Read this: Pier Luigi Sacco, Post-Millenium Tension (article)

Post-Millenium Tension
Contemporary Art at a Crossroads


Flanders Art Institute commissioned the article by Prof. Pier Luigi Sacco on the relation between the booming art market and the socioeconomic position of artists.

In his article, professor of economics Pier Luigi Sacco calls our attention to a crucial tension in the way contemporary visual arts operate (internationally) today. In the last few years, the global art market has been in the midst of an enormous boom. From a distance, says Sacco, this might seem a good thing, but from close by, it presents a far less cheerful vision. Despite ever more and ever richer art collectors, for most artists, everyday reality has become increasingly difficult.

Pier Luigi Sacco is a cultural economist at Harvard University and at IULM University Milano. Special adviser of the commissioner of Culture of the EU.

Flanders Arts Institute is a government funded institution which supports the development and international relation in visual arts, music and performing arts in Flanders region / Belgium

Dirk De Wit, Coördinator internationale relaties en beeldende kunsten,  Kunstenpunt / Flanders Arts Institute

20% Discount for TIAMSA members: New Art, New Markets (Lund Humphries, 2018)

TIAMSA members receive a 20% Discount at checkout.

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Originally published in 2011, Iain Robertson’s A New Art from Emerging Markets introduced and examined three types of emerging markets for contemporary art: recently established, maturing and mature. This fully revised second edition updates the reader on these rapidly evolving markets and adds a vital new section on South America.

As well as surveying emerging art markets throughout the world, the book is concerned with how value in non-Western contemporary art is constructed largely by external political events and economic factors rather than aesthetic considerations. For instance, Dubai’s political risk has increased markedly with the threat of a terrorist attack in the Emirate, which for one of the world’s newest art-market hubs, will undoubtedly affect the progress of prices for Middle-Eastern and Indian art. The book also considers whether new art markets grow better organically, driven by commercial imperatives, or with government intervention, constructing a cultural and economic infrastructure within which an art market can be placed.

Written accessibly and engagingly, the book presents emerging art-market scenarios that offer the collector, investor, speculator and interested observer, an insight into where the new markets are and how they are likely to develop.

  • Fully revised and updated, this new edition includes a new section on South America
  • Offers a critique of new and emerging markets for contemporary art which can inform future collecting and investment decisions
  • Specific case studies examine the emerging and emerged markets of China, South-East Asia, Japan, the Middle East, India and Iran
Iain Robertson

Paperback • 272 Pages • Size: 234 × 153 mm
24 colour plates
ISBN: 9781848222175 • Publication: August 22, 2018

The author, Iain Robertson, is Head of Art Business Studies at Sotheby’s Institute of Art (SIA) and a TIAMSA Board member (Journal Officer).

Book out soon: Helen Gorrill, Women Can’t Paint (I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2018)

Women Can’t Paint: Gender, the Glass Ceiling and Values in Contemporary Art
Helen Gorrill

When men sign a work of art it increases in value, yet when a woman signs her work it goes down. In this groundbreaking study of gender and value, Helen Gorrill argues that such inequality remains rife within the art world. Using a new statistical method, she constructs a database that allows her to contend that there are few aesthetic differences between men’s and women’s painting, but that men’s art is valued up to 80 per cent more than women’s. Museums, she attests are also complicit in this vicious cycle as they collect tokenist female artwork which detracts from women artists’ market value. Gorrill’s provocative book is essential for students, teachers, researchers and practitioners. It challenges the methodologies that have previously defined women’s role in the art world and introduces striking evidence that being a woman impacts upon all forms of artistic currency; be it social, symbolic, cultural or economic.–paintings/Women-Cant-Paint

Helen Gorrill was formerly an associate lecturer in art history and semiotics at Coventry University. She has an extensive background in multi-disciplinary fine art research and her own artwork is digitally archived by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She has also exhibited worldwide.

JOB: Wissenschaftliches Volontariat / Research Assistant, Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg)

The Hamburger Kunsthalle is currently looking for a research assistant.

