The art world and the market have traditionally been the domain of the elites and have thrived on exclusivity. However, the art world has arguably become much more democratic in recent years thanks to the digital revolution, the inclusion of emerging economies in the world art market system, and the vastly improved access to art and information. The price histories of works of art can nowadays easily be reconstructed using online databases; the threshold for art buying is significantly lowered by online sales platforms; and new buyers in emerging economies are making the art market much less Western-oriented. Moreover, an ever broader range of artworks in different price categories has put (fine) art within reach of the middle classes across the globe. At the same time, art institutions such as museums are under tremendous pressure to be less exclusive. Some of these democratizing tendencies are of course not new. For instance, publishing houses in Europe started disseminating prints on a massive scale already in the sixteenth century, thereby enabling larger segments of the population to acquire images. Continue reading “CFP: Art for the People? Questioning the Democratization of the Art Market – Second TIAMSA Conference (Vienna, 27-29 Sept, 18)”→
Arte Fiera was the first art fair of its kind in Italy (1974) and one of the first in Europe. A vibrant cultural and artistic community attends the event. The 2018 edition is the ideal opportunity for artists, critics, editors to re-unite and discuss a recent and growing phenomenon, the hybridization between exhibitions and fairs, which are tending to overlap more frequently. A topic which, despite growing interest, is covered very little by scholars. This is perhaps due to the discomfort between the association of art to the market.
With today’s art market coming under increasing pressure to self-reflect and adapt to new challenges, the Responsible Art Market Initiative (RAM) continues to foster the dialogue on responsible art market practices.
For its second edition, RAM will be launching its “Art Transaction Due Diligence Toolkit” and discussing the importance of due diligence and the place of technology in modern-day art transactions. What opportunities and threats do they present for art professionals and collectors ?
June 15, 2018
Deadline: Feb 28, 2018
This symposium investigates the impact of art markets on museum collecting and contemporary curatorial practices. As sponsorship deals and commercial interests increasingly shape the global footprint of museum ‘brands’ and determine the budget for exhibitions, new questions arise as to the social responsibilities of public art institutions, their independence, and the evolving narratives proposed by their collections. In the wake of cuts to state funding for the arts, have public museums become reliant on the financial support and, hence, personal tastes of private donors? To what extent do exhibition practices track the market activities of auction houses and private galleries and with what impact on institutional diversity and the career prospects of individual artists? Are privately owned spaces and commercial venues supplanting state-funded museums? Has increasing public interest in the spectacle of the art market altered expectations about the kinds of experience that should be promoted by museums? Proposals for 20 minute papers are welcome that debate intersections between local or global art market forces and museum collecting in the twenty-first century. We welcome proposals that address cases from around the world.
Please send proposals (250 words max and a short biography) to Kathryn Brown firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 28 February, 2018.
This symposium is sponsored by the Museums, Markets, and Critical Heritage Research Group of Loughborough University.
Sotheby’s Institute of Art
12. – 15.07.2017
Bericht von Helene Bosecker, Berlin
Die erste Konferenz der 2016 gegründeten International Art Market Studies Association (TIAMSA) widmete sich der historischen und aktuellen Forschung zum Thema Kunstmesse. Dieser zentrale Schauplatz des Kunsthandels wurde im Rahmen der dreitägigen Veranstaltung aus verschiedenen Perspektiven beleuchtet, in seinen Strukturen untersucht, kritisch reflektiert und diskutiert.  Continue reading “REV-CONF: The Art Fair – The 2017 TIAMSA Conference”→