The study of art markets has gained remarkable momentum in recent years. Conferences, lectures and publications are devoted to their history and their present state, addressing both general developments – such as the evolution of networks or questions of financialization – and the impact of particular market trends or art galleries and dealers on the history of taste and the “making” of certain artists and styles. The topic has attracted increasing attention in academic disciplines as diverse as art history, economics, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies.
Moreover, the growing interest in the provenance of cultural artefacts has further strengthened the consensus that the trade plays a significant role in the history of art. Its study seems presently all the more promising as new data, for instance on auction prices, gallery archives, or artist’s career trajectories, become available online; at the same time, many of the market’s sources and documents are still largely unexplored or indeed undiscovered.
This exciting outlook is occasionally attenuated by difficulties, however. Among these are the dearth of specialized research centres and a lingering scepticism among academics concerning the relevance of art market studies. Although mutual understanding, appreciation and reference to each other’s work is on the rise, there are only relatively few opportunities for exchange between art market scholars of different backgrounds. Students of the art market thus still lack many of the resources and networks common in other areas of professional and scholarly research. A group of twelve international scholars has therefore established
TIAMSA – The International Art Market Studies Association.
The purpose of this association is to support the understanding and study of art markets of all periods and geographic areas. It aims to encourage research by providing a platform for networking, gatherings and information exchange open to scholars, students and professionals alike.
Following the time-tested model of comparable organizations, the association runs a website featuring announcing notable news such as conferences, new publications, lectures, exhibitions, etc.; a list of members giving brief indications of research areas and principal publications; reports and reviews of publications, conferences, etc.; background information on the association; and a mailing list providing regular updates on events. The association also holds a conference and a variety of events such as gatherings, round table discussions, field trips, etc. An annual general meeting is scheduled to coincide with one of these events.
TIAMSA is open to individuals and institutions of all professional backgrounds and academic disciplines (such as economics, law, sociology, art history, history, provenance studies, etc.).
Lynn Catterson, Alan Crookham, Christel Hollevoet-Force, Frances Fowle, Antoinette Friedenthal, Jeremy Howard, Christian Huemer, Veronika Korbei, Johannes Nathan, Barbara Pezzini, Inge Reist, Catherine Scallen, Jonathan Woolfson