Nate Freeman from Artnet moves to Vanity Fair
Will the wet paint dry? Nate Freeman, art journalist at Artnet News, the news site affiliated with the virtual art market platform Artnet.com, will join the heavyweight of Condé Naste Vanity Fair as art columnist and editor on August 2. Freeman, who broke the news on June 30 via Twitter, is perhaps best known as the author of Artnet’s juicy and widely read gossip column about the art world, Wet Paint. A wealth of information on topics ranging from insider business news (“Cryptopunks Buyers Revealed”) to moving personal news (“Julian Schnabel to have a baby at 70”) and often including tantalizing blind articles (“What artist influencer asked Sotheby’s to hold a Black Lives Matter sale? What VIP sent Frieze a conspiracy-filled screed? ”), the column recently paid off with a few other features selected, as part of the Artnet News Pro initiative , which claims a monthly cost about six times that of New York Times.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” Freeman said Art Forum in an email. “Everyone who knows me knows that I have always dreamed of working for Vanity Fair. It was there that I first encountered the top-notch investigative reporting that made me want to be a writer, as well as the coverage of cultural and high society events that made me feel made you want to be a writer in Manhattan.
Recognizing that he will now write for an increasingly large audience, many of whom lack intimate knowledge of the art world, Freeman, who joined Artnet News in 2019 after stints at Artsy, Artnews, and The observer– asserted that “the DNA of my writing will not change drastically. In many ways, contemporary art has become part of the firmament of pop culture. I will always write about the titans of the industry who are pulling the levers of power in the art world, and how these forces of power intersect with Wall Street, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Washington and other centers of power. ‘affecting.
“Nate has an odd knack for seeing the whims of the art market for the status changes, power transfers or societal antics that they so often are,” said Vanity Fair editor Matthew Lynch in a statement. “In other words, it’s a natural fit for Vanity Fair and we couldn’t be happier to have him here.