Is Good Business the Best Art?
Sunday, March 15
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Austin Convention Center
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.
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...Show the rest
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 fairs and auctions. Artsy provides free access via its website (Artsy.net) and iPhone app to 250,000 images of art and architecture by 30,000 artists, which includes the world’s largest online database of contemporary art. Its mission is to make all the world’s art freely accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.
Carter was chosen by Forbes to headline the Art & Style category of its annual "30 Under 30" list (2014) and has been included in Art + Auction's "Power List" (2013) and Business Insider's "Rising Stars of New York Tech" (2012). He has received the Yahoo! Rookie Disruptor Award, given to the first-time founder with the highest potential out of the twenty companies selected to compete at TechCrunch's Disrupt event. Carter has guest lectured at Princeton University and spoken at international conferences including DLD and the World Economic Forum’s CEO Workshop Series.
Carter founded Artsy in his dorm room at Princeton University, where he was a member of the varsity squash team and diSiac Dance Company, graduating in 2009 with a degree in Computer Science Engineering. He’s been published in the 1st edition of Hacker Monthly and represented St. Pauls in the Hans Woyda Math competition, placing #1 in the UK.
Carter's love for art was born from a lucky childhood spent being dragged to galleries and museums by art-obsessed parents. Some of Carter's favorite artists include Gregory Crewdson, Shirin Neshat, John Baldessari, and Alexander Calder.Hide the rest
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...Show the rest
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. He deals with themes such as reflection on the haves and have-nots, utopian follies, dystopian realities, profligate consumption and even more profligate waste as he expands his scope of creativity from crude yet ingenious perversions of weaponry and luxury accoutrements. His sculptures show all of the work that goes into production—a reversal of modernization’s trend of opaque, clean and more perfect edges, Sachs’s sculptures are conspicuously handmade; lovingly cobbled together from plywood, cardboard, resin, steel and ceramic. The scars and imperfections in the sculpture tell the story of how it came into being and are removed from the realm of miraculous conception. His studio team of ten, functions like a teaching hospital or cult, that worships plywood and an ethos of transparency. Keeping it all visually and conceptually unified, is a strict code of ethics that Sachs has developed regarding creativity, caprice, play and discipline as detailed in the short film Ten Bullets. His film collaborations with Van Neistat (since 2001) have served to represent the aspects of the sculptures that exist in time. View them all at www.tenbullets.com
Sachs' SPACE PROGRAM first launched in 2007 with a mission to the moon at Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles. In 2012 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, Sachs and his team ventured further than any human before, by taking his SPACE PROGRAM to Mars in search of life beyond Earth. By using all of their resources and man power, they embark on a journey that, through their labor and commitment, becomes as real as any other NASA mission. By realizing details to an extreme degree the experience becomes authentic.
Sachs' work has been included in many exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, and is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Major solo exhibitions include the Contemporary Austin (2015), Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2009), Fondazione Prada, Milan (2006), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin and SITE Santa Fe (1999). Sachs lives and works in New York.Hide the rest