2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Is Good Business the Best Art?

Sunday, March 15
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Ballroom D
Austin Convention Center

Tom Sachs is the internationally-acclaimed contemporary artist famous for his iconic and subversive works such as Space Program: Mars, and Barbie Slave Ship.

Forbes 30 Under 30 headliner Carter Cleveland is the CEO of Artsy, a startup he founded in his Princeton dorm room before raising $26 million dollars from investors like Peter Thiel, Eric Schmidt, Jack Dorsey, and Larry Gagosian. With over $9.5 billion dollars of inventory, Artsy is the world's largest platform for modern and contemporary art.

Tom may think Artsy is a tech monstrosity that reduces art to 1's and 0's, and Carter may think Tom is a paranoid narcissist who considers himself too good for the Internet–but they both agree with Warhol who said that "Making money is art, and good business is the best art."

Together they'll discuss: how to achieve business success without selling your soul, how to sell your soul (i.e. fundraising), management and leadership in creative organizations, and what the Internet means for the future of the art business.


Carter Cleveland

Founder & CEO


Carter Cleveland is the founder and CEO of Artsy, the resource for learning about and collecting art from over 3,000 leading galleries, 400 museum and institutional partners, and over 50 select art...

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Joshua Heller

Engagement Editor


Tom Sachs

Creative Dir

Cinderblock Productions

Tom Sachs (b.1966, New York) is a sculptor, installation artist, and painter known for his innovative renaming, examination, and questioning of icons of capitalist culture and systems of daily life...

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