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)”→
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”→
The conversation co-organized by TIAMSA and Art Basel in June was the subject of an extensive, very positive newspaper article in the Milanese daily “Il Sole 24 Ore”, written by Silvia Simoncelli (25 June 2017, no. 768, p. 20).
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International Symposium Institut National d’Histoire de l’art (INHA) Paris, 07. – 08.09.2017
Org. Alexander Alberro (Columbia University), Sophie Cras (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Exchange is classically described by economists as a phenomenon of equalization of values within a given system. When heterogeneous orders of economic rationalities meet, material objects and practices come to embody the paradoxes of dissonant exchange. This symposium aims to explore how artifacts and artistic practices have materialized ruptures within, and encounters between, economic systems in the modern and contemporary period.
TIAMSA’s The Art Fair Conference 13-15 July 2017 Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London
Here we attach the abstracts to the talks of the upcoming event.
We look forward to welcoming our speakers and participants to this exciting programme, focusing on art fairs from 16th-century panden via the creation of documenta to Art Basel now.
First meeting of TIAMSA’s Berlin sub-committee Berlin, 3 July 2017, 7.00pm
Christine Howald and Anne Luther generously hosted the successful launch of TIAMSA’s Berlin sub-committee, an event attended by a dozen local TIAMSA members who engaged in a lively conversation on a range of future activities and the state of art market studies in Berlin and internationally. The next meeting will be in September (date tbc) with a trip to the private archive of Gerd Harry Lybke, gallery owner of Galerie Eigen + Art.
We are excited for new members to join the group and would love to hear from you. Herzliche Grüße! Anne and Christine