A new podcast invites listeners to take a deep dive into the inner workings of the art industry. Hosted by advisor and educator Emily McElwreath and led by artist and curator Morgan Everhart, The Art Career podcast is for titans of the art world, as well as emerging young professionals, to explore the world of multiple facets of work in art. Designed for aficionados and those curious about the field, the podcast provides excellent insight into the pressing issues facing art professionals. Listeners can hear insights and stories from some of the industry’s leading figures, including Marilyn Minter, Leo Fitzpatrick and Laurie Simmons.
The Art Career aims to demystify some of the many hidden aspects of the art industry. “The art world is bananas,” explains McElwreath. “You have to follow the rules and break them at the same time…I founded The Art Career to create a smoother experience for artists and art professionals who want to participate in this contradictory industry that is both exclusive and very welcoming.”
The episodes released so far have been accessible even to art novices, but incorporate academic and historical references and esoteric anecdotes that listeners can look up if they wish. Informative and well researched, each episode is entertaining without fail. The podcast includes conversations with a range of professionals, providing useful insight into the many facets of the industry. Among the guests and topics discussed are Dana Prussian, Senior Vice President of Art Services at Bank of America, who discusses her work managing billions of dollars in art and the growth of art as an asset in large private banks; painter Deja Patterson discussing her exploration of societal discrimination and issues of race, body image and sexuality; and gallerist, actor and actor and gallerist Leo Fitzpatrick who shares candid insight into the art industry in general.
“We took care not only to approach the icons of our generation but also to invite emerging artists and art professionals. The TAC hits both ends of the spectrum to adequately represent our ecosystem. We make the art world more accessible to everyone,” says McElwreath.
A highlight of the season is the inaugural episode with artist and activist Marilyn Minter. For listeners unfamiliar with Minter, McElwreath provides a helpful visual description of his work and insight into his career. Both dive deep into topics ranging from the marginalization of women throughout art history to the importance of creating a community of supportive artists.
“I always say being an artist is too competitive… My theory is to work as a team, girls,” Minter tells McElwreath, adding that his first inclination as a young artist was to reject other artists – men and women. women – whose work she was jealous of to make more room for herself. She realized that was not the way to build community. “I did the opposite action…I went to the girls and boys I was jealous of and said ‘God, your work is so good, I’m such a fan’…a once you say those words, the poison flows out and then you actually mean it and you become co-workers.
Where the episode shines are the more candid moments in which Minter talks about larger topics unrelated to art. As a longtime supporter of Planned Parenthood, Minter speaks to the topics of reproductive rights, feminism, toxic masculinity and the importance of education.
“Information. People just need information,” Minter says. “Those poor fucking souls who are afraid of the word ‘gay’ or ‘trans’, they don’t even know the language. Why can’t the patriarchy share power They won’t lose anything We’re all asking to share power We’re not trying to take over What’s so hard about it ?
Minter is open and honest as always, seeming comfortable answering all questions, including personal questions about sexuality and addiction. Although these are personal anecdotes, they reflect larger issues that many people face, especially artists and creatives.
Another season highlight is episode two, in which McElwreath chats with Max Kendrick, co-founder and CEO of Fairchain, a new company that ensures artists and galleries benefit financially from the sales of works of art, an issue that is becoming increasingly important in the secondary market. . The episode dives deep into the issues that arise when artworks are resold and returned and explains how Fairchain establishes new revenue streams. Kendrick and McElwreath also discuss the importance of protecting buyers from counterfeiting and fraud, and introduce listeners to more technical issues of provenance and authentication.
The Art Career constantly presents new topics that keep the listener interested. Stylistically, the episodes range from more personal accounts, like Minter’s, to more technical and scholarly information, like Kendrick’s. In this well-balanced range, the overall tone of each episode remains surprisingly conversational, a testament to the craftsmanship of the creators, as well as that of their guests. Each speaker is highly qualified and able to talk about complex, often daunting topics in understandable and accessible terms. Overall, The Art Career podcast is a valuable addition to any art lover’s weekly listen.