Art and Tech Entrepreneur Sean Green Picks His Favorite Works From Artnet Galleries

Checking in with the CEO and founder of ARTERNAL on some of his favorite things.

Entrepreneur Sean Green is disrupting the analogue way that art businesses traditionally run. His company, ARTERNAL, makes software that streamlines how galleries, auction houses, and art advisors run their businesses by putting inventory management, client relationship management, and financials on one platform.

Based in Los Angeles, Green eventually found his way into the business of art after studying computer science in college—and now you can find him in Culver City and downtown Los Angeles on Saturdays, checking out the latest and greatest in the city’s galleries.

We had the chance to sit down with Green to hear about everything from his latest quarantine hobby to his favorite artworks available right now on Artnet Galleries.


Sean Green’s Favorite Things

Movie: 13th on Netflix. If you care about today’s conversation, this has a lot of the answers.

New quarantine hobby: Toothbrush twist with my daughter. We made up a song that we hum while brushing our teeth and marching down the hallway.

Book he read recently: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. People may ask, ‘Why would a Black guy be reading this?’ Simple. Ibram’s work clearly breaks down the issues and provides answers, and with his clarity I can better inform my friends of his poignant points.

Podcast: “How I Built This With Guy Raz” from NPR.

Restaurant: Miss Lily’s Jamaican food in Soho and East Village.

Museum: The New Museum. They created NEW INC with Lisa Phillips. They are the supportive system that have put my team and I in the position we currently have in the art world today.

Artist: Sanford Biggers. His series “BAM” is a gripping tale of police violence against Black bodies, and his Lotus flower series on slave ships—we have not evolved beyond these issues. They are contemporary power objects.

Way to celebrate success: A dope rooftop view with a glass of WhistlePig bourbon.

Emoji: 💯

Sean Green’s Gallery Picks

The great thing about art is to be proven wrong. To be so certain in your point of view and then have it shaken when you change your mind and fall in love with a new idea or point of view. That’s an exciting experience when viewing art. We are in a moment when history is in transition. I was not a fan of history class or reading history in a book and (Black) artists are now writing that history through images. It doesn’t matter the medium, the mix is a cultural understanding where we all can participate in a new vision.

— Sean Green


Mickalene Thomas
Madame Mama Bush (2012)

Courtesy of Yancey Richardson.


Hank Willis Thomas
Champion (2018)

Courtesy of Ben Brown Fine Arts.


Sanford Biggers
Vex (2013)

Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery.


Agnes Martin
Praise (1976)

Courtesy of Robert Fontaine Gallery.


Suh Do Ho
Main Entrance, 388 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903, USA (2016)

Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin.


Tschabalala Self
Out of Body (2020)

Courtesy of Pilar Corrias.


Hubert Neal Jr.
Refugees (2017)

Courtesy of Aaron Galleries.


Nick Cave
Unarmed (2018)

Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery.

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