Past Events

12-13 September 2022: TIAMSA Annual Conference & AGM, Berlin

On 12 and 13 September, we held our annual conference for 2022: The Image of the Art Market | Just What Is It that Makes the Art Trade Look so Different, so Alarming? The event was well attended both in person and online, and we cordially thank all those who were involved – the scientific committee, speakers, session chairs and panelists all contributed to a fantastic event! We followed the conference with our annual AGM.

For details, please see the 2022 conference page.
For AGM Minutes, please see our Constitution page.

13 March 2021: TIAMSA Legal Informal Zoom Get-Together

TIAMSA Legal members joined an informal TIAMSA Legal meeting via Zoom on 13 March 2021, 17:00 CET. TIAMSA Legal aims to foster exchange between TIAMSA members who are lawyers or have a particular interest in the law, and to actively participate in the interdisciplinary exchange on art market studies within TIAMSA and beyond. This was a lively conversation where participants introduced themselves to each other and began to discern subjects of common interest. With members from various countries, it was an interesting spontaneous survey providing food for more discussion. The next meeting is set to take place in about 4-6 weeks. Stay tuned to our announcements to get news about it or send a message to TIAMSA Legal’s Co-Chairs Prof. Alicja Jagielska-Burduk and Philipp A. Nuernberger at

12 Feb 2021: TIAMSA at CAA 2021 “Drivers of Collecting Contemporary Art – A Perspective from Germany“

As always, TIAMSA held a “business” meeting at CAA, open to everyone and free of charge. Once again we used this slot to provide additional content, a panel chaired by Dieter Dahlhoff (Professor at Kassel University) that discussed the motivational structure of the collectors of contemporary art in Germany – also in Covid-19 times. The panellists were Bettina Steinbrügge (Director Hamburger Kunstverein); Katharina zu Sayn-Wittgenstein (Senior Director, Sotheby’s), and Rik Reinking (Collector and Curator, Woods Art Institute, Wentorf). The online meeting resulted in a lively discussion with participants joining us from several continents and countries (South America, the US, Britain, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland).

11 February 2021: TIAMSA at CAA 2021 “New Topics on Art Markets in East Central Europe”

Our academic session, “New topics on art markets in East Central Europe“ on 11 February at this year’s CAA conference was chaired by Andrej Srakar, and offered papers by Feliks Tuszko (University of Warsaw), Jeffrey Taylor (Western State Colorado University), and Vitali Shchutski (University Paris 8) on a fascinating but little explored area of art market studies. The pre-recorded papers were discussed in a lively Q&A session on 11 February 10:00AM-10:30PM Eastern Time (US), i.e. 16:00-16:30 Central European Time. 

28 November 2020: Annual General Meeting of TIAMSA

Our AGM took place online on 28 November, 3-4pm CET, and provided a review of TIAMSA’s activities in 2020, an overview of TIAMSA’s finances and a lively discussion on our proposed 2021 conference, ideas on a more inclusive approach to research on the art market and proposals for online events. We from the TIAMSA Board and Executive Committee very much enjoy interacting with our members in this manner and we look forward to meeting again in 2021.

17 February 2020: TIAMSA Berlin Get Together

Christine Howald and Helene Bosecker hosted a meeting of TIAMSA Berlin at 6.30pm on 17 February, where we had a fruitful, 2.5 in-depth discussion of plans for upcoming events. We were happy to welcome many new members and extend our cordial thanks to Galerie Mazzoli, Eberswalder Straße ( for its much appreciated hospitality!

13 February 2020: TIAMSA at CAA 2020 Chicago ‘Market Data: Beyond Prices and Provenance’

CAA Conference - TIAMSA The International Art Market Studies Association

Chaired by Diana Seave Greenwald (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) and Kim Oosterlinck (Université libre de Bruxelles), our very well-attended session featured the work of scholars who use these same data sources in order to answer diverse questions that reach far beyond determining prices or provenance. – PRESENTATIONS: Sandra van Ginhoven (Getty Research Institute) and Matthew Lincoln (Carnegie Mellon University): What to say when trying to sell paintings: Text models and rhetoric strategies in British and French auction sales catalogues (1750-1820); Meike Hopp (Technische Universität Berlin): The (r)emigration of Jewish art dealers and the shape of the German art market scene. Approaching a difficult topic; Lauren van Haaften-Schick (Cornell University): Subversion in the Fine Print: ‘The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement’ at Auction; Oya Topçuoğlu (Northwestern University): Conflict, Looting, and The Market in Mesopotamian Antiquities.

