L: Johannes Nathan, The Art Market Dictionary, 8 Feb 2017, Paris, GREMA

Johannes Nathan (Nathan Fine Art / TU Berlin) : « The Art Market Dictionary – Reflections on the Mapping of a Complex Field »

The Art Market Dictionary (AMD) is the first encompassing reference work on the art market and its historical development. It will provide key information on central agents such as auction houses, commercial galleries, art dealers, and advisers. Each entry will give brief business histories or biographies followed by notes on areas of specialization, artists represented, principal exhibitions and publications as well as significant transactions. The AMD will also list resources with additional information including archives, museums, libraries, databases, and scholarly literature. Where available, it will include relevant illustrations. The project’s first phase covers Europe and North America in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Developed in collaboration with a highly qualified international team of Section Editors, the AMD will feature contributions from specialists worldwide. De Gruyter, the AMD’s publisher, is a Berlin-based academic publisher. Among the databases published by de Gruyter is the Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (AKL) the world’s most encompassing database on artists.

Free and public lecture
GREMA
Group de recherche sur le marche d’art lectures and program
Time: 5 – 7pm
Centre Malher de l’Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
(M° Saint-Paul, 9 rue Malher, salle 106)

CFP: Old Masters Worldwide (apply by Feb 1, 2017)

A Worldwide Market for Old Masters between the Napoleonic Era and the Great Depression

Edited by Susanna Avery-Quash and Barbara Pezzini

Call for Book Chapters; Deadline: Feb 1, 2017

We are soliciting chapter abstracts for an edited collection with the provisional title of: A Worldwide Market for Old Masters between the Napoleonic Era and the Great Depression. The volume will be an edited collection of around 15 essays, each of 6-7,000 words plus footnotes with up to 5 illustrations. It is envisaged that the collection will be part of the Oxford University Press series on the History of Collecting, edited by Christina Anderson and Peter Stewart.

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CONF: The Art Market, Collectors and Agents: Then and Now, Part I, 13 July, London

London, The Warburg Institute, July 13, 2016

Studies of the art market have paid great attention to the rise of auctions and the subsequent opening of the art market. However, there was another, equally important part of the art market in the early modern period, namely the agent, who discovered, bought and sold works of art to many of the most important collectors of the day. Agents not only acted as advisors; they set up networks across Europe and even beyond to acquire works of art; they negotiated with sellers and acted as intermediaries for buyers. At a time when prices were negotiable, the agent was often the person who created the true value of a work of art.

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