CFP: Art for the People? Second TIAMSA Conference (Vienna, 27-29 Sept, 18)

 Art for the People?
Questioning the Democratization of the Art Market

(c) Pablo Helguera, http://openengagement.info/36-pablo-helguera/, 2014

2nd Conference
TIAMSA ­­– The International Art Market Studies Association
Vienna, 27-29 September 2018

In Cooperation with:
Belvedere Research Center, Vienna University – Department of Art History, and Dorotheum

Apply by April 15, 2018

The art world and the market have traditionally been the domain of the elites and have thrived on exclusivity. However, the art world has arguably become much more democratic in recent years thanks to the digital revolution, the inclusion of emerging economies in the world art market system, and the vastly improved access to art and information. The price histories of works of art can nowadays easily be reconstructed using online databases; the threshold for art buying is significantly lowered by online sales platforms; and new buyers in emerging economies are making the art market much less Western-oriented. Moreover, an ever broader range of artworks in different price categories has put (fine) art within reach of the middle classes across the globe. At the same time, art institutions such as museums are under tremendous pressure to be less exclusive. Some of these democratizing tendencies are of course not new. For instance, publishing houses in Europe started disseminating prints on a massive scale already in the sixteenth century, thereby enabling larger segments of the population to acquire images. Continue reading “CFP: Art for the People? Second TIAMSA Conference (Vienna, 27-29 Sept, 18)”

Call for Papers: SECAC: Collecting and the Trade of Antiquities (Birmingham, AL, Oct 17-20, 2018)

Collecting and the Trade of Antiquities

Deadline: April 20th 2018

Birmingham, Alabama, United States, October 17-20, 2018

Session Chairs:
Louise Arizzoli (University of Mississippi) larizzol@olemiss.edu
Evie Terrono (Randolph-Macon College) eterrono@rmc.edu

Both acquiring and collecting antiquities are now strictly regulated. This is one result of the development of the science of archaeology, the increased recognition of the significance of the context of finds and the stricter enforcement of legislation forbidding the export of antiquities from their countries of origin. This panel is interested in research dealing with the trade of antiquities and its development with a specific focus on the nineteenth century and twentieth century, before the UNESCO convention of 1970. We would seek contributions about antiquities collectors: what they bought and when, how they displayed these treasures in their homes and what was the impulse that led them to buy ancient art. We also would be interested in dealers of ancient art and how the antiquities art market functioned. Finally, we would also welcome papers about antiquities collectors and their relationship with museums, as well as museums’ acquisition agenda regarding ancient art in the nineteenth century.

More Art Market Sessions at CAA, Los Angeles

See the full schedule here


FRIDAY: 02/23/2018: 8:30AM–10:00AM
Location: Room 404A

Chair: Lynn Catterson, Columbia University

“Florence and Paris: The Italian Acquisitions of Edouard and Nélie Jacquemart-André”
Giancarla Cilmi, École Pratique des Hautes Étude École du Louvre

“The Power of Connections: Difficult Artworks and the Agency of Social Networks in Collecting”
Joanna Smalcerz , Getty Research Institute

“Art for Sale: Acquisitions for Germany Collections at the “sale of the century””
Paola Cordera, Politecnico di Milano, School of Design

“Wilhelm von Bode and Alessandro Contini Bonacossi”
Fulvia Zaninelli, University of Edinburgh

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Reminder: TIAMSA at the CAA Los Angeles

Dear TIAMSA Members,

we would like to remind you of upcoming events during the CAA conference in Los Angeles:

Wednesday, 21 Feb 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm – Christie’s welcomes TIAMSA Members for a Lecture on Street Art by Lizy Dastin, followed by a Reception

Those who attended last year’s memorable TIAMSA CAA reception at Christie’s New York will not want to miss this event: Christie’s welcomes TIAMSA members for a lecture on “Street Art in Los Angeles: Controversy and Ethical Slippages” by Lizy Dastin (Christie’s Education alumna). The lecture will be followed by a reception. Address: Christie’s, 336 N Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Thursday, 22 Feb 2018, 2:00pm-3:30pm – TIAMSA Session at the CAA Conference (Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 404B)

TIAMSA recently joined the College Art Association (CAA, collegeart.org) as an affiliated society, entitling us to a session at the CAA conference. Our members Véronique Chagnon-Burke and Julie Reiss (both Christie’s Education, New York) will convene a session entitled ‘Changing Hands: When Art History Meets the Art Market’. The session will be followed by our trip to the Getty Center (see below). You need to register for the CAA conference in order to attend this session.

Thursday, 22 Feb 2018, 4.30pm-c.8.30pm – TIAMSA Visit to the Getty Archive and Provenance Index (by registration only)

On the occasion of the CAA Conference in Los Angeles 2018 TIAMSA is offering a two hours program with Gail Feigenbaum (Associate Director of the Getty Research Institute – GRI), Sally McKay (Head of Special Collections Services at the GRI), and Sandra van Ginhoven (Research Associate at the GRI) who will kindly host our members for a special tour of dealers’ archives, as well as the Getty Provenance Index and the Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance at the Getty Research Center. At 7pm our group will join the CAA VIP reception in the Getty Museum Lobby.

Only two tickets left:

Friday, 23 Feb 2018, 12.30pm-1.30pm – TIAMSA ‘Business Meeting’ at the CAA Conference (Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 410)

Our ‘business meeting’ during the CAA conference will not be a somber affair! Open to TIAMSA members and those interested in our association, this friendly gathering will be organized to share and discuss with you the plans for the year and to listen to your ideas and concerns. You need not register for the CAA conference in order to join this business meeting.

We look forward to welcoming members for a promising week in LA!

All the best,

Veronika, Johannes & Gretchen

The Art Market Dictionary SURVEY – the AMD is looking for your feedback

Art Market Dictionary


In order to better understand the relevance of the Art Market Dictionary for various target groups, De Gruyter has started an online survey.

Please spread this survey link widely (via copy/paste onto facebook or twitter).

The survey will run until end of February. 

English: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/AMD_EN
German: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/AMD_DE

The AMD is the first comprehensive scholarly guide to art galleries, auction houses, art fairs, and agents from multiple national and historical contexts.
The AMD’s first part, on Europe and North America in the 20th and 21st centuries, will be published as an online searchable database and in print in 2019.
​The first part will comprise three printed volumes with ca. 2,000 entries, and an additional ca. 3,000 online entries.​
​We are still looking for authors; if you are interested in contributing, find out more here.