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Artsy's team of editors takes you behind the scenes of the art world, talking everything from art history to the latest market news.

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No. 79: From Auction Week to Art Basel, What’s Happening in the Art Market
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 a firsthand account of the sale that did electrify the art world: the $21.1 million auction of Kerry James Marshall’s Past Times at Sotheby’s. Finally, we look ahead to Art Basel in Basel, which opens to VIPs on June 12th.
Jun 06, 2018
No. 78: Are Selfie Museums an Affront to the Art World?
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 spaces.
May 25, 2018
No. 77: Exploring the Art Market’s Best (and Worst) Practices
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 week, we bring you audio of that panel, along with a brief introduction. The discussion was moderated by Artsy Executive Editor Alexander Forbes and featured art advisor Elizabeth Szancer, gallerist Stefania Bortolami, and art lawyer Jo Backer Laird.
May 09, 2018
No. 76: How Is the Internet Impacting Creativity and the Arts?
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 tools for viewing art and helping artists get their work funded.
Apr 25, 2018
No. 75: Answering The Art History Questions You Never Thought to Ask
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).
Apr 11, 2018
No. 74: The State of the Art Market in 2018 So Far
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.
Mar 28, 2018
No. 73: Miami Mega-Collector Jorge Pérez on Why Cuban Art Matters
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.
Mar 14, 2018
No. 72: The Delectable, Daring World of Cake Art
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 that hinges on the question: Can a cake be a work of art?
Mar 07, 2018
No. 71: What the Obama Portraits Tell Us about Art and Politics
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.
Mar 01, 2018
No. 70: Behind the Scenes of the New Museum Triennial
“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?
Feb 22, 2018
No. 69: How Independent Curators Power the Art World
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.
Feb 14, 2018
No. 68: Is It Illegal to Eat a Work of Art?
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?
Feb 07, 2018
No. 67: How Judy Chicago Pioneered the First Feminist Art Program
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.
Jan 31, 2018
No. 66: Why Do Certain Photographs Make History?
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?
Jan 24, 2018
No. 65: Can Pot Help Unlock Creative Potential?
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.
Jan 18, 2018
No. 64: Looking Ahead to 2018 in the Art World
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.
Jan 10, 2018
No. 63: Camille Claudel, the Sculptor Who Inspired Rodin’s Most Sensual Work
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.
Jan 03, 2018
No. 62: The Myth of Jackson Pollock and the Masterpiece Created in One Night
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 Expressionist’s oeuvre.
Dec 27, 2017
No. 61: When Georgia O’Keeffe Went to Hawaii to Paint Pineapples for Dole
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.
Dec 20, 2017
No. 60: Why Robert Rauschenberg Erased a De Kooning
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.
Dec 13, 2017
No. 59: The Latest from Art Basel in Miami Beach
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?
Dec 07, 2017
No. 58: What’s Driving Artists to Become More Professional?
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.
Nov 29, 2017
No. 57: What Happens When Art Meets Craigslist
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.
Nov 23, 2017
No. 56: Unpacking the Allegations of Sexual Harassment in the Art World
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—what gave rise to them, and what should change.
Nov 16, 2017
No. 55: What Art Therapy Can Do That Traditional Therapy Can’t
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.
Nov 08, 2017
No. 54: Petra Collins and Marilyn Minter Talk Feminism and Horror Flicks
“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.
Nov 02, 2017
No. 53: Is the Art Market Irrational?
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.
Oct 26, 2017
No. 25: Making It in the Art World If You’re Not a Rich Kid
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, to discuss the role money plays in art world careers. How does the plethora of unpaid internships and low-paying jobs limit inclusivity? And what steps can we take to change the system?
Oct 19, 2017
No. 52 (Part Two): Guggenheim Curators on the Controversy Surrounding Their New Show
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 the exhibition. On Tuesday, Artsy sat down with show curators Alexandra Munroe and Philip Tinari to discuss the Guggenheim’s response, the artists’ reactions, and what these events will mean for museums going forward.
