TIAMSA is pleased to announce its seventh book discussion – Foreign Currency Volatility and the Market for French Modernist Art. Dr David Challis will present his book, followed by a discussion with Christel Force (MET Museum) and Christopher Marshall (The University of Melbourne).
As usual, the event will be moderated by Kim Oosterlinck (Université libre de Bruxelles). All attendants will be invited to join the discussion!
Please RSVP to email@example.com.
About the book
Foreign Currency Volatility and the Market for French Modernist Art examines how the collapse of the French franc in the decades following the First World War activated powerful ‘push’ and ‘pull’ economic forces that compelled French art collectors to monetise their collections while simultaneously elevating the purchasing power of international art collectors. These factors are shown to have played a significant, and previously under-recognised role, in the large-scale translocation of French modernist art that radically accelerated its commercial and critical reception across the globe and positioned it at the apex of the newly established hierarchy of modern art.
About the author
Dr David Challis is a postdoctoral researcher and sessional teacher in the Art History program at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include exploring the historical underpinnings of the global art market in addition to researching issues relating to the structure, operation and future developments of the contemporary art market in Australia and across the globe. His first monograph, titled ‘Foreign Currency Volatility and the Market for French Modernist Art’ was published by Brill in 2021. His research distinctions include the 2020 Paul Mellon Centre Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Paul Mellon Centre for studies in British Art. David returned to full time study at the University of Melbourne in 2013 after a successful twenty-five-year career in the Financial Markets Industry based in Australia and London.
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