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16 January 2020

#73 The Year in Art


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Charlotte Burns: Hello and welcome to In Other Words, where we cover everything you ever wanted to know about the art world but didn’t know who to ask.

I’m your host, Charlotte Burns, and today we’re going to be talking about the year that was: 2019 rounds out, what feels like a long decade. This was a year of protests and profound change. We’re going to be looking back on what happened, what our guests talked about and what our listeners most responded to.

Joining me are two of our somewhat regular guests. I’m happy to welcome you both back: Ian Alteveer Alteveer, the Aaron I. Fleischman curator of Modern and contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum here in New York. Ian, thanks for coming back on the show.

Ian Alteveer: It’s my favorite. I’m so glad to be here.

Charlotte Burns: Oh! Thanks! And Julia Halperin, who is the executive editor of artnet News and together with me, she’s the co-author of “Women’s Place in the Art World: Why Recent Advancements for Female Artists are Largely an Illusion”, which is the second major annual data study that In Other Words has produced with artnet News.

More on that later in the show, no doubt. Julia, thank you for joining me.


Julia Halperin

executive editor, artnet News

Julia Halperin is executive editor of artnet News, where she oversees editorial operations for the world’s most widely read art news site and manages a staff of editors and writers in London, Berlin, and New York. Previously, she served as museums editor of The Art Newspaper, where she oversaw international coverage of museums and other major art institutions, and as news editor of Art + Auction magazine. Her writing has appeared in WIRED magazine, the New York Observer, and New York magazine. Halperin holds a BA in art history and English literature from Columbia University.

Ian Alteveer

curator of Modern and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum

Ian Alteveer is the Aaron I. Fleischman curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s department of Modern and contemporary Art. He organized “Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space” as well as the recent smash-hit retrospective “Kerry James Marshall: Mastry”, which traveled to LA Moca. He was in charge of the 2015 Roof Garden Commission by Pierre Huyghe and was part of the curatorial team for “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years” in 2012.

Alteveer also curated “Once Upon a Time and Now”, an exhibition celebrating the reopening of the New York LGBT Community Center in 2015.

Before working at the Met, Alteveer was a graduate curatorial fellow and curatorial assistant at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery.

Charlotte Burns

executive editor of In Other Words

Charlotte Burns is the editor of In Other Words, our weekly newsletters and podcasts. She was previously the US news and market editor for The Art Newspaper, as well as a regular correspondent for publications such as the Guardian and Monocle. Previously, she worked with the London dealer Anthony d’Offay on special projects. For several years, she was a consultant at the cultural communications agency, Bolton & Quinn. She also worked at Hauser & Wirth in London.

Burns received a Masters degree (with Merit) from the Courtauld Institute in Art and Cultural Politics in Germany, 1890-1945, as well as a first-class B.A. honors degree in English and History of Art from Birmingham University. She moved to New York in 2010.

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