Opinion: Top 3 Art Podcasts

A few weeks ago, local art advisor Hadley Powell posed the question on her Instagram, “what podcasts are you listening to?” Incidentally, she had also recently told me about the podcast Collect Wisely which has quickly become my favorite podcast about art. Hadley’s question made me think further about the arts focused podcasts I am listening to right now and why, so I thought I’d share:

1.     Collect Wisely

Host: Gallerist Sean Kelly
Who should listen: Anyone interested in the arts (so, essentially everyone!)

Image courtesy of @seankellyny Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BihpqlTny6n/

The podcast’s mission says it all: “in which we sit down with people who care deeply about art and discuss their passion for collecting. This is an initiative we’ve wanted to do for quite some time. In which we question the nature of collecting and connoisseurship in the 21st Century, and through doing so hope to inspire a new generation of collectors and individuals committed to making a vital and meaningful investment in our common cultural future.”

Each episode features an interview with a different art collector, with the featured guests ranging in age, heritage, gender, sometimes couple, Sean Kelly does a wonderful job of welcoming all to the art word. It is a refreshing reminder that some of today’s top art collectors started out buying $500 prints through multiple payments in their younger years. The Podcast serves as a unique opportunity to hear the stories of these art supporters directly, and that building an art collection can happen in many different ways that are only specific to each person. Thank you Hadley for the great recommendation! 

My favorite episode to date: Episode 8 with Jill and Peter Kraus

2.     Armchair Expert

Hosts: Actor Dax Shepard and his friend Monica Padman
Who should listen: This podcast is for everyone, but I would especially recommend listening if you are early in your career in the arts (artists, gallerists, consultants, etc!)

Each episode is an interview with a different celebrity in the entertainment industry. Dax and Monica navigate a casual conversation with their guest, ranging from starting their career, family life, mental health awareness, current projects, personal relationships…to many other topics I can’t mention here because our blog is G rated! The most important takeaway from each episode: being in an arts related field takes hard work, a lot of perseverance, and it will likely be a very long road to success – and that’s okay. I also quickly noticed a pattern in the success stories: those who kept an open mind and were willing to trying new opportunities outside of their comfort zone are most likely to succeed. It’s also a great reminder that many big name celebrities had very un-glamorous beginnings (think: unpaid extra in a scene where it is pouring rain, in Maine, in the winter). You will walk away from each episode most likely laughing hysterically, and also remembering that you never know where an opportunity will lead.

 My favorite episode to date: Episode 29 with Mila Kunis

Image courtesy of @armchairexppod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvt1ZwRFOX8/

3.     I Like Your Work: Conversations with Artists, Curators & Collectors

Host: Artist Erika B Hess
Who should listen: Artists, curators, gallerists, art consultants, and anyone who supports the arts

Image courtesy of @ilikeyourworkpodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BvEhL9ZDUKa/

This podcast is dedicated to interviewing creative people who are both involved in a creative lifestyle and also in building community. Erika has a way with making her guests at ease and in their element, which makes the podcasts fun, interesting, and a great way to learn more about the behind the scenes that happens in the art world. If you go to her website, she does online features of artists in her Studio Visit section of her blog. This October I am looking forward to exhibiting the work of an artist at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery who I discovered on her website (so again, you never know what opportunity leads to something else!)

One spoiler: I was featured on episode 28, but I was listening to this podcast even before Erika asked me to be on it and already loved it!

Favorite episode to date: Episode 27 with artist Amy Lincoln


There are dozens of other amazing podcasts related to the arts, this list is just the top three I am listening to right now. Enjoy!

- Abigail Ogilvy

Minimalist Design for a Boston Loft

THE STORY: Our client, who lives just blocks from the gallery in South Boston, visited our annual Salon Show in early 2018. This exhibition is a collection of the newest artworks by our represented artists, as well as a few new artists we are featuring for the first time. I love this show because it is incredibly eclectic, it is a wonderful show to visit if you are a new or established collector, there are so many interesting artworks and styles on view, the exhibition helps guide our collectors in developing their tastes.

After viewing Nicole's available work in December, the client left to consider whether the work was the right fit for his space. He spent a few months thinking about the piece, and then contacted us this summer to move forward with installing the work.

THE ARTWORK: Nicole Patel's artwork represents all things minimal. Her graph series, created with a single thread across a muslin surface, explore elements of drawing and design through textile. Patel's artwork pairs beautifully with the sleek and sophisticated style of the minimalist home. We felt the combination of the geometric grid and the natural aspects of Nicole’s materials were a perfect fit for this sleek modern apartment perfectly.

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OUR ADVICE: We encourage collectors to go at their own pace when deciding on artwork. Buying a new piece for your home is an important decision, for some - they are quick to choose and fill their walls with art, others like spending more time carefully considering the options. Although, if you spend too much time thinking about a piece it may be sold by the time you contact the gallery! 

We were thrilled with how perfectly the artwork fit into his space. Our installer, Jonathan Stangroom, and the Abigail Ogilvy team goes to the client's home when installing to give advice on where the work should hang, how high, and if objects or other artwork should be moved around to make room for the new piece. Patel’s work fills the room with a presence. It acts as an anchor for the viewer, like the steady breaths of meditation, allowing us to gain a new vantage point for observation and acceptance.

As a new art collector, this is the first piece the client has ever acquired for his space. We are always excited to help build a new collection, and we are so grateful for our client's thoughtfulness when choosing Nicole Patel's artwork.

