Conference: Researching Art Market Practices from Past to Present (workshops)

University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 Site Saint Charles, Rue du Professeur Henri Serre, 34080 Montpellier, June 8 – 09, 2018

Registration deadline: Jun 5, 2018


Conference Programme
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Call for Papers: Arts Special Issue — Art Markets and Digital Histories

Arts Special Issue: Art Markets and Digital Histories

Deadline: Jun 15, 2018

A Special Issue of Arts will investigate the promises and pitfalls of current digital methods in studying the history of art markets. New technologies are becoming integral to research in the humanities and social sciences and this invites a reflection on the use of these methods and techniques in art market studies. Our aim is to explore the different strategies that scholars employ to navigate and negotiate digital techniques and data sources, particularly when combining different datasets and types. Furthermore, the wealth of digitized historical data on objects and agents in art markets is rapidly expanding, and this data is increasingly published as Linked Open Data. Two recent historiographical trends make the use of Linked Data particularly relevant to art market studies.

First of all, the history of art markets has since long been studied through economic, social, and cultural lenses. While some scholars opt for the one or the other, others try to integrate them through the topics of, for instance, intermediaries, market mediation, and valuation processes. Open access to digital assets from art museums, archives, and libraries provide the opportunity, in the form of linked data and combined sources, to test cross-overs between research domains and thereby expand our understanding of art markets as socio-cultural as well as economic phenomena. But translating the promise of Linked Data into actual conceptual leaps in the field requires careful design of data models and methodologies.

The second trend also concerns the boundaries of the art market, but on a spatial level. The geographical reach of historical art market studies has been extended beyond Europe and the United States to include Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. At the same time, scholars have developed increasing interest on themes such as cross-border trade and networks, global vs. national vs. local, and migration and mobility patterns. In theory, digitization and linked data provide excellent opportunities for advanced cross-border and comparative analyses, but in practice it has proven difficult to systematically link or compare data across borders and languages.

For this issue, we seek contributions that present a historical research question relevant to art market studies. We are particularly interested in contributions that reach out to other domains (be they time, place, or societal), and that place emphasis on combining and using multiple sources or data types (linked or not linked). There are no limitations as to place or time, as long as the papers are explicit on their research processes with regards to data, techniques and methods. Continue reading “Call for Papers: Arts Special Issue — Art Markets and Digital Histories”

Position Opening, Application for PhD

London, Courtauld Institute of Art and Tate, October 01, 2018
Application deadline: May 29, 2018

Collaborative PhD studentship Courtauld Institute of Art and Tate

Net Art East: Post-Socialist Artists’ Networks and New Media

Tate and the Courtauld Institute of Art invite applications from eligible candidates for a full-time collaborative PhD studentship, funded for 3 years by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to commence in October 2018.

The proposed doctoral research aims to break new ground in the understanding of 1990s art and networks in the former USSR, the Soviet satellite countries and former Yugoslavia by studying the effects of the internet on creative developments in countries with little institutional support for contemporary art. Continue reading “Position Opening, Application for PhD”

Series of Lectures on Art and the Art Market

Vortragsreihe des Forums Kunst und Markt (Series of Lectures at the Forum of Art and Art Market), Berlin, 23 Apr-9 Jul 18

Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Historische Urbanistik, Fachgebiet Kunstgeschichte der Moderne, Technische Universität Berlin, 23.04. – 09.07.2018

Vortragsreihe des Forums Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies
am Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Historische Urbanistik, Fachgebiet Kunstgeschichte der Moderne, Technische Universität Berlin

In dieser Vortragsreihe werden aktuelle Forschungen zu den historischen und gegenwärtigen Spannungsfeldern und Dynamiken zwischen Kunsthandel, Kunstpolitik und institutionalisierter Kunstwelt präsentiert und zur Diskussion gestellt.

Lecture series PROGRAM Sommer Semester 2018:

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Call for Papers: The Digital Lives of Art History, Call for Members (London/Athens, 2018/2019)


September 3, 2018 – April 12, 2019
Deadline: Jun 1, 2018

Call for members: Major new Institute opens at King’s College London with Getty Foundation support

Institute in Ancient Itineraries: The Digital Lives of Art History

This 18-month Institute in Digital Art History is led by King’s College London’s Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) and Department of Classics, in collaboration with HumLab at the University of Umeå, with a grant support provided by the Getty Foundation as part of its Digital Art History initiative.

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CONF: Video Art Distribution (Duesseldorf, 8-9 May 18)

Stiftung imai c/o NRW-Forum, Ehrenhof 2

Duesseldorf, May 8 – 09, 2018

Video Art Distribution: From Alternative Art Market to Commercialization
Symposium of the imai Foundation

Since the 1970s, specialized distributors have emerged worldwide in response to the ever-evolving video art. As an alternative to the traditional gallery system, video art distributors have come up with innovative structures in order to sell and distribute such works of art. In 1971, Electronic Arts Intermix in New York has established itself as an important pioneering institution of this kind. Over the following years, other initiatives such as London Video Arts (now LUX), Amsterdam-based MonteVideo and Time Based Arts (later Netherlands Media Art Institute, now LIMA), Toronto-based Vtape, Tokyo-based Video Gallery Scan and Cologne-based 235 Media were founded. Many of them survive to this day while others have been restructured and continue to exist in a different logistical form. Although the distribution concepts in question have had lasting influence on the art system, this phenomenon has barely received any attention within the field of Art and Media Studies.

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CONF: Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts (New York, 26-27 Jun 18)

Christie’s Education, 20 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, June 26 – 27, 2018

This conference celebrates the significant roles women have played and continue to play in the arts and their markets. Sixteen sessions over two days explore women’s diverse contributions to the arts from a transnational and transhistorical perspective, reflecting global and historical diversity. Not advocating for a separate nor alternative history of art and its markets, the conference looks at the central role played by women in the creation, development, support and preservation of the arts and how their contribution has changed over time.

Mapping the Void: Agency of Women within Dynastic Strategies Between the Thirteen and Sixteenth Centuries

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