The Artsy Podcast, No. 3: What Happens to Cities When the Art World Comes to Town

Artsy’s team of editors takes you behind the scenes of the best stories in art.

For episode three of the Artsy podcast, our editors explore what it means when the art world comes to a town near you.   

San Francisco Art World Innovates to Survive Tech Boom

First up, we look at San Francisco. Few cities in the United States have experiencing the kind of rapid shifts that San Francisco has in recent years. As demand rises for housing, thanks to the tech boom, so does rent, and the Bay Area is currently the most expensive real estate market in the country. Picking up on George Philip LeBourdais’s recent article for Artsy, we discuss how such changes are impacting the city’s arts community and San Francisco’s growing art market. With Gagosian Gallery setting up shop across from SFMOMA and other east coast art market staples trying to tap into the wealth of Silicon Valley, we ask what San Francisco’s future holds.

Art Basel Has a Plan to Create New Cultural Capitals

With emerging art capitals in mind, we move on Art Basel Cities, the swiss mega-fair’s recently-announced initiative that will see it expand beyond its role of hosting the world’s preeminent art fairs in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Art Basel now plans to work with cities around the globe to create cultural programing aimed at placing them on the international art world map. What do we know so far? Would San Francisco be a good fit? And how has Art Basel transformed the cities it already calls home? On that final point we turn to Artsy’s Alexander Forbes, who has just returned from Art Basel in Hong Kong.


This podcast is hosted by Artsy Editorial Associate Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Deputy Editor Alexander Forbes and Senior Editor Tess Thackara. It was produced by Joe Sykes, with production assistance provided by Abigail Cain.

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Intro Music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free