Oct 12, 2017
No. 52 (Part One): How Globalization Changed China—and Its Art
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 cruelty. Part One of this two-part episode features the original recording, in which we discuss the rising tide of globalization between 1989 and 2008 and its impact on both China and its art. Part Two was recorded on Tuesday and explores the controversy and the works that incited it.
Oct 12, 2017
No. 51: The Latest from London’s Frieze Week
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.
Oct 05, 2017
No. 50: Why Rembrandt’s Night Watch Is So Famous
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 devastating bankruptcy, slanderous rumors, a swift rise to fame, and, at one point, Rembrandt’s iconic canvas slashed into ribbons. To help us answer this question, we enlisted the help of a slew of experts: Rijksmuseum curator Pieter Roelofs, author Derek Thompson, Queen’s University professor Stephanie Dickey, executive vice president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Mariët Westermann, and artist Stefan Kasper.
Sep 28, 2017
No. 49: How Art Fairs Can Do Better
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?
Sep 22, 2017
No. 48: Jeffrey Deitch on Four Decades in a Changing Art World
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.
Sep 14, 2017
No. 47: The Latest Requirement for Med Students? Studio Art
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.
Sep 07, 2017
No. 46: When Museums Sell Their Art, Where Should the Money Go?
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 surrounding deaccessioning and how it became the hot-button issue it is today.
Aug 31, 2017
No. 23: What Does It Mean to Curate GIFs?
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:
Aug 26, 2017
No. 45: Why Artists Are Turning to Mysticism
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 throughout the decades.
Aug 17, 2017
No. 44: Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?
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?
Aug 10, 2017
No. 43: You Can Thank These Women for Modern Art as We Know It
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.
Jul 27, 2017
No. 42: Former Met Director Thomas Campbell Defends His Legacy
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 among the issues that led to Campbell’s resignation was a roughly $10 million budgetary deficit (public knowledge for a year or so prior to his resignation), which officials warned could swell to $40 million if immediate action was not taken. In a conversation with Artsy, days after his July 14th departure from the Met, Campbell was candid about the issues that contributed to that deficit—including his own ambition as director. But he also painted a far more nuanced picture of the circumstances surrounding the major grievances levied against him and the museum: in particular, heavy investment in expanding the museum’s activities in modern and contemporary art and extensive resources put into digital infrastructure to help expand the reach of the United States’s largest museum.
Jul 20, 2017
No. 41: Art and Censorship in the Age of Social Media
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 episode, we dive into social media’s new role as the gatekeeper of what we see—and why fixing this system may prove to be impossible.
Jul 13, 2017
Bonus: The 60-Year Saga of a Nazi-Looted Painting
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.
Jul 06, 2017
No. 40: How Old Women Eclipsed Young Men in the Art World
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?
Jun 29, 2017
No. 39: What Happens When Art Threatens the President
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 York University law professor Amy Adler to break down the limits of free speech in art—and answer one of Donald Trump Jr.’s tweets in the process.
Jun 22, 2017
Special Edition: Art Basel in Basel
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.
Jun 15, 2017
No. 38: How Reddit Got a Million People to Make Art Together
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 about the nature of internet collaboration?
Jun 08, 2017
No. 37: Why Good Artists Make “Bad” Paintings
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 painting,” can the label continue to exist today, when there are no singular artistic canons to reject?
Jun 01, 2017
No. 36: When Basquiat Is More Expensive Than Warhol
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.
May 25, 2017
No. 35: The Olympics of Art
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?
May 18, 2017
No. 34: Is Guernica Picasso's Most Important Work?
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?
May 11, 2017
Special Edition: Frieze New York
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.
May 05, 2017
No. 33: When Artists Play with Their Food
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 is no longer allowed to cook the Christmas turkey).
Apr 27, 2017
No. 32: The Law Shaking Up the Art World
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 at the heart of Di Modica’s claim.
Apr 20, 2017
Bonus: How to Start Collecting Art
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?
Apr 18, 2017
No. 31: Women Photographing Women
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 without the backing of the art world establishment.