13 February 2020: TIAMSA at CAA 2020: ‘Selling and buying anonymity: How does the art market deal with indeterminate works of art?’

Chaired by Anne-Sophie Radermecker (Université libre de Bruxelles / B.A.E.F Fellow at Duke University), this one-hour TIAMSA meeting specifically focused on the historical origins of anonymous paintings in order to discuss the implications that their particular status might have on both the study and understanding of the art markets. – PRESENTATIONS: Blandine Landau (Université Lyon 2 / Duke University / Université du Luxembourg): Branding the Name: Using a Famous Name to Sell Anonymous Pieces. The Case of Bosch; Felipe Alvarez de Toledo (Duke University: Archives): Data Mining and Indeterminate Artworks. The Art Market of Seville Database (1500-1700); Hans J. Van Miegroet (Duke Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Director DALMI): Mapping Markets 2.0 and the Future of Data-driven Art Market Research. On the occasion of this meeting, a new international, digital and collaborative research project dedicated to emerging early modern art markets was announced by Prof. Hans J. Van Miegroet.

Lisbon 21-24 November 2019: TIAMSA Third Annual Conference on ‘The Art Market and the Global South: New Perspectives and Plural Approaches‘ at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon

Our 2019 conference, hosted by the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (Lisbon), was co-organized by the Institute of Art History, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, TIAMSA – The International Art Market Studies Association and the TIAMSA Subcommittee Art Market and Collecting: Portugal, Spain and Brazil, Universidad Nebrija (Madrid) and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil).

It addressed the developments, the disruptions and new perspectives that can be observed in the current art market as seen from the Global South – a term here meant to refer to emerging economies of the southern hemisphere (South America, Africa, India, South-Eastern Asia, Southern Europe, but not limited to these geographical areas) – and their contribution to the development of art markets worldwide. Once again it was an uplifting gathering with almost fifty active participants and many visitors, uniting scholars from sixteen countries worldwide (Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA). This diversity provided an inspiring backdrop for thought and discussion on the many fascinating themes that still wait to be explored within the ‘Global South’. You will find more information (programme, abstracts) on our conference page.

2 November 2019: Refugee Art Dealers in Britain: Lectures and Round Table at Sotheby’s Institute, London 3pm-6:30pm

Following a very successful event co-orgainzed by TIAMSA and the Courtauld Alumni Association in 2018, this very well-attended afternoon symposium organised by TIAMSA and Sotheby’s Institute of Art London explored the experiences, impact and significance of those art dealers who fled Nazi Europe and set up in the UK before or during the Second World War. While the 2018 event focused on dealers active in the old master trade, this symposium looked at those who worked with 20th century art. Their experience of dislocation changed the art world as well as the status of particular artists and artistic movements, opening up channels for the dissemination of the new trends of the 1920s and 1930s.

This event, embedded also in the Insiders/Outsiders Festival, combined short papers by experts in the field and a panel discussion which contextualized the experiences and achievements of those who lived through these dramatic times. Click here to see the full programme.

19 September 2019: International Art Law Conference – Discussing Current Legal Issues Revolving around the Art Market, New York, 2pm-7pm

The International Art Law Conference, co-organized by TIAMSA Legal, Libralex, Christie’s Education and the Center for Art Law, brought together a wide variety of participants such as art law and art market experts, collectors, auction houses, art dealers, museum professionals, business lawyers, and other interested participants to discuss current legal issues revolving around the art market.

The objective of the conference was to gain behind-the-scenes insights into issues currently being discussed among experts in their respective fields and to enable the participants to discuss such issues from a legal angle. Click here for the programme.

