December 8, 2017, Art Basel Miami Beach
Moderator: Josh Baer, Advisor and Publisher, Baer Faxt, New York
This panel addresses the way in which museums and galleries are responding to the increasing pressures of the global art world and whether they are choosing similar expansion models or different options for going global. The funding required for public institutions to mount high-quality exhibitions is becoming increasingly scarce. At the same time, major galleries are more often in a strong enough financial position to do so. Is the trend of museum curators crossing over to galleries a symptom of this shift? In the long run, is this shift good for artists and estates? What are the implications for the integrity of art history if it is being written and re-written in the commercial context? As privatization of the art field increases, are galleries becoming the new museums?
Thaddaeus Ropac, Founder, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London/Paris/Salzburg; Juan A. Gaitán, Director, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; John Zarobell, Associate Professor of International Studies, University of San Francisco, San Francisco
In this blog, our member Dr. Anne Luther, a researcher and software developer at The Center for Data Arts at The New School and for Professor Boris Groys at NYU, questions some of the recent practices by speculating collectors looking to make quick profits from the market of contemporary art. A similar call to blacklist so-called flippers was recently made by Thaddaus Ropac at the Barcelona Talking Galleries Conference (16-17 January 2017).
Anne Luther: A Plea for a More Sustainable Art Market (pdf., 109kB)
A plea for a more sustainable art market
by Anne Luther
New York is the center of the international contemporary art market. [footnote 1] Local actors are tightly interconnected, and one can understand strategies and mechanisms of the market in a much more traceable way than in anywhere else. The city has major museums and institutions; the significant auction houses host their ‘record auctions’ here; the most successful galleries are surrounded by an unparalleled density of galleries; and art fairs, art magazines, and art schools are abundant. The network of people working in this local art world is therefore incomparable to other cities: artists, artist assistants, art handlers, writers, art advisors, curators, gallerists and their staff are part of a tightly knit and highly social network that spans art production and collecting. Private collectors have a major influence in this network and have changed the art market in the past five years significantly.
The following will describe the most notable mechanisms responsible for a change in art production in this time period. I will use the term emerging to point to actors in the art world that, in the past five to eight years, appeared for the first time in institutional presentations, art fairs, auctions, and art magazines. Emerging therefore indicates a performance or realization within the art market and is shaped by the network that produces sales, reviews, and institutional recognition of the produced artworks. Continue reading “Anne Luther: A Plea for a More Sustainable Art Market”