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A conversation with Artsy CEO Mike Steib on the powerful impact of art on culture today and in the future
Art is ever-evolving with the times, and the great works we see emerging today from established and new artists alike not only reflect the present moment, but what will come to define what is a fine and rare collectible in the future.
Mike Steib, CEO of Artsy, the leading art marketplace that envisions a future where everyone is moved by art every day, reflects on this important point. “There are signals as to the cultural relevance of an artist and the future impact that that artist may have on the art market,” he noted.
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One of the key indicators measuring the influence of an artist lies in their ability to seamlessly integrate a specific sense of time and place into their work that sparks a connected, emotional response from audiences.
This has become a hallmark of the present day art market as it’s moved towards a more inclusive representation of diverse voices, particularly those who possess a unique gift for capturing key moments in time through the use of innovative mediums and culturally impactful messaging.
Surrounded by evocative works from his personal collection and those at Chase Contemporary in East Hampton, NY, by artists including Robert Cottingham and Blek le Rat, Steib celebrates how fine art today is becoming more reflective of the broader world.
“Artists are creating an impact on our culture, either because of what that artist had to say at this moment in time and it echoes through history, or because the art is so important to, and speaks to, you and your family,” Steib said.
Steib’s commentary also looks ahead to how the momentous art of today will continue to inspire audiences and shift the landscape of the industry in the generations to come. He points to the broader NFT collectible market and its influence on the digital art movement as an example that suggests that creative mediums and what we consider fine art will continue to evolve and leave an indelible imprint on the world.
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With a collaborative vision for the future, The Macallan looks forward to curating further distinguished additions to the Fine & Rare Collection, continuing the brand’s storied legacy today and in the decades ahead.
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Photography by: Photography By Rick Wenner