Studies of the contemporary art market have accelerated considerably in the 20th century, and this Special Issue seeks to collect recent developments in the field of Art Market Studies, seeking interdisciplinary approaches to the contemporary art market, from art history/criticism, economics, anthropology, sociology, urban studies and cultural studies. For this issue, there is a particular interest in the expansion of the art market globally, new approaches to the art market emerging in locations in the Global South, as well as market alternatives that have emerged and been propelled by artists around the globe.
Guest editor: Dr. John Zarobell
When setting out to organize this Special Issue of Arts, I began with the goal to survey the emerging field of art market studies but also to expand the notion of the market to include alternatives, such as art collectives and festivals, that challenge the dominance of the market as the pre-eminent arbiter of cultural value. The papers that are collected in this issue provide a kaleidoscopic view of the art market today and way it manifests transnational culture, society and politics. As artists have devised ways of transgressing boundaries to generate the most engaging work, scholars aiming to account for the market for and exhibitions of their work are expanding their purview when it comes to decoding and generating meaning from today’s contemporary art sphere.