Past Events

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, 19:00 – 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! (Our photo shows from left: Frank Eckart, Judy Lybke at the PC, and Christine Howald and Anne Luther of TIAMSA Berlin.)

If you would like to attend our next planned event, a trip to Hamburg in the week of 20 November 2017, please contact the Berlin Sub-Committee (see details on our Sub-Committee Page).

London, 13 July (6.30pm)-15 July (5.15pm) 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! More information will be made available in due course. (Here is the link to the conference programme.)

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.

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 July 3rd 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!

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: