CFP: ARTis ON 7, Issue: Art & Power

Deadline: Sep 15, 2018

The new issue of ARTis ON will focus on ART & POWER. These theme is related to both present and past, which raises numerous questions that transcend cultural and temporal boundaries.

In a dynamic of reciprocity, but also of great paradox, the relation between art and power can be as alliance but also as contestation, given the power and communicational effectiveness that art, in its various domains, holds. From fine arts to architecture, through music, theater, literature or cinema, it is therefore essential understand the context in which each work of art is created and displayed, as well as the impact on public opinion and society, on a transtemporal approach that considers all its period of existence. Continue reading “CFP: ARTis ON 7, Issue: Art & Power”

Book out now: John Zarobell, Art and the Global Economy

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TIAMSA member John Zarobell is author of Art and the Global Economy (UC Press, 2017). This publication analyzes major changes in the global art world that have emerged in the last twenty years including structural shifts in the global art market Continue reading “Book out now: John Zarobell, Art and the Global Economy”

Book Out Now: Sophie Raux, Lotteries, Art Markets, and Visual Culture (Brill, HCAM 4)

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Studies in the History of Collecting and Art Markets series (HCAM 4)

Author: Sophie Raux
Lotteries, Art Markets, and Visual Culture in the Low Countries, 15th-17th Centuries

Lotteries, Art Markets, and Visual Culture examines lotteries as devices for distributing images and art objects, and constructing their value in the former Low Countries. Alongside the fairs and before specialist auction sales were established, they were an atypical but popular and large-scale form of the art trade. As part of a growing entrepreneurial sensibility based on speculation and a sense of risk, they lay behind many innovations. This study looks at their actors, networks and strategies. It considers the objects at stake, their value, and the forms of visual communication intended to boost an appetite for ownership. Ultimately, it contemplates how the lottery culture impacted notions of Fortune and Vanitas in the visual arts.

Publication Date: 19 February 2018
ISBN: 978-90-04-35881-2

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Article: Lucy Whitaker: A Portrait of Consul Smith

Lucy Whitaker: A Portrait of Consul Smith, Burlington Magazine, March 2018

A newly-discovered watercolour of the mid-18th century, likely to represent John Smith (c.1674-1770), may well be the only surviving portrait of the great art dealer and collector who was the British consul in Venice from 1744-1760 and the owner of an outstanding set of paintings by Canaletto which he sold to George III in 1762.

– See Lucy Whitaker: A Portrait of Consul Smith, The Burlington Magazine, vol. CLX (March 2018), pp. 214-217.

TOC: Journal of the History of Collections, Vol. 30, No. 1

Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 30, Issue 1


Seventeenth-century plant lists and herbarium collections: a case study from the Oxford Physic Garden
Stephen A Harris

Natural history collections and the book: Hans Sloane’s A Voyage to Jamaica (1707–1725) and his Jamaican plants
Edwin D Rose

Provenance and identity of a large bronze statue currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Paul N Pearson

Van Dyck paintings in Stuart royal inventories, 1639–1688
Erin Griffey

Negotiating an art deal in eighteenth-century Europe: Guido Reni’s Dispute and its acquisition by Sir Robert Walpole in 1731
Mattia Biffis

Provenance as a history of change: from Caliari in Scotland to Tintoretto in America: the commercial and connoisseurial trajectories of a Venetian portrait
Barbara Pezzini and Michael G Brennan

Pietro Tacca’s Fontane dei Mostri Marini: collecting copies at the end of the Gilded Age
Steven F Ostrow

St Michael defeating the Devil by Lorenzo Vaccaro: a sculpture to intercede for the souls of several important owners
Gloria Martínez Leiva

Vanity affairs: two collectors of Cypriot and Aegean antiquities examined
Luca Bombardieri

A skewed balance?: Examining the display and research history of the medieval collection at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo
Bettina Ebert

Collecting and exhibiting ‘Austria’: a museological perspective on collections from the House of Habsburg to a ‘House of Austrian History’
Bernadette Biedermann

Landscape and the architecture of light: John Constable’s clouds at the Yale Center for British Art
Nina Amstutz


Jan van Kessel I (1626–79). Crafting a natural history of art in early modern Antwerp
Peter Mason

Collecting the World. The Life and Curiosity of Hans Sloane
Arthur MacGregor

Before Boas. The Genesis of Ethnography and Ethnology in the German Enlightenment
Jozien J Driessen van het Reve

Les Rothschild, une dynastie de mécènes en France
Tom Stammers

Reference: TOC: Journal of the History of Collections, Vol. 30, No. 1. In:, Mar 21, 2018. <>.

Review. NS: L. Rother: Kunst durch Kredit 1935

Review of

Rother, Lynn: Kunst durch Kredit. Die Berliner Museen und ihre Erwerbungen von der Dresdner Bank 1935
Berlin: De Gruyter 2017
ISBN 978-3-11-049452-5
492 S.
EUR 49,95

Rezensiert für H-Soz-Kult von: Anja Heuß, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Die vorliegende Studie rekonstruiert erstmals umfassend den Verkauf eines großen Konvolutes von Kunstwerken durch die Dresdner Bank an das Land Preußen im August 1935. Es handelte sich dabei um den “größte[n] Kunstdeal während der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus” (S. 1). Für 7,5 Millionen RM wurden 4.401 Objekte vom Land Preußen erworben und an verschiedene Berliner Museen überwiesen. Quantitativ erhielt das Schlossmuseum die meisten Objekte, gefolgt von der Skulpturen-Abteilung, der Nationalgalerie und der Gemäldegalerie. Gemessen an den Ankaufspreisen erhielten jedoch die Gemäldegalerie und das Schlossmuseum die wertvollsten Konvolute. Heute befinden sich immerhin noch mindestens 1.600 Werke im Besitz der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin; die Verluste gehen einerseits auf Verkäufe noch in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus, andererseits wohl auf Zerstörungen während des Zweiten Weltkrieges zurück. Die Verkäufe zwischen 1935 und 1945, vor allem die Auktion von fast 800 Objekten über den Münchner Kunsthändler Julius Böhler 1937, werden von der Autorin ausführlich behandelt. Continue reading “Review. NS: L. Rother: Kunst durch Kredit 1935”

TOC: Exhibiting Art for Sale, Journal for Art Market Studies Vol.2, No. 1

Louise Lawler, Life After 1945 (Faces), 2006/2007, cibachrome mounted on museum box 40 x 33-1/4 inches (101.6 x 83.2 cm) Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York. Based on a cover design by Amichai Green Grafik

The third issue of the Journal for Art Market Studies focuses on the role and development of the exhibition space in a commercial context, from the American barbershop to veritable art trade palaces built in Munich around 1900, as well as both forerunners of and alternatives to today’s commercial gallery spaces.

ISSN: 2511-7602 Continue reading “TOC: Exhibiting Art for Sale, Journal for Art Market Studies Vol.2, No. 1”