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#18 The Suit and the Sweater


Guest Tad Smith. Photo credit: Sandy Smallens

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#18 The Suit and the Sweater

BY Charlotte Burns
executive editor of In Other Words

The art industry is changing rapidly and, in this episode, Tad Smith (president and CEO of Sotheby’s) and Allan Schwartzman discuss how they respond to the challenges and opportunities that this presents. Bringing different perspectives to the conversation, they discuss how to create change and foster innovation.

“In Other Words” is a presentation of AAP and Sotheby’s, produced by

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Charlotte Burns: Hello and welcome to In Other Words. I'm your host, Charlotte Burns. Joining us today, we have Tad Smith, the president and CEO of Sotheby's. Hi, Tad. Tad Smith: Hello. Charlotte Burns: And we have Allan Schwartzman, the co-founder of AAP and the chairman of Sotheby's Global Fine…


Tad Smith

president and CEO of Sotheby's

Tad Smith was appointed president and CEO of Sotheby’s in March 2015. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, he served as president and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company. Previously, Smith was president of local media at Cablevision Systems Corporation and prior to that, CEO of Reed Business Information (RBI), the US business-to-business division of Reed Elsevier Group PLC.

Smith received an M.A. of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he has taught in the Entertainment, Media, and Technology program.

Allan Schwartzman

Allan Schwartzman was a Founder and Principal of AAP. He brought to the company more than 20 years’ experience in advising some of the world’s most influential and sophisticated collectors in forming their holdings of contemporary art, both individually and in conjunction with their stewardship of major museums.

Schwartzman is also widely respected as an independent curator, most notably for Instituto Inhotim, the visionary contemporary art park set within a 5,000-acre botanical garden in Brazil. As creative director and chief curator of Inhotim, he has been central to developing the collection of the renowned institution and commissioning its signature site-specific works by artists including Chris Burden, Giuseppe Penone, Matthew Barney, Doris Salcedo, Doug Aitken, Rivane Neuenschwander, Olafur Eliasson and Rirkrit Tiravanija, including projects that could not have been realized anywhere else.

Known equally as a tastemaker in contemporary art and an authority on the art market, Schwartzman is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Art Basel and notable events around the world.

Schwartzman was a founding staff member of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City and served as curator from 1977 to 1980. He has written extensively about art for publications including The New Yorker, the New York Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Artforum and Art in America and was a contributing editor of Connoisseur. He served as a board member of Franklin Furnace from 1980 to 2000 and currently serves on the Board of Artists Space, one of New York’s premier alternative spaces, having also served as the board’s president.

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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