CONF: Christie’s Education Symposium – Women Art Dealers (1940-1990) curated by Véronique Chagnon-Burke and Caterina Toschi, May 17-18, 2019

The symposium analyzes the central role played by women art dealers in the creation and development of the art market between the 1940s and the 1980s. It examines the work of those women who promoted art between different countries and continents, thus developing an international market that anticipated the current global model. The two-day conference is divided into three sessions: the promotion of Modern art by women gallerists after World War II, thus establishing its estate in Neo-Avantgarde research; the women art dealers’ contribution to the birth of new markets, creating a fortune of new artistic languages like architectural drawings and video art; finally, the gradual establishment of a women art dealers’ global network which supplanted the male-dominated market’s geography.

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ANN: Gulbenkian Symposium – Collecting: modus operandi, 1900-1950, 15-16 February 2019, Lisbon


Calouste Gulbenkian residence. Avenue d’Iéna, Paris. Library, c. 1956-57 Source: https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/evento/collecting-modus-operandi-1900-1950/

In 2019 the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Art Library will have been open for 50 years. Gulbenkian was known as ‘Mr. 5%’, who wanted ‘only the best’, but this conference seeks to go beyond the biographical, or the anecdotic, and to consider Gulbenkian in the light of a wider context, with papers that reflect new research into the ways in which collectors worked, their networks, and their relationship with their collection, its accessibility and its future, and that go beyond single-case studies of individual owners, seeking instead more transversal studies into how collectors worked and how they mirrored the period in which they lived. The questions of the role played by museums, by art agents and intermediaries, as well as by the markets, will also be addressed.

Free admission subject to previous registration: collecting@gulbenkian.pt
Places: 134 

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