CONF: Art Dealers, America and the International Art Market, 1880-1930 (Los Angeles, Jan 18-19, 2018)

The Getty Research Institute presents a symposium on the role of international art dealers in creating the collections, museums, and intellectual culture of the American art world in the late 19th and early 20th century. Bringing together rich archival resources from the Getty Research Institute and peer institutions, and capitalizing on new methodologies made possible by the extraordinary quantity of information contained in the documentary record, this symposium illuminates the ways in which art dealers contributed to making America a prominent arena in the international art market, and their role in creating the major private collections that became the foundation of great American museums.

Free tickets available beginning November 29, 2017 at
Separate reservation is required for each day of the symposium


Day 1, Thursday, January 18, 2018

Morning Session:
Session 1:

American Buying Power and Parisian Art Dealer Goupil & Cie.
Agnès Penot, Independent scholar

Knoedler & Co, a leader of the Parisian auction market?
Léa Saint-Raymond, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense 

Art market and collecting between France and South America at the beginning of the XX century
María Isabel Baldasarre, Universidad Nacional San Martin 

Print Dealers and their Stocklists. A little explored Source for the Development of the International Art Market.
Peter Fuhring, Fondation Custodia


Session 2:

Marketing European Tonalism in America: Daniel Cottier and the Quest of Art for the Aesthetic Home
Petra Chu, Seton Hall University

The Pioneers Among the American Collectors: The Brooklyn Collectors
Paolo Serafini, Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza


Afternoon session:

Session 3:

Knoedler in the Art Market: Building Galleries, Business Strategies, and an International Brand
Anne Helmreich, Texas Christian University 

Offered With Confidence: Art And Artists From The Low Countries Exploring The United States, Ca. 1830-1930
Chris Stolwijk, Nederlands Instituut voor Kunstgeschiedenis (RKD) and Universiteit Utrecht 

Knoedler’s High-End Market Revisited 1876-1934
Robert Jensen, University of Kentucky


‘Early English’ and Modern Americans: buying, selling and painting portraits in the United States, 1890-1920
Barbara Pezzini, The National Gallery and University of Manchester

‘He is a nouveau riche, but sharp and intelligent’: David Croal Thomson’s 1898 report for Agnew’s on his visit to America
Alison Clarke, University of Liverpool


Evening Session:

Session 4:

Cornering the Right of First Refusal: Henry Clay Frick and the Dealers Who Helped Shape His Collection
Inge Reist, The Frick Collection

A Battle Royal: The Contest for Henry Clay Frick’s Patronage
Margaret Iacono, The Frick Collection

“An audacious buyer and a seller whom we cannot resist”. How Joseph Duveen Sold Hundreds of “Antiques” to Henry Clay Frick
Charlotte Vignon, The Frick Collection


Day 2, Friday, January 19, 2018

Morning session:

Session 5:

Wilhelm von Bode
Thomas Gaehtgens, Getty Research Institute

W.R. Valentiner and Joseph Duveen: Expertise and Art Market Connections
Catherine Scallen, Case Western Reserve University

The Manufacture of Italian Renaissance Art for the American Market
Lynn Catterson, Columbia University

‘The Agony of Getting It Out of the Country’: Emilio Costantini, Bernard Berenson and Exporting Artworks from Italy
Joanna Smalcerz, Getty Research Institute


Session 6:

Spoiling the Deal: Duveen and the Art of De-attribution
Jeremy Howard, University of Buckingham and P. & D. Colnaghi

Crafting the Past: French & Co. and the trade for Italian objects and decorative arts in New York (1913 – 1930)
Flaminia Gennari Santori, Gallerie Nazionali d’Arte Antica di Palazzo Barberini e Palazzo Corsini


Afternoon session:

Session 7:

The Price of Expertise: Knoedler Enters the Big Game
Sandra van Ginhoven, Getty Research Institute
Edward Sterrett, Getty Research Institute
Gail Feigenbaum, Getty Research Institute

Modeling and Predicting Knoedler’s Profitability, 1870-1970
Matthew Lincoln, Getty Research Institute
Sandra van Ginhoven, Getty Research Institute
Christian Huemer, Belvedere Research Center

Source: Getty Research Institute, Nov 9, 2017.