London, 6 September 2019: Two Panels on Nazi-Looted Art and Restitution Claims at the National Gallery

We thank the nearly 100 guests who joined us last Friday for our event on Nazi-Looted Art and Restitution Claims at the National Gallery London, as well as our fantastic panelists coming to us from the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles, the British Spoliation Advisory Panel, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Library, the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, Leiden University, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, and the Art Loss Register, and our co-organizers of The National Gallery and Constantine Cannon LLP. Click here for the evening’s programme and here for a review on the website of the Institute for Art Law.

The first Panel: Antonia Bartoli (British Library), Stephen Clark (Getty Trust), Evelien Campfens (Leiden University), Jacques Schumacher (V&A) and Moderator Till Vere-Hodge (Constantine Cannon) with Johannes Nathan (TIAMSA) welcoming the audience.
The event was very well attended…

London, 25 July 2019: Private tour of the Brave New Visions exhibition at Sotheby’s with the curator Sue Grayson Ford MBE, Cherith Summers and Shauna Isaacs. Organised by TIAMSA London.

On July 25th 2019, TIAMSA members met in London for a private tour of the Brave New Visions exhibition at Sotheby’s, organised by TIAMSA London. Featuring over 40 paintings and sculptures, alongside unique documentary material, the exhibition reveals how a group of émigrés who had found sanctuary in Britain in the 1930s revolutionised Britain’s art world, introduced avant-garde European and British artists to the broader public and founded some of the best known establishments on the London art scene.

Private tour for TIAMSA members of the Brave New Visions exhibition at Sotheby’s with the curator Sue Grayson Ford MBE, Cherith Summers and Shauna Isaacs.

Berlin, 20 June 2019, 6:30pm: ‘Know your Customer: Compliance in the Art Market’, Panel Discussion Organized by TIAMSA Legal

TIAMSA Legal – together with the Association of German Galleries and Art Dealers BVDG ( – hosted its first, practice-related panel discussion on Compliance in the Art Market. Panellists: Silke Althaus (Althaus Finance, Berlin), Dr. Christina Berking (Lawyer and Speaker of the Interessensgemeinschaft Kunstmarkt), Maria Evstropova (Compliance Expert,Duff& Phelps,London),Thole Rotermund (Art Dealer, Board Member BVDG); Moderator: Marius Müller (Independent).

This interdisciplinary panel – consisting of a specialized lawyer, an art finance expert, a compliance expert and an art dealer – discussed the expected effects of the EU’s 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive on the German art market. The lively discussion showed that the legal changes, although unwieldy and ill-suited for the art market, should be approached in a constructive spirit, following the example of the financial sector. Altogether, the panellists were less concerned by the bureaucratic burden than by the effects on the image of the art market – and thus on the existence of smaller galleries and art dealers. To many participants it seemed puzzling that – unlike the jewelry or vehicle trade – the art market has been classified among industries that are highly susceptible to money laundering, together with such industries as the arms and oil trade.

The organizers were happy that the event was attended by a high profile audience including exponents from the Berlin art market, as well as politicians and journalists. The questions raised during the general discussion helped to clarify numerous issues related to the new legislation which will take effect from 2020 onwards. The assembly also concurred that the art market in Germany – smaller and less robust than those of the US or the UK – should be handled prudently by politics as it provides an important cultural stimulus. The very welcome response to the event in two major German newspapers (Frankfurter Allgemeine, 30 June 2019, article by Julia Voss; Handelsblatt, 5/6/7 July 2019, article by Christiane Fricke) reveals that there is much interest for this topic. Further events in Berlin are to follow. (We cordially thank the Berlin law firm dtb rechtsanwälte for providing the premises.)

Silke Althaus, Christina Berking, Marius Müller, Maria Evstropova and Thole Rotermund (from left to right) discussing the EU’s 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive with the audience.




