Episode 35

Episode 35 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / INDEPENDENT SPECIAL with Mills Morán, gallerist, co-founder of Morán Morán and Felix Art Fair, Los Angeles
Recorded June 3, 2021, 38 min. Language: english

In this special Episode, created in collaboration with Independent Art Fair, I talk to Mills Morán, co-founder of the gallery Morán Morán with his brother Al and, together with collector Dean Valentine, of Felix Art Fair in Los Angeles. Mills talks about his childhood in El Salvador, the reasons the family had to leave the country and the different places they settled, before living in Miami and finally in Los Angeles. He talks about how he connected with the artist community and how knowing artists led him and his brother to first found a project space and ultimately the gallery. Mills relates the history of the gallery, giving every aspect of developing the family business together with his brother, his relations to the artists, other galleries and the collectors. He talks how work and relations changed and developed in times of the pandemic and gives an outlook into the future for the gallery as well as the fair. Listen to this informative and engaging talk with a passionate gallerist and supporter of artists. This talk will be also part of the Independent Art Fair OVR in September 2021.

Episode 34

Episode 34 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Florian Peters-Messer, Collector of Contemporary Art, Viersen, Germany
Recorded May 9, 2021, 42 min, Language: English

A talk with Florian Peters-Messer, passionate collector of contemporary art. Florian co-curated the exhibitions „Fuck Your Fear“ at VAN HORN in 2019 and „Empört Euch!/Time For Outrage“ with Linda Peitz at Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf in 2020, where he also serves as member of the boards of the friends of the museum. Florian is the author of two books and runs a family business with seat in Viersen, Germany. He talks about how his art teacher at school ignited the deep and lasting interest for contemporary art in him, how meeting artist Thomas Hirschhorn in the 1990’s changed his whole outlook on art and that he feels more and more drawn to political, social and psychological art.  He talks about his process of collecting, citing examples like „Rotterdam Rostock“ by artist Erik van Lieshout and talks about feeling a certain kind of responsibility to collect and preserve these more complicated works of art for the public. We talk in depth about how anger can be a destructive force and a danger for democracy, as well as a source of creativity when expressed in works of art, like in the installations by artist Henrike Naumann. Florian reminds us that art plays a inportant role in understanding and reflecting society and the human condition and that preserving our environment and having real human contact are what we need just now.

Episode 33

Episode 33 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Joanna Kamm, Director of Liste Art Fair, Basel
Episode 33, recorded March 15, 2021, 31 min. Language: english

My guest today is Joanna Kamm, Founder and Owner of the eponymous gallery from 2001 to 2014 in Berlin and since 2018 Director of Liste Art Fair, Basel. Joanna moved to Berlin in 1989, shortly before the wall came down. She talks about how that changed everything and that the atmosphere of „everything is possible“ opened up many opportunities for a whole generation. Joanna studied german Literature and Philosophy before she fell for art, first opening a project space before founding the gallery. She talks about the development of the gallery, that she always loved to discover artists and how her experiences as gallerist and as board member of ABC Berlin were invaluable for her current post at Director of Liste Art fair. She truly believes in humanistic values and the importance art has for Society. She gives some first hand and personal insights into the meaning galleries have for art, artists and cultural production. In the second half of the Podcast she talks about new ideas and projects for Liste, analog as well as digital, and some new and exciting plans for the upcoming fair in September 2021.  Episode 33, recorded March 15, 2021, 31 min. Language: english

Episode 32

Episode 32 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Mareike Dittmer, Director of Public Engagement at TBA21-Academy, Zürich, Switzerland
Recorded April 15, 2021. 53 min. Language: english

My guest today is Mareike Dittmer, Director of Public Engagement at TBA21-Academy, Zürich, Switzerland. Mareike’s skill is communication and she takes us onto an elaborate journey through her life. In the first part of this Episode Mareike talks her upbringing in East Germany, why she first trained in banking before attending art school and her diving into the underground artworld of 90s Berlin, working in London, her years at Frieze Magazine and her engagement with the 9th Futurological Congress and the Museum Susch in Engadin, Switzerland. In the 2nd half of the Podcast she speaks in depth about TBA21 Art Foundation and Academy, the Ocean Uni, the past year under Corona measurements and her plans and wishes for the future. She mentions many people she cherishes and cooperated with and shares her belief in serendipity, that she keeps her doors open for luck to come in and how she’s very glad that there seems to be a new sense of togetherness. 

