The publication of a Special Issue on the Contemporary Art Market in the journal Arts, featuring sixteen articles—many written by TIAMSA members—and an interview with Yves Bouvier is now published. When setting out to organize this Special Issue of Arts, the goal was 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. The complexity that emerges from the issues raised in these papers, and their overlapping considerations, provides a more diverse and complete image of the contemporary art market today than any single author could ever produce. The Special Issue can be found here: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/arts/special_issues/contemporary_art_market