ANN: The “Art Market Dictionary” becomes “Bloomsbury Art Markets. Protagonists, Networks, Provenances”

Bloomsbury Publishing plc announces that it has signed an exclusive partnership to bring together the work of an international team of leading art historians in a ground-breaking new digital resource. Bloomsbury Art Markets – the former “Art Market Dictionary“ – will provide a comprehensive guide to art galleries, auction houses, art fairs, dealers, and agents from Europe and North America since 1900. It is the first online scholarly resource of its kind. 

Led by Editor-in-Chief Johannes Nathan and supported by a distinguished international team of editors and advisors, Bloomsbury Art Markets will provide an essential resource for scholars and researchers, as well as art world professionals. It will serve the expanding research areas of art market studies, art historiography, and provenance research. The more than 4000 peer-reviewed articles written by hundreds of experts will synthesize factual data with historical narratives. The entries will outline principal activities by listing exhibitions, clients, and major artists whose works were sold.  Selected bibliographies will facilitate further research, as will information on archival material and its whereabouts.

Kathryn Earle, Managing Director, Bloomsbury Digital Resources says: “The art market has shaped art history and exerted a profound influence over production, reception, artists themselves and, of course, the canon. However, its associations with commerce rather than ‘culture,’ in the most elevated sense of the word, has meant it has not received the scholarly attention it deserves. For the first time, this influence will be explored in a digital resource.  The history of collecting, art historiography, and provenance research combine to show how the market operated, who was in it, and when. Johannes Nathan has brought together an exceptional team of researchers, and we are delighted to be chosen as the custodian of this pioneering project.”  

Johannes Nathan, Editor-in-Chief, Bloomsbury Art Markets, says: “We are extremely happy that Bloomsbury will publish Bloomsbury Art Markets. This unique reference work, previously known as the “Art Market Dictionary“, has been researched and written by hundreds of scholars and experts from all over the world. Bloomsbury Digital Resources is the ideal platform for the publication of this collaborative enterprise that will provide unparalleled access to key information on the art market, past and present. As we enter this new partnership we are also glad that that the entire team of the project remains on board. All of us look forward very much to the launch in early 2023!”

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer, and Booker Prizes, and is the originating publisher and custodian of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford, and Sydney. Bloomsbury Digital Resources was established in 2016 and is committed to enhancing the research experience with innovative, engaging, and dynamic digital resources of the highest quality. 

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