#74 On the Ground in L.A.Published 13 February 2020
Tune in for this behind-the-scenes talk between host Charlotte Burns and journalist Jori Finkel on the rise of the L.A. art scene. A California correspondent for The New York Times and The Art Newspaper, as well as author of the book It Speaks to Me: Art That Inspires Artists, Finkel talks about the artists who make the city unique and the real reason why it’s become a major arts hub—and it predates Frieze L.A., the second edition of which is being staged this week.
This wide-ranging conversation covers topics from motherhood as “the last taboo in the art market” to why women artists aren’t given more “blockbuster” shows, to the ethics of reporting on the art world. For this and much more, download the show today.
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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 live in Los Angeles with the journalist Jori Finkel, who writes for publications including The New York Times. For her new book, It Speaks to Me: Art that Inspires Artists, Jori asked 50 artists to tell her about their favorite work of art.
Jori, thanks for joining me today.
Jori Finkel: Oh, it’s my pleasure.
Charlotte Burns: Before we begin today’s episode, here’s a reminder to subscribe to our weekly In Other Words newsletter at artagencypartners.com. Now, onto today’s show. Great.
West Coast correspondent for The Art Newspaper and contributor to the New York Times
Jori Finkel is a journalist who moved to Los Angeles from New York in 2005 to cover the growing art scene there. She is currently the West Coast correspondent for The Art Newspaper and a regular contributor to the New York Times arts pages. Her previous positions include staff art reporter for the Los Angeles Times and senior editor of Art+Auction magazine in New York. Jori’s writing has also appeared in W magazine, Art in America, ARTnews, Flash Art and Town & Country to name a few. She earned her B.A. in English from Columbia University and her M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Stanford University, where she studied the Dada and Surrealism. She has taught at Stanford and the Otis College of Art and Design and lectures regularly on the art market, feminist art and other topics within contemporary art.
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.