CFP: Art for the People? Questioning the Democratization of the Art Market – 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? Questioning the Democratization of the Art Market – Second TIAMSA Conference (Vienna, 27-29 Sept, 18)”

CFP: Economics at the museum (Paris, 5 Jun 18)

Economics at the museum: A material history of economics on display
(19th-21st centuries)

Deadline: Apr 1, 2018

Today’s dematerialization of currencies and transactions makes economics appear as an essentially abstract system of valorization, circulation and allocation of resources. It may come as a surprise, therefore, that museums of economics are now proliferating throughout the world. The opening of the Bank of France’s Cité de l’Economie et de la Monnaie, planned for 2018, is a typical example. How has the museum, the privileged space of visual experience, come to host economics, a discipline seemingly quite foreign to sensory, let alone aesthetic, concerns? What has been the role of exhibiting economics on a scientific, ideological, but also artistic and museographic level? From the pavilions devoted to economics during the 19th century World Fairs, to the interactive museums increasingly popular today, the visualization and exhibition of economics has contributed to popularize and legitimize the discipline and its practices. It has also encouraged the production of original visual, didactic and spatial forms, stemming from collaborations between economists and artists, graphic designers and photographs. Continue reading “CFP: Economics at the museum (Paris, 5 Jun 18)”

Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, July 16 – August 25, 2018
Application deadline: Apr 3, 2018

Summer Academy Curating and Writing About Art

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Curatorial theory and practice will be taught this summer by renowned curators: Diana Campbell Betancourt and Ruth Noack. Art critic Martin Herbert will instruct participants on writing about art. And Sabrina Steinek and Sabine B. Vogel will teach a blogging course.

The Summer Academy awards many grants for participation in one of the 18 courses. The deadline for application is 3 April 2018. Applications to: http://www.summeracademy.at/Grants_94.html

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Job Opportunity: Terra Foundation Collection Research Fellow at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

Terra Foundation Collection Research Fellow in American Art in Museum Ludwig, City of Cologne, Germany

The position will become available earliest on May 1st, 2018

Please send your complete and informative application in German including cover letter, CV and certificates with indication of the code number 202/18-09 before 11 April 2018

The Museum Ludwig—a museum of the City of Cologne, Germany—is one of the most important museums of modern and contemporary art in Europe. Collection strengths include pop art, classical Modernism, Russian Avant-garde, the art of Pablo Picasso, and important works of contemporary art and photography by U.S. artists.

Funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne offers a two-year Fellowship for the study/research of Museum Ludwig’s collection of American Art made before 1980. This is a research grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art, based in Chicago and Paris, which supports the study and understanding of American art world wide.

The Fellow will research the Museum’s collection of pre-1980 American art, exploring archives in and outside the museum. The orientation of the research should ideally be focused on issues from postcolonial, gender, and/or queer studies, and the outcomes are to be developed so that they are accessible to the general public. Results of the research will be presented in a blog, which is intended to enhance an ongoing dialogue about post-war American art in Europe. In addition, the Fellow will organize a symposium to provide a forum for international scholarly exchange. Finally, in consultation and collaboration with the museum’s curators, the Fellow will participate in the elaboration of an altered presentation of the permanent collection on the basis of archival material and research results.

The Fellow will be considered a professional member of the museum’s curatorial staff with ready access to curators, conservators, and other museum departments.

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SEM: The Politics of Public Collecting (London, 26 March, 2018)

The Politics of Public Collecting: William Gladstone and the National Gallery

Seminar in the History of Collecting
The Wallace Collection
26 March 2018
5.30 pm

 Lecture by Dr. Barbara Pezzini (Editor-in-chief, Visual Resources)

Admission is free, booking is not required

Prime Minister William Gladstone had an extraordinary impact on the visual arts inBritain. The subject of many portraits and cartoons and a voracious private collector himself, Gladstone also greatly influenced public collecting. This paper focuses on 1884, when Gladstone took a crucial role in the National Gallery purchase of the Ansidei Madonna by Raphael and the Equestrian Portrait of Charles I by Anthony van Dyck from the Duke of Marlborough’s collection. This paper uses hitherto unexplored documents from the Agnew’s, Gladstone, British Library and National Gallery archives to reconstruct the political and commercial networks that made this purchase possible. Continue reading “SEM: The Politics of Public Collecting (London, 26 March, 2018)”

Study Day: Provenienz- und Sammlungsforschung (Munich, 25 Apr 18)

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

Seit 2010 veranstaltet das Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (ZI) regelmäßig Kolloquien zur Provenienz- und Sammlungsforschung. Das diesjährige zehnte Kolloquium legt den Schwerpunkt auf München und gibt Einblicke in eine Vielzahl von Projekten zur Provenienzforschung in Münchner Museen und Sammlungen und diskutiert aktuelle Arbeitsperspektiven.


12:30 Uhr
Begrüßung, Auftakt, Einführung
Wolfgang Augustyn, stellvertretender Direktor des ZI: Begrüßung
Gilbert Lupfer, ehrenamtlicher Vorstand des Deutschen Zentrums Kulturgutverluste, Magdeburg: Provenienzforschung: Positionen, Probleme, Perspektiven
Christian Fuhrmeister, ZI: Zum Konzept des Kolloquiums

13:00 Uhr
Projekte I

Johannes Gramlich, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen: „Überweisungen aus Staatsbesitz“– Stand des Projekts, Ergebnisse und Erkenntnisse Continue reading “Study Day: Provenienz- und Sammlungsforschung (Munich, 25 Apr 18)”

CONF: First Brazilian Conference of Law & Art (João Pessoa, 16-18 May, 18)

First Brazilian Conference on Law and Art_english (pdf)

Although Brazil maintains notable production and significant trade in the visual arts sector, Art Law is still understudied, under-explored and lacks diffusion in the country, unlike what has been happening for years in Europe and in the United States. The First Brazilian Conference on Law and Art has the main objective of gathering public authorities, lawyers, gallerists, artists, curators, museums, auction houses, insurance companies, conservators, scholars and students from both undergraduate and graduate programs to share and discuss legal questions related to the protection, conservation, contracts, importation and exportation, financing, insurance, taxation, tax breaks, provenance, labor and consumer affairs, authenticity, protection, financial crimes, theft, compliance and the valuation in the increasingly complex and broad contemporary market of visual arts. Continue reading “CONF: First Brazilian Conference of Law & Art (João Pessoa, 16-18 May, 18)”

CONF: Dispossessions of Cultural Objects (Ljubljana, 19-21 Mar 18)

France Stele Institute of Art History, ZRC SAZU
Prešeren Hall SAZU, Novi trg 4

March 19 – 21, 2018

Dispossessions of Cultural Objects between 1914 and 1989/1991: The Alpe Adria Region in Comparative Perspectives

TransCultAA International Conference


Monday, March 19th

Welcome and introduction

Mimi Urbanc, Deputy Director, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana
Davor Kozmus, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Republic of Slovenia (HERA)
Iain B. Whyte, Research Committee of the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art (RIHA)
Christian Fuhrmeister, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München, Project Leader, Transfer of Cultural Objects in the Alpe Adria Region in the 20th Century
Barbara Murovec, Director, France Stele Institute of Art History ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, Slovenian Principal Investigator, Transfer of Cultural Objects in the Alpe Adria Region in the 20th Century Continue reading “CONF: Dispossessions of Cultural Objects (Ljubljana, 19-21 Mar 18)”