Episode 31

Episode 31 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Grant Wahlquist, gallerist, writer, curator, Portland, Maine
March 2021, 36 min., Language: english

There are as many ways to become a gallery owner as there are galleries. A perfect example of somebody who treaded a completely individual path is my current guest Grant Wahlquist, owner of the eponymous gallery for contemporary art in Portland, Maine since 2017.
Grant has a broad education and studied a variety of topics. He seriously learned to play classical piano for 15 years, holds degrees in Philosophy, Art and Religion and even attended the fuller theological seminary.
Grant is a doctor of law, he was an associate at a law firm and worked as a freelance attorney before he became an art critic and a curatorial assistant at the Orange County Museum of Art, where he worked on exhibitions by artists like i.e. Peter Saul and Mary Heilman.
Grant talks about his studies and inclinations as a young man, the opportunities and challenges of opening a gallery outside of the big commercial hubs, his fascination with mid-career artists and how to combine business with cultural and philosophical integrity.
It’s a pleasure to listen to his reflections and insights about art, the gallery business and living a good life.

Episode 30

Episode 30 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Haley Mellin, painter and land conservationist, founder of „Art into Acres“.
A 38 min. in-depth talk with Haley, plus an extra 10 minutes of Haley Mellin interviewing Daniela Steinfeld. Recorded March 24, full length 49 min. Language: English.

In this talk, my guest is Haley Mellin, a painter and land conservationist. Haley founded „Art into Acres“, a non-profit initiative supporting artists and artworks in conserving large-scale landscapes for a positive impact on climate, biodiversity and irreplaceable ecosystems. She also founded conserve.org as a platform for people to be able to permanently conserve a single acre of land for the cost of a dinner out.
Her own painting practice happens „on the road“ while attending to conservation projects. She’s working with institutions like Hauser & Wirth, MOMA PS1, MOCA L.A., the Guggenheim and – very recently – the Kunstmuseum Bonn, to name just a few. A large part of her work is dedicated to supporting artists and smaller organisations like non-profits or galleries with their carbon footprints and how to reduce them.
Being an artist, she is the perfect intermediary between the land conservation organisations and the art world and entertains strong, trustful relations with the artists that donate their artworks and participants from the art community who are learning and looking into their carbon emissions through calculation and reduction approaches.
We discuss her upbringing and love for being outdoors, nurtured by her father, who held the view that „giving back is a large part of being alive.“ We talk about how she started painting and exhibiting at a young age and how art and conservation interlace in her life and practice. She shares her profound knowledge and deep insights into how art and conservation, both meant to last, go hand in hand.
This talk celebrates the 30th Episode of „Voices On Art,“ with Haley Mellin as a special guest and with a small „bonus track“: Haley unexpectedly started asking me questions herself.

Episode 29

Episode 29 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Elizabeth Dee, Advocate, Strategist, Publisher, Writer, Advisor and co-Founder of the Independent Art Fair, NYC, March 2021, 57 Min., Language: English