New York, 22nd May 2019, 7pm: “When Art Lays down the Law”

Join TIAMSA New York at e-flux on Wednesday, May 22 at 7pm for an evening with art historian and former lawyer Joan Kee. In this lecture, Kee will discuss three lines of inquiry into art and law via 1) legal practice, or how the practice of law intersects with art; 2) legal theory, how legal theory might help us think through/revisit artistic questions like intention [volition/consent], collaboration [joint authorship], and what the idea of agreement might entail; and 3) the “legal imagination,” or what is not yet possible in law that artworks permit us to imagine. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with e-flux editor Brian Kuan Wood. – Joan Kee is Associate Professor in the History of Art at the University of Michigan, former lawyer in Hong Kong and New York, and author of numerous articles on contemporary art and law on topics such as artistic uses of police evidence, stalking and harassment, property laws and contemporary Chinese art, and artists’ rights. Her book Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post-Sixties America examines the relationship between contemporary art and the law through the lens of integrity, and how in the 1960s, artists began to engage conspicuously with legal ideas, rituals, and documents. –

New York, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 5 – 8 p.m: Citizen Lane Film Screening and Discussion

Presented by the Center for the History of Collecting The film Citizen Lane combines drama and documentary to tell the story of art collector, dealer, philanthropist, and gallery director Hugh Lane, who founded The Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in 1908 (now Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane). Following the screening, there will be comments by Dr. Morna O’Neill, Associate Professor at Wake Forest University and author ofHugh Lane: The Art Market and the Art Museum (1893-1915) (Yale University Press, 2018), and a small reception.

London, 12 April 2019, 12:30-14:30 –  Sotheby’s Employability Insights Fair

TIAMSA was pleased to join the 4th edition of the Sotheby’s Employability Insights Fair and speak with over 200 students about what TIAMSA can offer young professionals. – The fair is organized every year for Sotheby’s students to connect directly with art sector institutions. Other organisations present included: ARTIQ, Artlogic, Parasol Unit Foundation, Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA), Pelham Communications, Trine Fortuna Consulting, Mayfair Gallery, Sotheby’s Auction House, LWAI – Lacey West Art International, White Cube Gallery, Artvisor, Vishal Kumar (Data Scientist and Art World Entrepreneur), Simon Lee Gallery, Olympia Auctions, Mutual Art. The photo shows our Coordinator Nirmalie Mulloli who was present for TIAMSA.









New York City, 15 February 2019, 12:30-1:30pm – Share and Connect: Databases for Art Market Studies; TIAMSA session at the College Art Association (CAA) Conference (Chaired by Clarissa Ricci, Iuav University of Venice and Sandra van Ginhoven, Getty Research Institute)

Databases and digital techniques frequently challenge current approaches to research, not least through the introduction of a new vocabulary. While this opens some exciting perspectives, the use of such tools requires careful consideration and modelling of key concepts and relationships. This exciting ‘Share and Connect’ meeting was open both to TIAMSA scholars and other colleagues interested in the use of databases and digital techniques for art market studies who wished to share their different methodological approaches, questions and insights. The aim of the meeting was to form an international group around the use of databases in art market studies in order to expand our field of inquiry. The discussion was based on the input from the following brief presentations:
Fiene Leunissen, Research Scholar, Duke Art, Law & Markets Initiative, Duke University: Teaching Art Markets: Data Limitations & Alternative Metrics in the South Korean Auction Market
– Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck, Junior Professor for Art History and Art Market, University of Cologne: ART | GALLERY GIS | COLOGNE – A Digital Mapping Project on the ART COLOGNE (1967– 1997)
– Jeffrey Taylor, MGES Program Grosland Director, Western Colorado University: Measuring the US Art Market Using Labor and Tax Data

New York City, 14 February 2019, 5:30-7:30pm – Christie’s Education again generously hosted our TIAMSA Reception at CAA

Renewing memories of our wonderful TIAMSA reception at CAA 2017, Christie’s Education once again hosted a Valentine’s day early evening reception for us at Rockefeller Center. 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 in the beautiful spaces of Christie’s Education with a spectacular view of Rockefeller Center!



New York City, 13 February 2019, 8:30-10:00am – The Studio as Market (Chaired by Julie Codell, Arizona State University) – TIAMSA-Session at the CAA (College Art Association) Conference; Location: New York Hilton Midtown, 3rd floor, Grand Ballroom West

Artists’ studios have been the site of workshops, collaboration, promotion, mystery, and myth, at times considered a hallowed space, at other times a disreputable one. They have also been the places of social, political, and economic transactions that shape aesthetic values. In the studio artists self-fashioned their social status and promoted their works. They invited critics, dealers, and patrons into their studios, turning the latter into sites that combined a presumed mysterious creative energy with economic exchange while purposely misapprehending economic considerations. This session explored how artists – facing dwindling church and aristocratic patronage from the eighteenth century on – strategically entered the “free” market by using their studios to promote and sell works in conjunction with creating marketable public identities to engage buyers and generate symbolic capital for their name and their work. Session programme:

