Call for Papers: Arts Special Issue — Art Markets and Digital Histories

Arts Special Issue: Art Markets and Digital Histories

Deadline: Jun 15, 2018

A Special Issue of Arts will investigate the promises and pitfalls of current digital methods in studying the history of art markets. New technologies are becoming integral to research in the humanities and social sciences and this invites a reflection on the use of these methods and techniques in art market studies. Our aim is to explore the different strategies that scholars employ to navigate and negotiate digital techniques and data sources, particularly when combining different datasets and types. Furthermore, the wealth of digitized historical data on objects and agents in art markets is rapidly expanding, and this data is increasingly published as Linked Open Data. Two recent historiographical trends make the use of Linked Data particularly relevant to art market studies.

First of all, the history of art markets has since long been studied through economic, social, and cultural lenses. While some scholars opt for the one or the other, others try to integrate them through the topics of, for instance, intermediaries, market mediation, and valuation processes. Open access to digital assets from art museums, archives, and libraries provide the opportunity, in the form of linked data and combined sources, to test cross-overs between research domains and thereby expand our understanding of art markets as socio-cultural as well as economic phenomena. But translating the promise of Linked Data into actual conceptual leaps in the field requires careful design of data models and methodologies.

The second trend also concerns the boundaries of the art market, but on a spatial level. The geographical reach of historical art market studies has been extended beyond Europe and the United States to include Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. At the same time, scholars have developed increasing interest on themes such as cross-border trade and networks, global vs. national vs. local, and migration and mobility patterns. In theory, digitization and linked data provide excellent opportunities for advanced cross-border and comparative analyses, but in practice it has proven difficult to systematically link or compare data across borders and languages.

For this issue, we seek contributions that present a historical research question relevant to art market studies. We are particularly interested in contributions that reach out to other domains (be they time, place, or societal), and that place emphasis on combining and using multiple sources or data types (linked or not linked). There are no limitations as to place or time, as long as the papers are explicit on their research processes with regards to data, techniques and methods. Continue reading “Call for Papers: Arts Special Issue — Art Markets and Digital Histories”

TIAMSA ‘Art Fairs’ conference key note speaker announced

TIAMSA proudly announces Noah Horowitz as keynote speaker at its upcoming ART FAIRS conference

Noah Horowitz, Director Americas, Art Basel

Noah Horowitz directs the Art Basel Miami Beach show, one of the most successful art fairs worldwide. His keynote speech will greatly enrich our conference that will explore the theme of art fairs in historical and contemporary perspective.

Venue: London, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 14/15 July 2017.
Submit your proposal to our Call for Papers, closing on March 12th.

5 Travel Grants to Art Basel for German Museum Curatorial Assistants

Basel, 13. – 15.06.2017
Application deadline: Nov 28, 2017

The Junge Freundeskreis der Kulturstiftung der Länder invites applications for five travel grants to the 48th Art Basel 2017.

It supports five emerging scholars in art history to travel to Art Basel between 13-15 June 2017. This offer is exclusive to curatorial assistants (Volontäre) in German Museums.
A grant covers travel costs, accommodation, the day passes to the fair as well as a small amount for expenses. In exchange successful applicants will write a final report about their experience at Art Basel.

Further information, the program and instructions about the application process in German can be found here.

Contact
Freundeskreis der Kulturstiftung der Länder
Herrn Prof. Dr. Frank Druffner
Lützowplatz 9
10785 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 89 36 35 – 19

Reference: STIP: 5 Reisestipendien zur 48. Art Basel. In: H-ArtHist, Feb 7, 2017 (accessed Feb 8, 2017).

CFP: ‘The Art Fair’ @ artmarketstudies.org, London 14/15 July 2017

This Call for Papers is now closed.
‘The Art Fair’ @ artmarketstudies.org

Deadline: 12 March 2017

Keynote speaker just announced:
Noah Horowitz, Director Americas, Art Basel Miami Beach

First Conference of TIAMSA, The International Art Market Studies Association
London, 14 and/or 15 July 2017

Art Fairs are booming. Established fairs grow and proliferate at break neck speed, new venues are mushrooming, and the clientele is increasingly diverting its attention from the permanent gallery spaces to these events. The art fairs’ current global outreach and their diversity seem unprecedented, yet they have a long history that goes back at least to the early modern period. This conference of the recently founded International Art Market Studies Association aims to elucidate the art fair’s phenomenal evolutions through a multi-disciplinary approach. Continue reading “CFP: ‘The Art Fair’ @ artmarketstudies.org, London 14/15 July 2017”