Nicole Patel, "Aqua Graph," Cotton Thread on Natural Muslin with Red Oak Frame, 40 x 32 in.

Close up: Black Graph, image courtesy of Sweetu Patel

Art Fair Guide: NYC March 2018

As winter is leaving and spring is around the corner, New York City is getting ready to host their annual art fairs spanning from March 7 - March 11, 2018. Here are just a few you should be sure to check out:

The Armory Show 2018:
The Armory Show is a four day long event that will be featuring 193 galleries from 31 countries. This is the biggest art show in New York; with artwork that ranges from historical masterpieces to the latest 20th-and 21st-century contemporary art. Boston's very own Jen Mergel is one of the curators this year, along with Gabriel Ritter (Minneapolis Institute of Art) and Naomi Beckwith (MCA Chicago). Make sure to arrive early in the day and wear your comfortable shoes, the line to get into this fair is known to be two hours or longer as the day progresses! 

Location: Piers 92 & 94, 711 12th Avenue at 55th Street, NY
Website: https://www.thearmoryshow.com/

NADA NYC 2017

NADA NYC 2017

NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance):
The New Art Dealers Alliances’ 2018 show is another fantastic annual fair that focuses on supporting and advancing new voices in contemporary art. The fair is known for the wide variety of artwork, from emerging to more established galleries. We always enjoy the NADA Projects section of the fair, where you can discover and support new galleries - most have been operating for less than five years. The diversity of the artwork in this fair lends itself to the snap-happy social mediites looking for notable finds.

Location: Skylight Clarkson Sq, at 550 Washington St, NY
Website: https://www.newartdealers.org/fairs/2018/new-york

Volta 2017: Alex Gardner paintings at  Taubert Contemporary

Volta 2017: Alex Gardner paintings at Taubert Contemporary

VOLTA NY:
VOLTA NY will showcases solo exhibitions by established and emerging international artists. This is one of our favorite fairs to attend because each booth offers a cohesive body of work by a single artist, allowing the gallery to showcase a thematic booth - unlike the more chaotic spread of artworks you might find at the other fairs. Their goal is to attract both new and seasoned collectors alike through this more approachable format of solo booths.

Location: Pier 90, 711 12th Avenue at West 50th Street, NY
Website: http://ny.voltashow.com/about/

Spring/Break Art Show:
Spring/Break Art Show will be presenting their 2018 show titled “Stranger Comes to Town” with artwork that showcases foreignness, migration, assimilation, and the articulation of Them or Us incorporated into their artwork. Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly founded the art fair in 2009, and since then it has become one of the top fairs to attend during art fair week. Known for the well-curated, thought-provoking rooms that tell a story beyond the artworks that surround you. By including new and established curators, the fair lends itself to a unique and interesting experience each year.

Website: http://www.springbreakartshow.com/

New Year's Resolution: Start Collecting Art

A Guide to Making and Keeping Your Art Collecting Resolution in 2018

It’s that time of year again. We pledge to eat healthier, be happier, and throw money at pricey gym memberships we’ll never actually use. Here’s one resolution worth sticking to: start collecting art. 

Why should I start collecting art?

Unlike that gym membership, the perfect piece of art has no expiration date, no cancellation fees, and is something that you’ll enjoy and appreciate in your home every day. There are also no excuses; technology has made it easier than ever to purchase art. You can buy a painting from the comfort of your living room sofa with the touch of a button.

Buying a contemporary artwork is more than just a monetary transaction. Its value and impact extends far beyond the number on the price tag and its place on your wall. When you buy an artwork, you are investing in your community, promoting the arts as a cultural institution, bolstering the career of an emerging or mid-career artist, and possibly, embracing a meaningful message or cause. 

Identify & Develop Your Taste:

The first step to collecting is knowing what you like and what you don’t like. Collecting art is less about aesthetics and more about self-expression. The best piece of art—the one that’s truly worth your investment—is something that captivates you both visually and emotionally. That something is different for everyone; taste is personal. The more time you put in, the more you’ll refine and clarify your personal taste.

If you aren’t exactly sure what speaks to you, look around and see what’s out there. Visit auctions, galleries, and museums. Events like SoWa Boston’s First Friday are great opportunities to explore a diverse range of styles and converse with gallerists and artists alike. Browse through websites like Artnet and Artsy. Scroll through Instagram (try #contemporaryart). The educational process of collecting is an ongoing one… The more informed you become, the easier it will be to identify what you like or dislike and why.

Installation of  Soul Sea I  (2017)  Natalia Wróbel . Oil on canvas. 72x60 in.

Installation of Soul Sea I (2017)
Natalia Wróbel. Oil on canvas. 72x60 in.

Know Your Budget:

Art collecting is for everyone. Whether your budget is $100 or $100,000, there is something out there for you. Buying and collecting art should be easy and affordable, and fine art should be accessible to everyone. Don’t be discouraged from pursuing an artwork a little out of your price range. ArtMoney is a great tool for fitting that once-in-a-lifetime, have-to-have-it piece into your  budget with monthly payment plans.

Most importantly, make sure it’s something you love:

Always acknowledge what you like, regardless of what you may think you’re supposed to like or what is current. Your art collection is a reflection of you, so be true to your personal taste. The real value of collecting comes from the enjoyment of having a great piece of art in your home, not from the potential of re-selling at a higher price. Your art collection is an embodiment of your identity and individuality, much like the clothes you wear or the music you listen to. Over time, your collection will expand and evolve, becoming a visual diary of your life and a timeline of your personal evolution.