– Julie Codell, Arizona State University: The Studio as Market. Victorian Artists’ Studios as Public Spaces
– Andrew Stephenson, Independent Scholar: Francis Bacon’ s London Studios – Before and After 1930
– Sasha Davis, The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation: Designed to Impress: Chaim Gross and the Studio at 526 LaGuardia Place
– Di Wang, University of Oxford: Lunch at the Artist’ s Studio

Full abstracts may be found here.

Gustave Courbet, The Artist’s Studio, 1855, Paris – Musée d’Orsay

New York City, 8 February 2019, 3:00-5:00pm – Join TIAMSA New York for inside views of the Frick Center for the History of Collecting

Please join TIAMSA members and staff of the Frick Center for the History of Collecting for a tour of the Frick Art Reference Library and the extensive Frick photo archive (1.2 million photographic reproductions of works of art from the fourth to the mid-twentieth century). We look forward to an exciting event which will convey insights into the fantastic resources and the activities of the Frick’s Center for the History of Collecting. RSVP requiredDate: Friday, 8 February 2019, 3:00-5:00pm. Address: Center for the History of Collecting, Frick Art Reference Library, 10 East 71 Street, New York, NY 10021


New York City, Wednesday 14 Nov 2018, 4pm – TIAMSA New York visits Delacroix with Curator Asher Miller at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

TIAMSA member Asher Miller (Associate Curator, European Paintings) offered a tour of Delacroixthe first comprehensive retrospective devoted to the French painter ever held in North America. A joint project with the Musée du Louvre, the exhibition features more than 150 paintings, drawings, prints, and manuscripts—many never before seen in the United States. The tour paid special attention to matters pertaining to the art market.

New York City, Wednesday 12 Nov 2018, 11am – TIAMSA New York offered a preview of the Anderson Collection at Christie’s

Véronique Chagnon-Burke (Academic Director, Christie’s Education New York) and Joey Quigley (Associate Vice President, Account Manager, Estates, Appraisals & Valuations, Christie’s) offered a preview and walkthrough of property from The Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson. The Collection, offered for sale at Christie’s, featured works by artists including David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder, and David Smith. The Ebsworth Collection—”the greatest privately owned collection of American Modernist art ever to come to market”—was also on view.

New York City, Friday 26 Oct 2018, 4pm – TIAMSA New York visits Relative Values with Curator Elizabeth Cleland at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

TIAMSA New York hosted a tour of Relative Values: The Cost of Art in the Northern Renaissance with Elizabeth Cleland (Associate Curator, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts). Bringing together 62 masterpieces of northern European art, the exhibition revolves around questions of historical worth, exploring relative value systems in the Renaissance era. The objects on view—tapestry, stained and vessel glass, sculpture, paintings, precious metal-work, and enamels—are juxtaposed with pricing data from sixteenth-century documents.

Vienna, 27-29 Sept 2018 – TIAMSA’s Second Annual Conference, “Art for the People?” hosted by the Belvedere, the Dorotheum and Vienna University’s Department of Art History.

Our second annual conference was held in Vienna. With its extraordinary cultural institutions and a thriving local art market, the city provided a great venue for this event hosted by three distinguished institutions. The conference began with two special tours – one of Vienna Contemporary, Austria’s International Art Fair, the other of the Belvedere Research Center – followed by a round table discussion organized in cooperation with viennacontemporary (see below). Day two found us convening at Belvedere21, the museum’s beautiful venue for contemporary art, and concluded with a fascinating keynote lecture by Payal Arora (University of Rotterdam) entitled “Automating Culture. How Digital Platforms are Shaping the Art World”. The last day was held at the magnificent Palais Dorotheum, the world’s oldest auction house (est. 1707) located in Vienna’s historic centre. The conference was complemented by the launch of TIAMSA legal and our Annual General Meeting on 29 September.

The Belvedere in Vienna – one of our hosting institutions © Belvedere, Wien.

