Past Events

Los Angeles, 21 Feb 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm – Lecture on ‘Street Art in Los Angeles – Controversy and Ethical Slippages’ by Lizy Dastin, followed by a Reception at Christie’s Los Angeles

Christie’s Los Angeles generously welcomed TIAMSA members for an exciting lecture on “Street Art in Los Angeles: Controversy and Ethical Slippages” by Lizy Dastin (Christie’s Education alumna), followed by a reception.

Berlin, 27 January 2018, 3pm – Conversation with artist Susanne Kessler on her experiences and views of today’s art market

TIAMSA Berlin hosted a conversation with Susanne Kessler, a widely exhibited painter and installation artist, exploring her experiences and views of today’s art trade and what it means to be an artist in an art world so strongly shaped by market forces.

Birmingham, Ikon Gallery and Barber Institute, 12-13 Jan 2018 – ‘Art on the Move’ Conference (supported by TIAMSA)

In the nineteenth century the circulation of works of art developed into its recognisably modern form. The forces of increasingly globalized capitalism, imperial routes and new means of transport, coupled with the growing reach of advertising and the press caused an unprecedented movement of artists, goods and materials. Larger audiences for art in newly founded museums and galleries across the world also contributed to, and benefitted from, this increased mobility of art. ‘Art on the Move’ , a two-day conference co-sponsered by TIAMSA at the Ikon Gallery and the Barber Institute, examined and problematized this emerging field of study. It coincided with an exhibition dedicated to the works of Birmingham born engraver, miniature portraitist and photographer Thomas Bock (c.1793–1855) at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

Perth, University of Western Australia, 6-8 December 2017 – TIAMSA Session on Translocations at the AAANZ Conference

The newly founded ‘Translocations’ Sub-Committee chaired by Diana Kostyrko (Australian National University, Canberra) and David Challis (University of Melbourne) held a session at this year’s AAANZ (Art Association of Australia and New Zealand) Annual Conference in Perth. ‘CHANGING PLACES, ALTERING SPACES: THE TRANSLOCATION OF MODERN ART FROM 1918 TO 1939’ explored selected aspects of art travelling outwards from its natural and spiritual ‘heart’ and the forces – engineered, spontaneous or predictable – which spurred that movement. Speakers included David Challis, Victoria Souliman (University of Sydney/Université Paris Diderot), and Michael Moignard (La Trobe University).

Rome, 27-28 November 2017 – Conference on the Art Market at Sapienza University

The Dipartimento di storia dell’arte e spettacolo of the Sapienza University hosted a two-day conference on the art market. Convened by Paolo Serafini, newly appointed professor for art market studies at the Sapienza University, it presented papers by Kim Oosterlinck, Filip Vermeylen and Christian Huemer, all of whom are researching the development of the art market in its historic, artistic, economical and social contexts. The three speakers (all TIAMSA board members) are also part of the research team ‘The Art Market of America’ funded by the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. The conference also inaugurated TIAMSA’s Italian Sub-Committee.

Hamburg, 22 Nov 2017, 10am-4pm – Tour of The Birth of the Art Market exhibition at Bucerius Kunstforum, a visit to the Print Room of Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Claude Lorrain exhibition

Another event of the Berlin sub-committee took members to two exhibitions in Hamburg. Dr. Wilhelm Kaiser, Director of the Bucerius Kunstforum, generously gave a private tour through ‘The Birth of the Art Market’ exhibition which he had also curated. Featuring outstanding Dutch and Flemish paintings of the 17th century, mostly from German and Netherlandish collections, the show illustrates how particular groups of buyers were attracted by different genres, how artists produced their work for different more or less wealthy collectors, and how the art market thus helped to define of taste and expertise at the time (until 7 January 2018) – In the afternoon, Dr. David Klemm, Curator of Italian Drawings at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, provided fascinating insights into the dealings of Georg Ernst Harzen, the dealer and collector responsible for the extraordinary stock of prints and drawings (including drawings by Leonardo and Raphael) that he eventually donated to the Kunsthalle – a gift which then prompted the foundation of the museum. The last part of our visit was dedicated to the exhibition of Claude Lorrain’s drawings, ‘Das Licht der Campagna’, the first of its kind in several decades, presenting dozens of drawings by the artist generously lent by the British Museum. Apart from providing many wonderful impressions of Claude’s extraordinary vision of landscape, the show also illustrates how the artist drew a strict separation between his painterly output – produced for the market of his time where they were in high demand – and his drawings, which were not for sale despite repeated requests from collectors (until 14 January 2018).

