sure how you arrived to that conclusion (other than perhaps your preconceived bias in judging the reports). I go out of my way to be impartial, truly. I've been both a PR and a journalist and I do know the difference https://t.co/R5FbwSanIl
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