Vienna, 27 Sept 2018, 5:30pm – Round Table: The Art Market and the Internet, hosted by viennacontemporary, Austria’s International Art Fair, Marx Halle, Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Vienna

The internet has a profound effect on the art market. With its databases, online sales, abundant information on artists, commercial galleries, auction houses, and so much else, the world wide web appears to offer everything needed to stay informed or to engage in transactions. And yet, many of the art market’s ‘old fashioned’ practices, such as hand-shake deals or evening auctions, keep their ground, while real-life platforms such as art fairs actually expand and multiply. This round table will address the complex relations between the art market and the internet – fascinating and still relatively unexplored. – On the rostrum: Marek Claaßen, Founder and CEO, ArtFacts.Net / Kristina Kulakova, Head of Digital and PR at viennacontemporary / Sophie Neuendorf, Vice President – Strategic Partnerships, artnet / Prof. Dr. Olav Velthuis, University of Amsterdam and TIAMSA President / Moderator: Dr. Johannes Nathan, Director Nathan Fine Art, TIAMSA Chair.

TIAMSA’s Round Table at viennacontemporary. On the rostrum (left to right): Marek Claaßen, Kristina Kulakova, Olav Velthuis, Sophie Neuendorf, Johannes Nathan

Vienna, 29 Sept 2018, 3:30pm – Annual General Meeting of TIAMSA, hosted by the Dorotheum, Dorotheergasse 17, 1010 Vienna

Our AGM provided a review of TIAMSA’s activities in 2017/2018, an overview of TIAMSA’s finances and figures (we have just become a 250-member association) a preview of our conference in 2019, and a lively discussion on our association’s future. It also elected Veronika Korbei as TIAMSA’s new Co-Chair and Nirmalie Mulloli as TIAMSA’s new Coordinator: Congratulations!

TIAMSA convening at the Dorotheum

New York, 21 September 2018, 2:00-3:30pm – TIAMSA-NY Visit to the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

TIAMSA-NY organized an exciting walk through the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation at 381 Lafayette St. (between Great Jones St. and E. 4th St.) with a visit to the foundation’s gallery, Rauschenberg’s former studio and living areas, and portions of the foundation offices. We cordially thank Francine Snyder, Director of Archives and Scholarship, and Julia Blaut, Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs who led the tour together. Topics discussed included the activities of the foundation and its exhibition and archives programs.

Rauschenberg and Julie Martin, Captiva, Florida, 1978. Photo: Attributed to Billy Klüver (photo courtesy

London, 12 July 2018, 6pm-8:30pm – Refugee Art Dealers in London during and after WWII – Courtauld Institute of Art (in cooperation with the Courtauld Alumni Association)

The London Group of TIAMSA – The International Art Market Studies Association and The Courtauld Alumni Association organized an evening remembering some refugee art dealers in London during and after WWII. Attended by more than seventy individuals, some of whom had come from abroad for the evening, the event began with words of welcome by Prof. Antony Eastmond (Dean and Deputy Director of the Courtauld Institute) and Barbara Pezzini (TIAMSA London and Editor in Chief of Visual Resources). This was followed by a fascinating lecture by Professor Michael Kauffmann (Director Emeritus of the Courtauld Institute of Art) on his father Arthur Kauffmann and some contemporary refugee art dealers. The evening concluded with a round table involving additional descendants of refugee art dealers: Marion Davies (daughter of Herbert Bier, whose archive is now at the Wallace Collection), Elizabeth Drey Brown (granddaughter of Francis Drey) and Patrick Matthiesen (Director of the Matthiesen Gallery and son of Francis Matthiesen), moderated by TIAMSA Chair Johannes Nathan (Editor in Chief of the Art Market Dictionary). Have a look at some impressions below and click here to see the full programme.