Left to right: Wilhelm Kaiser, Gretchen Simms, Johannes Nathan and Christian Martin at Bucerius Kunstforum
Left to right: Veronika Korbei, Johannes Nathan, David Klemm, Dorothee Wimmer and Gretchen Simms leafing through Georg Ernst Harzen archive material

New York, 1 Nov 2017, 6pm – Tour of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation & Visit to the Grey Art Gallery exhibition, Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson. 

The first TIAMSA New York sub-committee event this fall took place at the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation (526 LaGuardia Place) at 6 p.m. with a private guided tour. First established in 1974 with donations from friends and supporters of American artist Chaim Gross (1904-91), including Joseph H. Hirshhorn and Roy R. Neuberger, the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in 1988. The Foundation is located in the couple’s historic Greenwich Village townhouse and the artist’s studio space. This was followed by a visit of the nearby Grey Art Gallery at NYU (100 Washington Square East). Its show, Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson, explores how Alfred Barr, MoMA’s first director, and Philip Johnson, the curator of architecture, introduced modern design to North America.

Sasha Davis, Executive Director of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation, gives New York TIAMSA members a tour of the Gross’s Greenwich Village townhouse, featuring works by artists including Louise Nevelson (Chaim Gross’s student), Milton Avery, and Stuart Davis.

Paris, 28-29 Sept 2017 – Workshop: Buying the Marvellous. Galleries, Collectors and Art Dealers of Surrealism, 1945-1969

TIAMSA supported a fascinating two-day workshop at one of our institutional members, the Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art (German Research Center for Art History) in Paris. Organized by Julia Drost, Fabrice Flahutez, Anne Foucault, and Martin Schieder, this workshop explored the international market for Surrealist Art in the post-war era. Hosted in collaboration with LABEX H2H, the event is part of a larger research programme which began in 2014, investigating Surrealism in the context of art galleries, collectors and middle-men (Le surréalisme au regard des galeries, des collectionneurs et des médiateurs). Follow this link for more information. TIAMSA is proud to have made this its first official appearance in Paris!

Potsdam (Berlin), 18 Sept 2017, 7pm – Private Tour of the Archive of Gerd Harry Lybke (Galerie Eigen + Art)

TIAMSA Berlin had a fascinating tour of the archive of Judy (Gerd Harry) Lybke who founded his legendary gallery Eigen + Art in Leipzig in 1983. We looked at the rich and largely complete files that document the gallery’s activities and exhibitions from the very start, enjoyed snippets from the extraordinary video archive and even peeked at Judy’s “StaSi” File. All was expertly made accessible and explained by Judy’s archivist Frank Eckart – and of course by Judy himself who vividly conveyed the challenges and rewards of running an independent art gallery in the German Democratic Republic and also reminisced about the activities that followed 1989, with forays to Tokyo, London, New York… In conclusion Judy most generously invited us to stay for a delicious dish of spaghetti and a glass of red wine: We left only late, and with heartfelt thanks!

From left: Frank Eckart, Judy Lybke at the PC, and Christine Howald and Anne Luther of TIAMSA Berlin

London, 13 July-15 July 2017 – TIAMSA’s first international conference on ‘Art Fairs’

After a fantastic response to our call for papers, TIAMSA’s first international conference on Art Fairs united 28 speakers from countries worldwide who explored this year’s theme – “Art Fairs” – in six sessions. Held at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, the conference featured keynotes by Sophie Raux (Université Lumière – Lyon 2) and Noah Horowitz (Director Americas / Member of the Executive Committee, Art Basel) who responded to questions from Olav Velthuis and the audience. Carried by many excellent papers, the event was marked by enthusiasm, lively debate and intensive networking! A conference review by Helene Bosecker has recently been published by Stay tuned for our next conference, to be held in summer 2018 in Vienna.

TIAMSA Conference, Keynote I by Sophie Raux, 13 July 2017
TIAMSA Conference – An Impression of Day 2, 14 July 2017

London, 13 July 2017, 5pm-6pm – TIAMSA’s 2nd Annual General Meeting

We were happy that many of our members attended our second Annual General Meeting, held just before our conference at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. We looked back on our first year, fine-tuned our ‘modus operandi’, and elected and cordially welcomed four new board members, namely: Kim Oosterlinck (Liaison Officer, Economics), Iain Robertson (Journal Officer), Olav Velthuis (President) and Filip Vermeylen (Sub-Committees Officer). We also engaged in a fruitful discussion of plans for the next year, a conversation that continued on Saturday 15 July at 4:45pm when all conference attendants participated in a collaborative brainstorming on the future of our association and on next year’s conference.