Find all further information on the website and the attached pdf

HKH Ausschreibung Volontariat der Töpfer Stiftung

Apply now: TIAMSA Conference Student Sponsorship Opportunity (dead line Sept 15, 2018)

This year TIAMSA is sponsoring 5 tickets to its conference

Art for the People? Questioning the Democratization of the Art Market
(27-29 September, 2018) 

for students, by application only

In order to apply for sponsorship, applicants must:

  • be a currently enrolled, full-time Masters or PhD level student
  • be actively interested, or involved in work or research related to the art market
  • be able to articulate how the TIAMSA conference will further their professional and or research plans
  • have a high-quality English writing style and commit to writing a one-page blog during the conference to be submitted to the Coordinator within the agreed deadline. (Note: each recipient will be assigned a section to blog about so that each session of the conference is covered)

Application evaluation will be based on the following criteria:

  • proven interest in the art market and or art market research, through studies, work or extracurricular activities
  • their future ambitions/goals and how the TIAMSA conference might contribute to those
  • writing style and proof of their ability to write accurate and well-written blog posts at the TIAMSA conference

This sponsorship is for the conference ticket only.

There will be many applications for these tickets, so if you fit the above criteria and are interested in applying, please take the time to thoroughly complete an application so we can learn more about you and your work.

Your application should include a CV and a letter of motivation (no longer than 500 words). Please send completed applications to TIAMSA Coordinator, Nirmalie Mulloli by September 15th, 2018.

TIAMSA Conference Student Ticket

Apply Now: Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies is a global competition

The Getty Foundation is pleased to announce the second year of the Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art. These fellowships are intended to support an academic year of research and/or writing by early career scholars from around the world for a project that will make a substantial and original contribution to the understanding of art and its history.

ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) will award 10 fellowships, each with a stipend of $60,000, plus $5,000 for research and travel during the award period. Awards also will include a one-week residence at the Getty Research Institute following the fellowship period. There are no restrictions in terms of field specialization within art history or visual studies or with regard to nationality, but candidates must be within 6 years of receiving the PhD at the start of the fellowship.

For more information, see

Julie H. Butash

Program Assistant
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685

CONF: First Conference for Provenance Research, Art and Cultural Property Law (Bonn, 23-24 Oct, 2018)

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Inauguration of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Professorships
for Provenance Research, Art and Cultural Property Law, University of Bonn

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

First Conference of the Bonn University Research Center
for Provenance Research, Art and Cultural Property Law

Venue (for both events):
Universitätsclub, Konviktstraße 9, D – 53113 Bonn

 Language: German

As of 1 April 2018, the University of Bonn, Germany, established two new chairs, one for Modern Art History (19th  – 21st century) with a special focus on provenance research and collection history. This chair is held by Professor Dr Christoph Zuschlag.
The other chair for civil law, art and cultural property law is held by Professor Dr Matthias Weller, Mag.rer.publ. The Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung supported the establishment of these chairs. In addition, the University of Bonn instituted a Junior Professorship for provenance research in art history, held by Professor Dr. des. Ulrike Saß. These three new chairs will build an interdisciplinary center of competence at the University of Bonn. For those who read German, additional information may be retrieved from the University’s Press Release attached to this email and from this link:

On Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the new Research Center for Provenance Research, Art and Cultural Property Law will hold its first conference with three presentations on provenance research in the morning and three presentations on art and cultural property law in the afternoon.

In the morning, inter alia, Professor Dr Gilbert Lupfer, Technical University of Dresden / State Art Collection of Dresden / German Lost Art Foundation will speak on „Entzug von Kunstwerken in SBZ und DDR – eine Aufgabe für die Provenienzforschung in ganz Deutschland?“. In the afternoon, Professor James Bindenagel, Former US Special Embassador, Henry Kissinger Professor and Director of the Center for International Security and Governance at the University of Bonn (in English) on „An Unfinished Story of Artworks Looted during the Holocaust: The Washington Principles on Nazi-confiscated Art at Twenty Years“.

The conference is organised in cooperation with the German Institute of Art and Law. On Wednesday night you will have the chance to visit the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck.

Please save the date for these two events. The full program to follow shortly.
Please feel free to register already by email to

Reference: Prof. Dr. Matthias Weller, Mag. rer. publ.