Prof. Antony Eastmond, addressing the audience, to the left Barbara Pezzini
From left: Marion Davies at the rostrum, Patrick Matthiesen, Prof. Michael Kauffmann, Elizabeth Drey Brown and Johannes Nathan addressing the audience
An impression of the audience

Vienna, 28 June, 12:15pm – TIAMSA Co-Chair Johannes Nathan discusses a proposal for title insurance for cultural property (hosted by the Austrian Commission for Provenance Research; in German)

In this talk, Johannes Nathan further discussed a proposal which he briefly presented at the recent ‘Spoliation Conference’ (National Gallery London, 12 September 2017). This talk (in German) formed part of the ‘Mittagsgespräche‘ related to matters concerning provenance research and displaced or looted art (Thursday, 28. June 2018, 12:15, Ahnensaal des Bundesdenkmalamts, Hofburg, Säulenstiege, Vienna I).

New York, 22 May 2018, 6:30pm – TIAMSA New York visited the Alberto Savinio exhibition at the Center for Italian Modern Art

TIAMSA New York visited the Alberto Savinio exhibition at the Center for Italian Modern Art, with an introduction by Heather Ewing, CIMA’s Executive Director.

Alberto Savinio, Senza titolo (Untitled), 1929. Private Collection, Milan. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS) SIAE, Rome. Photo: Dario Lasagni.

Vienna, 19 April 2018, 10am-12noon – Seminar with TIAMSA Board Members Christian Huemer and Johannes Nathan on the ‘Art Market Dictionary’ at the Belvedere Research Center, Rennweg 4, 1030 Vienna (in German)

Das „Art Market Dictionary (AMD)“ ist das erste Nachschlagewerk zum internationalen Kunsthandel im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert. Es entsteht derzeit unter Mitwirkung von fünfzehn “Section Editors”, mehr als dreihundert AutorInnen und einem renommierten internationalen Fachbeirat im de Gruyter Verlag, Berlin. Partnerinstitutionen sind u.a. das Getty Research Institute, das Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, das Forum Kunst und Markt an der TU Berlin und das Belvedere Research Center. Eine Vernetzung mit dem Lexikon der Österreichischen Provenienzforschung (LÖPF) ist vorgesehen. Das AMD wird ab 2019 erscheinen. – Im Zuge der Bearbeitung der Einträge zu Österreich erörterte dieses gut besuchte Seminar die Besonderheiten des österreichischen Kunstmarkts und die Herausforderungen bei dessen Erforschung. Es diente auch der Vernetzung von ExpertInnen.

Vienna, 18 April 2018, 6:15pm – ‘Art Market & Exhibitions’, 10th Meeting of DArtHist Austria ( with TIAMSA Board Members Christian Huemer, Veronika Korbei and Johannes Nathan at Vienna University, Seminar Room 3, Hof 7 (in German)

Im Rahmen des 10. Vernetzungstreffens von DArtHist zum Thema ‘Art Market & Exhibitions’ wurden zwei aktuelle Projekte vorgestellt: Johannes Nathan, Christian Huemer und Veronika Korbei ermöglichten einen Einblick in die Arbeit am ‘Art Market Dictionary’; im Anschluss stellte Christina Bartosch das neue Projekt ‘Exhibitions of Modern Painting 1905-15’, welches am Wiener Institut für Kunstgeschichte angesiedelt ist, vor. Moderiert wurde das Treffen von Christian Huemer (vgl.

Porto Alegre (Brazil), 8-10 April 2018 – ART BEYOND ART: First Symposium on Art Systemic Relations (Goethe Institute, Porto Alegre)

From production to access, the world of visual arts has changed substantially in the last decades, especially considering the performances of agents and institutions which shape the legitimating structures and the definitions of what art is – or is not. However, the logic of production, circulation, legitimization and consumption is also associated with spheres other than those specific to the art world, highlighting the connections inherent in the development of the greater art system. In this sense ART BEYOND ART, the first Symposium on Art Systemic Relations, debated the transformations in the mode(s) of operation and in the production of contemporary visual art. Essentially transdisciplinary, the event opened the dialogue between researchers of Arts, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Literature, Technology, Sciences and other areas. – This conference is an initiative of TIAMSA Art Market and Collecting – Portugal, Spain and Brazil (TIAMSA AMC_PSB). All further information can be found in the related TIAMSA post and on the Conference Website.