An Impression of our AGM on 13 July 2017

London, 13 July 2017, 2.30pm-4.30pm – TIAMSA Private Tours of the Agnew’s Archive and Highlights of the Collection at the National Gallery; Private Tour of the new Ropac Gallery

TIAMSA members joined us on three great events preceding our conference:
– 2.30pm-3.30pm: A tour of the Agnew’s Archive at the National Gallery, London with Alan Crookham, TIAMSA Founding Member and Head of the National Gallery Research Centre
– 3.40pm-4.30pm: Guided Tour with Highlights of the National Gallery’s Collection History, with Susanna Avery-Quash, TIAMSA Board Member and National Gallery Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting)
– 2.30pm-4.15pm: Inside Tour of Thaddaeus Ropac’s new London gallery, with Polly Gaer, Gallery Director, and Jonathan Woolfson, TIAMSA Board Member and Deputy Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London

Berlin, 3 July 2017, 7.00pm – First meeting of TIAMSA’s Berlin sub-committee

Christine Howald and Anne Luther (both TU Berlin) generously hosted the successful launch of TIAMSA’s Berlin sub-committee; they write: “Our event was attended by a dozen local TIAMSA members who engaged in a lively conversation on a range of exciting future activities. The first outing will be in September (date tbc) to the archive of legendary gallery owner Gerd Harry Lybke, Galerie Eigen + Art. – We are particularly happy that the meeting was attended by new members would look forward to hear from all interested in joining us.​​ Herzliche Grüße! Anne and Christine

The Berlin Sub-Committee at its first meeting on 3 July 2017

Basel, 15 June 2017, 10am – TIAMSA at Art Basel

Art Basel and TIAMSA teamed up for a round table (‘Conversation‘) entitled ‘New Rules: Is the Artworld a Mature Industry?’ TIAMSA was be represented by Olav Velthuis, TIAMSA president, who discussed the subject with Lindsay Pollock, Bob Rennie, Adam Sheffer and Pierre Valentin; the conversation was moderated by András Szántó. Johannes Nathan, TIAMSA Chair, and many TIAMSA members were also present at this very well attended event. Find more information and watch the conversation here.

An Impression of our Event on 15 July 2017

New York, 16 May 2017, 4pm – TIAMSA Private Tour of the exhibition “Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, by Megan Fontanella

The Modern-Art / New York Sub-Committees of TIAMSA organized a private tour with Megan Fontanella (Curator, Collections and Provenance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum) of her exhibition “Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128). It was a great success and the two sub-committees are currently planning a follow-up in the fall. If you are interested in joining one of the New York sub-committees, please contact either Christel Force ( or Natasha Degen (

New York, 16 February 2017, 4:30pm – TIAMSA at CAA 2017

About 50 TIAMSA members and friends attended our reception at Christie’s Education, Rockefeller Center, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, 20th Floor on 16 February. Thanks to our host and TIAMSA member Véronique Chagnon-Burke (Director, Christie’s Education NY) and her great team, we enjoyed networking and meeting new members in a highly convivial atmosphere. Notable guests included Thomas Gaehtgens (Director, Getty Research Institute), Inge Reist (Director of the Frick’s Center for the History of Collecting), Thomas Kirchner (Director, Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art in Paris), and colleagues from institutions such as the Met, MoMA, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Jay College of Criminal Justice, Duke University, and others. Follow this link for some photos.

London, 15 July 2016, 5pm – TIAMSA Inaugurating Reception at Connaught Brown, Albemarle Street

This reception – bringing together board and members of our recently founded association, as well as interested guests – was a perfect way to celebrate the launch of TIAMSA! We are particularly grateful to Anthony Brown from Connaught Brown for having hosted the event. (NB: Please contact us if you have a photo of this event as we would love to add one to our gallery.)

London, 13 July 2016, 7:30pm – First Annual General Meeting of TIAMSA – The International Art Market Studies Association at Sotheby’s Institute of Art

The International Art Market Studies Association held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, 13 July 7:30pm, at Sotheby’s Institute of Art (SIA), London. With an attendance of almost forty, this was a lively meeting where we engaged in a fruitful discussion on the association’s future and also elected our Board. Minutes of the AGM are available in the ‘Members Only’ area of our website (please login to see this). The meeting concluded on a convivial note with dinner at Olivelli’s on Store Street: