Student Blog: TIAMSA Conference 2018 – Section 5: Launching TIAMSA Legal by Kirsten Pilling

The classical pathway of most art history students leads from learning the basics about architecture and iconography, to the study of the Italian Renaissance, to the confrontation with the avant-garde movements and contemporary art. However, most students never reach the point at which they actually deal with questions of the art market, and in particular its legal challenges – a situation which is particularly surprising given the fact that many of them have ended up, or will end up, in workplaces like galleries, auction houses or other institutions dealing with the more commercial side of art. Therefore, logically, it is usually only a matter of time until one is confronted with a situation in which a certain level of instinct for legal matters is helpful or even actual knowledge is required.

The fact that the second TIAMSA Conference dedicated a whole section to the legal aspects of the art market, and also has a newly founded sub-committee “TIAMSA Legal”, consisting of practitioners as well as academics involved in the art law, responds exactly to that gap and need for transdisciplinary action and information. Altogether four speakers presented and discussed legal challenges and existing initiatives currently present in the art market:

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Student Blog: TIAMSA Conference 2018 – Section 3: “Elites and the People” by Theresa Auer

The last panel on the second day of the 2018 TIAMSA conference addressed a very promising topic: “Elites and the people” in relation to the contemporary art market. Even though Friday’s schedule was tight and demanding, the audience still seemed passionate to follow a very interesting discussion.

Stoyan Sgourev (ESSEC Paris) presenting ‘The Bifurcation of the Art Market. Precedents and Consequences’ at the 2018 TIAMSA Conference in Vienna
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Student Blog: TIAMSA Conference 2018 – Roundtable discussion – ‘The Art Market and the Internet’ by Lukas Fuchs

Following the inaugural TIAMSA conference in London in 2017, TIAMSA members met in Vienna, an equally rich city in art and culture, in late September 2018, for the second TIAMSA conference provocatively titled “ART FOR THE PEOPLE? QUESTIONING THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF THE ART MARKET”

The first of the three conference locations were the halls of Vienna’s annual contemporary art fair – viennacontemporary, which hosted TIAMSA’s opening public lecture “The Art Market and the Internet”. The Roundtable discussion featured five distinguished panellists: Marek Claassen (Founder and CEO, ArtFacts.Net), Kristina Kulakova (Head of Digital and PR, viennacontemporary), Sophie Neuendorf (Vice President – Strategic Partnerships, artnet Worldwide Corp.), Olav Velthuis (Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam/ TIAMSA President), and Johannes Nathan (Chair of TIAMSA / Co-founder of the Centre for Art Market Studies, TU Berlin).

Opening Roundtable discission from TIAMSA Confernce 2018 at viennacontemporary.
(L-R) Marek Claassen (Founder and CEO, ArtFacts.Net), Kristina Kulakova (Head of Digital and PR, viennacontemporary), Olav Velthuis (Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam), Sophie Neuendorf (Vice President – Strategic Partnerships, artnet Worldwide Corp.), and Johannes Nathan (Chair of TIAMSA / Co-founder of the Centre for Art Market Studies, TU Berlin).

Since the rise of the internet its impact on our society has grown to such an extent in recent years that it is hard to imagine a life without it. The music and film industries, for example, have been revolutionised by streaming services – so what is the situation in art, especially in the art market, and what changes are still ahead of us?

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Apply now: TIAMSA Conference Student Sponsorship Opportunity (dead line Sept 15, 2018)

This year TIAMSA is sponsoring 5 tickets to its conference

Art for the People? Questioning the Democratization of the Art Market
(27-29 September, 2018) 

for students, by application only

In order to apply for sponsorship, applicants must:

  • be a currently enrolled, full-time Masters or PhD level student
  • be actively interested, or involved in work or research related to the art market
  • be able to articulate how the TIAMSA conference will further their professional and or research plans
  • have a high-quality English writing style and commit to writing a one-page blog during the conference to be submitted to the Coordinator within the agreed deadline. (Note: each recipient will be assigned a section to blog about so that each session of the conference is covered)

Application evaluation will be based on the following criteria:

  • proven interest in the art market and or art market research, through studies, work or extracurricular activities
  • their future ambitions/goals and how the TIAMSA conference might contribute to those
  • writing style and proof of their ability to write accurate and well-written blog posts at the TIAMSA conference

This sponsorship is for the conference ticket only.

There will be many applications for these tickets, so if you fit the above criteria and are interested in applying, please take the time to thoroughly complete an application so we can learn more about you and your work.

Your application should include a CV and a letter of motivation (no longer than 500 words). Please send completed applications to TIAMSA Coordinator, Nirmalie Mulloli n.a.mulloli@gmail.com by September 15th, 2018.

TIAMSA Conference Student Ticket