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”

CFP: Session at Female Agency in the Arts (New York, 26-27 Jun 18)

Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts

Christie’s Education Academic Conference
Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York
June 26 – 27, 2018

Deadline: Dec 22, 2017

Following the success of the 250-anniversary conference held in London in July 2016, Christie’s Education is organizing its second academic conference on the theme of women in the arts (www.christies.com/exhibitions/christies-education-conference-celebrating-female-agency-arts).

Call for Papers for the session: Women Art Dealers (1940-1990)

Session Chair: Caterina Toschi

The session analyzes the central role played by women art dealers in the creation and development of art market between the 1940s and the 1980s. The panel examines the work of those women who promoted art between different countries and continents thus developing an international form of market that anticipated the current global model. Paula Cooper, Peggy Guggenheim, Beatrice Monti della Corte, Betty Parsons, Martha Jackson, Denise René, Lia Rumma, Ileana Sonnabend are just some of the protagonists of an intense period of artistic promotion characterised by renewed marketing strategies and new uses of gallery space. Without advocating an alternative history of market, the session aims to consider women art dealers’ diverse contributions to arts addressing the following topics: Continue reading “CFP: Session at Female Agency in the Arts (New York, 26-27 Jun 18)”

CFP: Women Art Dealers (1940-1990)

Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts
Christie’s Education Academic Conference, New York, June 2018

Call for Papers
Women Art Dealers (1940-1990)
Session Chair: Caterina Toschi

The session analyzes the central role played by women art dealers in the creation and development of art market between the 1940s and the 1980s. The panel examines the work of those women who promoted art between different countries and continents thus developing an international form of market that anticipated the current global model. Paula Cooper, Peggy Guggenheim, Beatrice Monti della Corte, Betty Parsons, Martha Jackson, Denise René, Lia Rumma, Ileana Sonnabend are just some of the protagonists of an intense period of artistic promotion characterised by renewed marketing strategies and new uses of gallery space. Without advocating an alternative history of market, the session aims to consider women art dealers’ diverse contributions to arts addressing the following topics:

  • International networks of women art dealers in both the United States and Europe
  • Women art dealers’ role in the birth of global art market
  • History of exhibitions: new forms of exhibition design
  • Gender solidarity in art promotion
  • The importance of female economic autonomy and purchasing power in affirming feminist culture
  • Mapping women art dealers’ archives
  • Female editorial projects and graphics (catalogues, artist books, posters and invitations)
  • Women art dealers and men colleagues
  • Aspects of the role of women art dealers in art fairs and biennales
  • Women art dealers and art collecting.

Paper proposals should be sent by email to Caterina Toschi (caterina.toschi@unicas.it) by December 22, 2017. Proposals should include:

Abstract (500 words) with short bibliography and a biography (250 words).

Authors will be notified of acceptance by January 12, 2018.
Speakers will be asked to submit an advanced draft of their final paper by April 27, 2018.

Photo: Beatrice Monti della Corte, Galleria dell’Ariete. Photo: Ugo Mulas.