New York, 3 April 2018, 7pm – TIAMSA-NY met at a screening of the documentary film Hitler vs Picasso and the Others at Village East Cinema

Narrated by Toni Servillo (star of the Oscar winning film The Great Beauty), Hitler vs Picasso and the Others is an incredible journey through five exhibitions, displaying masterpieces by Botticelli, Klee, Matisse, Monet, Chagall, Renoir, and Gauguin. Linked to each exhibition are moving stories of those who witnessed the systematic destruction and looting of the day – from the Bernheimer family, who were forced to barter their freedom, to ‘Hitler’s dealer’, Hildebrand Gurlitt, known to have hidden away many extraordinary art treasures (90 minutes).

Los Angeles, 23 Feb 2018, 12.30pm-1.30pm – TIAMSA ‘Business Meeting’ at the CAA Conference (Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 410)

Hosted by board members Lynn Catterson and Johannes Nathan, our ‘business meeting’ during the CAA conference was a friendly gathering to share and discuss with our members and friends the plans for the year and to listen to ideas and concerns. There was a lively response from those attending, all of them happy to share this opportunity for networking and thinking about activities of TIAMSA Groups.

Los Angeles, 22 Feb 2018, 4.30pm-c.8.30pm – TIAMSA Visit to the Getty Archive and Provenance Index

On the occasion of the CAA Conference in Los Angeles, TIAMSA was offering a two hours program with Gail Feigenbaum (Associate Director of the Getty Research Institute – GRI), Sally McKay (Head of Special Collections Services at the GRI), and Sandra van Ginhoven (Research Associate at the GRI) who warmly welcomed our members for a special tour of the Getty’s holdings of dealers’ archives and for an introduction to the Getty Provenance Index and the Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance at the Getty Research Center. We were first invited to study a wonderful display of documents from the Getty archive, including items such as a 17th century Italian Inventory, an early 20th-century stock book from the Knoedler archive, and documents from the archive of Willi Bongard, creator of the legendary “Kunstkompass” – all of them expertly explained by Gail Feigenbaum, Sally McKay and Sandra van Ginhoven. This was followed by a series of short presentations on the history and the current transformation of the Getty Provenance Index, held by Anna Cera Sones, Eric Hormell, Claudia Einecke, Kelsey Garrison, Kelly Davis and Sandra van Ginhoven. We were all deeply grateful for this extremely generous welcome, paired with warm encouragements to study the ever growing holdings of the Getty archive and to apply for Library Grants. At 7pm our group was invited to join the CAA VIP reception in the Getty Museum Lobby and to study the fantastic exhibition on Harald Szeemann at the GRI.

Gail Feigenbaum, Deputy Director of the Getty Research Institute, addressing TIAMSA Members studying the special display of archival material arranged for our visit.

Los Angeles, 22 Feb 2018, 2:00pm-3:30pm – TIAMSA Session at the CAA Conference (Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 404B)

TIAMSA joined the College Art Association (CAA, in 2017 as an affiliated society, entitling us to a session at the CAA conference. Our members Véronique Chagnon-Burke and Julie Reiss (both Christie’s Education, New York) convened a wonderful session entitled ‘Changing Hands: When Art History Meets the Art Market’. Three fascinating case studies by Karen Meyer-Roux, Getty Research Institute (‘Unraveling the Path of a Tapestry in the Records of French & Company’), Sydney Stutterheim, The Graduate Center, CUNY (‘Artistic Ownership: Martin Kippenberg’s Authorial and Market Manipulations’) and Orianna Cacchione, Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago and Sara Moy, Independent Conservator (‘Apples, Bananas and Meat: Re-Creating Gu Dexin’s Artworks in his Absence’) provided a most welcome opportunity to explore the forces exerted by the market on the making of works of art – and on their subsequent fate.

Julie Reiss, Session Chair, addressing the audience during the TIAMSA Session at CAA 2018 in Los Angeles.


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 TIAMSA ‘Translocations’ 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 Italy.

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 TIAMSA Berlin 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. 

TIAMSA New York’s first 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 (TIAMSA Groups 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 Berlin

Christine Howald and Anne Luther (both TU Berlin) generously hosted the successful launch of TIAMSA Berlin; 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

TIAMSA Berlin 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 TIAMSA Modern-Art / TIAMSA New York groups 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 groups are currently planning a follow-up in the fall. If you are interested in joining one of the New York groups, 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.