My guest for this talk is Elizabeth Dee, co-Founder of the Inpependent Art Fair and Director of the John Giorno Foundation. She ran her eponymous Gallery in NYC for 18 years and founded the X Intiative, from which Independent developed. Elizabeth now sees herself in a variety of roles –  a Collector, an Artist, a Curator, a Teacher, a Lecturer, a Strategist, an Advocate, an Entrepreneur, a Publisher, a Writer, an Advisor and the Director of an art fair. This is an almost one hour in depth talk about Elizabeth’s background, her upbringing and her studies at an all women’s college, her beginnings as an artist (and cellist) and the many decisions she made and the uncounted doors she went through in a more than 20 years career in the artworld. Coming from a non-privileged background she had to face some hardships and learned everything from scratch, which gave her knowledge about almost all fields of the artworld. She shares her expertise in how to run a gallery, how to develop an art fair – even under dire circumstances – and above all, her deep passion for art and artists. She is very honest and let’s us partake in her personal feelings, thoughts and experiences and thus gives us a lot to think and learn about.

Episode 28

Episode 28 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / JMichael Zimmer, art collector, entrepreneur, consultant, benefactor, founder of „The Inhabited Garden“, Pulheim
February 2021, 35 min., Language: English

My guest today is Michael Zimmer, entrepreneur, investor, consultant, art collector, founder of the sculpture park „The Inhabited Garden“ and editor of the book „A Sculpture Garden.“ Michael is extensively involved in social issues and has initiated or founded various foundations to help people in need. We talk his upbringing and how through art he got „a room on his own“ and that art was his refuge as a young man. He relates how he first studied art history before going into real estate and how he merged these two fields in his life. We talk in depth about his sculpture garden, what the main ideas are behind this unique project, how the international artists are selected and that it’s roots in Northrhine-Westphalia are very important to him. His deep interest lies with the human condition, so he is listening to his guests and extends his hospitality to the artists, their sculptures and anybody who visits the garden. To learn more go to their website: https://www.derbewohntegarten.de, there you find also information about the beautiful book „A Sculpture Garden“.

Episode 27

Episode 27 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Jennifer Higgie, writer, author, editor and host of Bowdown Podcast, London, UK
February 2021, 38 min., Language: English

My guest today is Jennifer Higgie, writer and art critic. She has been Editor at Large for Frieze Magazine and is the host of Bowdown a wonderful Podcast about women in art history, she curated the Hayward touring and Arts Council exhibition „One Day, Something. Happens: Pictures of People“ and wrote and illustrated the children’s book „There’s Not One“. Currently she is working on various screenplays and writing projects. Her book „The Mirror and the Palette: 500 Years of Women’s Self-Portraits“ is forthcoming at Weidenfeld & Nicolson in March 2021. We discuss her art studies in Australia, her moving to London, her transition from artist to writer and her love for painting. We talk the importance of art criticism, the need to highlight all kinds of inequality, including gender inequality. We talk her Bowdown Podcast about women in art history, which is one of the best art Podcasts around and new upcoming book „The Mirror and the Palette: 500 years of Women Self-Portraits“, to be published in March 2021 at Weidenfeld & Nicolson. It’s a personal and insighful talk and I loved speaking to Jennifer. Recorded February 6, 2021.

Episode 26

Episode 26 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Bettina Steinbrügge, Director of Kunstverein in Hamburg, curator, writer, lecturer and teacher
January 2021, 31 min., Language: English

Bettina Steinbrügge tells us how she got fascinated by art as a school kid, how she travelled Europe as a teenager with Interrail and saw all Picasso Museums and how she thinks an institution in the current times in the 2021 Century has to change and rethink to contribute to an ever changing society. We talk about the need for care and empathy, economic and cultural thinking, the need for community and how the digital helps us to communicate and stay in touch with each other. She stresses the necessity to pose new questions and utters her wish that society and politics make a statement for the arts.

