TIAMSA Member News: Meet the four new candidates for the TIAMSA Board!

As promised in last week’s invitation to our Annual General Meeting – to be held in hybrid form on 13 September 2022, 18:00 Berlin time – we send you the statements and brief CVs of the four TIAMSA Members who are new candidates for the TIAMSA Board. Together with six existing Board members (Kim Oosterlinck as Co-Chair, Sharon Dowley, Iain Robertson, Inna Schill, Olav Velthuis and Filip Vermeylen) they will stand for election to the Board at our AGM. 

If there are other TIAMSA members who are interested in joining the Board, please make yourself known by sending us a statement of motivation and a brief CV to office@artmarketstudies.org – we would be happy to hear from you!

With warmest wishes,Johannes, Veronika, Inna, Sharon (your TIAMSA Executive Committee)

Véronique Chagnon-Burke, PhD – Candidate for Co-Chair (veroniqueburke79@gmail.com)

When I was a student at the Ecole du Louvre I had a part-time job as assistant to an auctioneer. While his business practice seemed to come straight out of a Balzac novel, I learnt so much and kept a passion for the auction business that never went away. As a graduate student in New York, focusing on art criticism and 19th-century French and American Art, I wanted to understand the mechanisms behind success and fame more than styles and movements. If we fast forward to 2015 and the conversation that Johannes Nathan, Christian Huemer and I had in my office in New York, I felt that – with the founding of an association like TIAMSA – art market studies would finally become a full-fledged discipline and that students like me, who want to understand the bigger picture and the central place art plays in the history of the world, were finally getting access to resources and, more importantly, to a network of peers and mentors.

At that time I was very sorry not to be able to join the board – but I am delighted to see that under the stewardship of Johannes Nathan, Veronika Korbei and the other members of the Board, the Association has grown strong, with a clear vision. With events such as the annual conference, TIAMSA has been promoting a high level of scholarship, contributing to bring to the field the visibility it deserves. As the chair of two TIAMSA sessions at the College Art Association Annual Conference I have benefited directly from TIAMSA’s support for my research on women art dealers and I understand the importance of having a whole association backing your project.

I would be very happy to become the next co-chair of the association and it would be an honor to work closely with Kim Oosterlinck and the other members of the board. I will engage in upholding TIAMSA’s mission by encouraging knowledge exchange about global art markets through events and programing. I believe that my experience as Director of Christie’s Education will enable me to build on the strong legacy of our first co-chairs. I hope we can develop more ways to support younger scholars interested in the study of art markets. First and foremost, however, TIAMSA seems to me a wonderful networking platform: the connections we have with members in fifteen countries is something very special that we have to continue to nurture in order to reach a truly global understanding of the art markets. Thank you for considering my candidacy and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Brief Bio: After studies at the École du Louvre and the Sorbonne in Paris, Véronique Chagnon-Burke received her MA from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts and her PhD from the City University of New York with a dissertation entitled “The Politicization of Nature: The Critical Reception of Barbizon Painting During the July Monarchy” (2000). She has been Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College NYC (1996-1999), Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Parsons School of Design NYC (1997-2002) and Researcher at MoMA (1999) before becoming Academic Director of Christie’s Education in New York (2002-2021). Véronique has published and lectured widely on the art market of the 19th- and 20th-centuries and is currently working on a book about women art dealers, 1940-1990.

Natasha Degen, PhD, New York (natasha_degen@fitnyc.edu)

Given the interdisciplinary nature of art market studies, TIAMSA plays an especially vital role, building community across countries, institutions, and academic disciplines. The pandemic has put the value of such dialogue into sharp relief, making me particularly excited about the prospect of taking on a more active role in this international exchange.

Brief Bio: Natasha Degen is Professor and Chair of Art Market Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, part of the State University of New York. She has contributed to publications including The New Yorker, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Artforum, and frieze, and serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal for Art Market Studies. She compiled and edited The Market (MIT Press, 2013), an interdisciplinary anthology tracing the art market’s interaction with contemporary practice. Her book Merchants of Style: Art and Fashion After Warhol is forthcoming from Reaktion Books in 2023.

Alicja Jagielska-Burduk, PhD, MBA, Opole (alicja.jagielska@gmail.com)

I joined TIAMSA in 2016 and was involved in TIAMSA events and annual meetings ever since, if possible. I believe TIAMSA provides an essential platform for debate for scholars, practitioners, and policymakers. Bridging different disciplines necessary for art market studies it has become a significant stakeholder (for example, in proposals submitted in EU calls and MOUs for new projects). Since 2017 I have co-chaired TIAMSA Legal together with Philipp A. Nuernberger. I have experience in cooperation with non-governmental organizations, both as legal advisor and in the management of such entities, and would be very happy to bring my knowledge to TIAMSA’s Board.

Brief Bio: Alicja Jagielska-Burduk PhD MBA is UNESCO Chair for Cultural Property Law at the University of Opole and a legal counsellor. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Santander Art and Culture Law Review. She also co-chairs TIAMSA Legal. In 2020 she was selected as an arbitrator for the Arbitrator Pool of the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA) in The Hague. In June 2022 the UNIDROIT Governing Council appointed her as a Correspondent of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) for Poland for three years (June 2022 to May 2025). She was a visiting scholar at the Law School, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Australia and received an UNIDROIT fellowship funded by the UNIDROIT Governing Council Members. Her recent book Cultural Heritage as a Legal Hybrid. Between Public and Private Law was published by Springer in 2022.

Philipp A. Nuernberger, Attorney-at-Law, London – Candidate for Finance Officer (ph.nuernberger@gmail.com)

Coming from a family of women artists, I was always interested in the functioning of art markets and decided to make this a focus of my professional work. When I attended TIAMSA’s first conference in 2017 in London, I realized that I had found the perfect forum to follow my interest in a welcoming, interdisciplinary group of scholars and art market professionals. TIAMSA is for me a prime example for the great potential that lies in interdisciplinary work and the comparatively young but important field of art market studies clearly benefits enormously from the cooperation between different academic disciplines. I have enjoyed working with fellow TIAMSA members on conferences, presentations, a paper and as Co-Chair of TIAMSA Legal – and I would be delighted to continue my work within TIAMSA as a Board member.

Brief Bio: Philipp Nuernberger is a New York qualified attorney based in London and Co-Chair of TIAMSA Legal, the legal group within TIAMSA. Philipp’s interest in art and the art market has led him to work on a range of art related matters such as art and art finance transactions, art market specific compliance matters, copyright issues, and restitution cases. Philipp has studied law in New York, Berlin, Paris and Heidelberg and has worked as an attorney in international law firms and inhouse in New York and London.

To attend this year’s AGM (physically or digitally), please RSVP to inna.schill@artmarketstudies.org no later than September 5, 2022.