The Art Angle Podcast: How Monaco and Accra Are Spinning the Art World in Opposite Directions

This week, we're looking at the growth of two very different art markets.

Yinka Shonibare, MBE Girl on Globe (2012). Courtesy Christie's Images, Ltd.

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It’s late August, and for the first time in two years, it looks like the fall art season could be jam-packed with major in-person art-market events—even if some of them don’t normally happen at the same time as Starbucks is trying to coat the globe in pumpkin spice.

But this summer, art-world trends coupled with circumstances far beyond the industry’s control have led to noteworthy market activity happening in two destinations we’re not so used to seeing make headlines: Monaco and Accra, the capital of Ghana.

What’s so interesting about these two places is that, together, they form a kind of yin and yang: the areas where one of them is strong are the areas where the other is weak, and vice versa. By pairing them up, we can see something close to the full spectrum of forces shaping the global art market today.

To help us on this expedition, this week’s intrepid host, Artnet News’s Art Business editor Tim Schneider is welcoming two great guests who recently reported on these destinations firsthand for Artnet News Pro. First up is Kate Brown, the European editor at Artnet News, who recounts her summer sojourn to Monaco. We’ll close out the show speaking to Rebecca Anne Proctor, the seasoned, globe-trotting art journalist, to hear about the art scene bubbling up in Accra, Ghana.

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