Apr 13, 2017
No. 30: Why the Art World Fell in Love with the White Cube
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.
Apr 06, 2017
No. 29: Why Returning Nazi-Looted Art Isn’t So Simple
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.
Mar 30, 2017
Special Edition: Art Basel in Hong Kong
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.
Mar 23, 2017
No. 28: Why This Year’s Whitney Biennial Is a Resounding Success
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.
Mar 16, 2017
No. 27: Tackling the Sexist History of Design
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.
Mar 09, 2017
No. 26: A New Era for The Armory Show
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.
Mar 03, 2017
No. 25: Making It in the Art World If You’re Not a Rich Kid
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, to discuss the role money plays in art world careers. How does the plethora of unpaid internships and low-paying jobs limit inclusivity? And what steps can we take to change the system?
Feb 23, 2017
Live Edition: When Fashion Rips Off Artists
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.
Feb 16, 2017
No. 24: Why We Fund the Arts
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.
Feb 03, 2017
No. 23: What Does It Mean to Curate GIFs?
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:
Jan 26, 2017
No. 22: The Next Great Gallery Could Start in Your Apartment
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:
Jan 19, 2017
No. 21: We Need to Rethink Feminist Art
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.
Jan 12, 2017
No. 20: Art World Resolutions for 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.
Jan 05, 2017
No. 19: Unpacking the Moments That Defined Art This Year
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.
Dec 19, 2016
No. 18: Does Size Matter?
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.
Dec 08, 2016
Special Edition: Art Basel in Miami Beach
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.
Dec 02, 2016
No. 17: What’s in a Frame?
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.
Nov 22, 2016
Special Edition: Beijing and Shanghai
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?
Nov 17, 2016
No. 16: Can Ai Weiwei’s Art Change the World?
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 Minter: Pretty/Dirty” at the Brooklyn Museum, on view through April 2nd, 2017 “Gay Gotham,” on view through Feb. 27th, 2017, and “Activist New York” at the Museum of the City of New York
Nov 10, 2016
No. 15: Are Taco Bell Galleries the New Mega-Galleries?
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.
Nov 03, 2016
No. 14: Art History in Crisis
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:
Oct 27, 2016
Special Edition: London Frieze Week
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.
Oct 06, 2016
No. 13: We Still Need All-Female Group Shows
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 campaigns without permission. We explain how social media can help artists fight back as much as it can hurt them.
Sep 22, 2016
No. 12: Motherhood, Children, and Art
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 have on children and their development? Read more:
Sep 08, 2016
No. 11: So What Is The Art Genome Project Anyway?
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:
Aug 18, 2016
No. 10: Does Disliking an Artist Mean You Can’t Like Their Work?
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: Should his misogyny affect our appreciation of his work? In 2013, the artist remarked that “women don’t paint very well,” setting off a firestorm of critique but, for many at least, not diminishing the artist’s place in the art-historical canon. So how do we square an artist’s biography and beliefs with their work? Can the two be separated? Read more:
Aug 04, 2016
No. 9: When Art Thefts Go Wrong
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 the many ways a museum heist can go wrong. Read more:
Jul 21, 2016
No. 8: “That’s Not My Artwork!”
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 like a strange power—and it is pretty unique statute within American law. Why are only some artists protected? And, moreover, what conceptual questions are raised by artists disavowing their work? Read more:
Jul 07, 2016
No. 7: Why Do We Label Artists?
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 they always doomed to reduce an artist’s practice to one single word? Read more:
Jun 23, 2016
No. 6: As the Art World Changes, What’s a Museum To Do?
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:
May 27, 2016
No. 5: Frieze New York Turns 5 and Detroit Looks Forward
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:
May 12, 2016
No. 4: What Is an Emerging Artist, Anyway?
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 emerging artist is these days, anyway?
Apr 21, 2016
No. 3: What Happens to Cities When the Art World Comes to Town
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.
Apr 08, 2016
No. 2: Art History vs. the Art Market
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:
Mar 21, 2016
No. 1: Instagram vs. The World
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:
Mar 10, 2016