Welcome to the Smart Art Business Podcast hosted by art business coach Rachel Wilkins. The Smart Art Business Podcast aims to help visual artists and creative entrepreneurs grow and sustain a successful business. Featuring tangible advice and inspiring interviews with artists and industry experts, you will learn how to brand, market, and sell your art the smart way


In this episode, Rachel Wilkins hosts art critic and author, Ben Davis who sheds light on his role as an art critic, how the pandemic has impacted the art world and his views on industry recovery process. He speaks on the direct buyer to consumer relationship that now exists between buyers and artists, art fatigue, how the pandemic has influenced relocation of galleries and the importance of criticism and debates on art.



Ben Davis is an art critic living and working in New York City. He is the author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class (Haymarket, 2013) and currently National Art Critic for Artnet News. He was an editor of The Elements of Architecture (Taschen, 2018). Recent essays have appeared in the books Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (MIT Press, 2016) and The Future of Public Space (Metropolis, 2018). His writings have been featured in Adbusters, The Brooklyn Rail, e-Flux Journal, Frieze, New York, The New York Times, Slate, The Village Voice, and many others. In 2019, Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab reported that he was one of the five most influential art critics in the United States, and the only one to write for an online publication.



In this episode we discuss:

  • How the pandemic has impacted the art world and views on industry recovery.
  • How the pandemic has accelerated processes, including relocation of galleries to the more affluent locations
  • Thought on the direct buyer to consumer relationship that now exists between buyers and artists without the red tape
  • Roles of an art critic
  • The different audiences that exist within the arts industry
  • Art fatigue, art starvation and 
  • Importance of criticism and debates on art


Ben Davis’ Website: Benadavis.com

Rachel Wilkins Website: http://www.smartartbiz.com/


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