Episode 25

Episode 25 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Oliver Koerner von Gustorf / writer, curator, former gallery owner, living in Berlin and the countryside
January 2021, 60 min., Language: English

In this first Episode of 2021 I speak with Oliver Koerner von Gustorf, writer, curator and former co-owner of gallery September in Berlin. Oliver regularly contributes to Art Magazines like Monopol and the Feuilletons of the German Newspaper landscape. Recent articles include „30 Jahre deutsche Einheit (30 years German unification) – Pop life“ about the art and music scene of the 80s and 90s in Berlin, of which he was a part of and „Commons retten die Kunst – Plädoyer für eine gewöhnliche Kultur (Commons save the arts – plea for a commons culture)“, both published in Monopol Magazine. We talk his early years in the Berlin subculture of Punks, squatting, clubs and dilettante art making. He reveals his personal struggle, taking care of his boyfriend who suffered of HIV/AIDS and ultimately died of it and how he became a writer in the course of an exhibition of the band „Die tödliche Doris (deadly Doris)“ of which his late boyfriend was a member. We get a deep insight into the attitudes of the art scene of these years in Berlin. From there on Oliver was invited to write for the TAZ and even started writing for the art department of Deutsche Bank. We talk art, identity, capitalism, poverty, money, art fairs, galleries – the full gamut. As a writer Oliver reflects and verbalize his experiences deeply and gives them to us in an extraordinary way. Enjoy.

Episode 24

Episode 24 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Joanne Greenbaum, artist, painter, sculptor and teacher, based in New York City and Long Island
December 2020, 38 min., Language: English

In Episode 24 we talk about art and life – which is indistinguishably intertwined in the person of acclaimed painter Joanne Greenbaum. Painting since decades and knowing she is an artist since the age of 5, Greenbaum gives us an insight into painting, drawing and working with clay – through which she reveals to us who she is, how she thinks and how she expresses her brain activity to the world. To use the words of philosopher Ludger Schwarte, Greenbaum in her paintings is „thinking in color“, creating a world which is full of vibrant visual energy and non verbal meaning and content.

Episode 23

Episode 23 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Kunstpalast Special – Monica Bonvicini, Artist and Professor / Kunstpalast Special
December 2020, 37 min., Language: English

This a special episode in collaboration with Kunstpalast Düsseldorf. A conversation with acclaimed Artist, Professor and Winner of the Golden Lion at the Biennale di Venezia in 1999 –  Monica Bonvicini. It is released on the occasion of her participation in the exhibition „Empört euch! / Time for Outrage, co-curated by Linda Peitz and Florian Peters-Messer. We talk Monica’s upbringing in a conservative Italy, her studies at Cal Arts and in Berlin, how meeting Isa Genzken at the University let painting slip away from her work, the creative power of feminine anger and the inclusion of all people working in a museum or institution in the planning of exhibitions. Monica gives personal insights into how she develops her work and how  the isolation in times of Corona created a space for her to return to essential drawing. The Episode was recorded August 3, 2020.

Episode 22

Episode 22 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Alvin Hall, art collector, renowned financial educator, bestselling author and television and radio broadcaster
November 2020, 56 min., Language: English

In Episode 22 I speak with Alvin Hall, who is – amongst many other things – an avid collector of contemporary art by living artists, an internationally acclaimed financial educator, author and broadcaster. We talk his early years in poverty in the Panhandle of Florida, his first encounters with art, how looking at photography sharpened his visual skills, his love for art and artists and how they can shape the world, why finance is full of creativity, his advice to new collectors and the current political situation. It’s a personal and in depth talk about Alvin’s insights, inspirations and intuitions.

Episode 21

Episode 21 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / David Nolan, gallerist, art collector and passionate advocate for art and artists, New York City
November 2020, 48 min., Language: English

A conversation with David Nolan, founder of the eponymous gallery, passionate advocate for the arts and art collector himself. David covers the years from his upbringing in Ireland, his first jobs in art galleries in Cologne in the 80s and his move to New York. We talk art, art fairs, politics, the pandemic, Black Lives Matter, climate change and the current situation in the US. David mentions many artists and companions he worked with over the years and expresses the hope for a learning process that leads to more respect, transparency and cooperation. Recorded on November 7, 2020 in the hours before Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were declared President elect and Vice President elect of the USA.