The Art Market Past and Present: Lessons for the Future?

A two-day conference on relations between the art market in history and the art market today, organized by Sotheby's Institute of Art – London and The Burlington Magazine, to be held at Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London on Friday 31 October and Saturday 1 November 2014.

Registration is now open – please see details at the bottom of this page. CONFERENCE NOW SOLD OUT!


Friday 31st October:

Networks and Agents
Day chaired by: Barbara Pezzini, The Burlington Magazine

Session 1: Networks and Globalization

Respondent: Anna Dempster

Hans J. Van Miegroet – Global Trade Networks, Art Export and the Emergence of New Markets for Mass-Produced Imagery in the Americas
Christel H. Force – Evolution of the Market for Blue-and-Rose-Period Picassos before World War II
Georgina Bexon – Indian Contemporary Art: the Effects of Globalization in an Evolving Art Market

Session 2: The Market, Connoisseurship and the Academy

Respondent: Susanna Avery-Quash

Antoinette Friedenthal – John Smith, his Rembrandt Catalogue Raisonné and the Value of Provenance
Lynn Catterson – Stefano Bardini and the Art of Dealing Art
Laetitia Masson – The Old Master Drawings’ Market, Past, Present and Future: What to Expect from a Specialized Market Today
Jeremy Howard – Duveen versus Colnaghi and Knoedler: the Case of the ‘overpainted’ Holbein

Session 3: Collectors

Respondent: Nicola Pickering

Sebastian de Vivo – Display of Art/Display of Self: Pierre Crozat and the Transformation of Magnificence
Heike Zech – The Thrill of the Chase: Sir Arthur Gilbert (1913–2001) as Collector
Chris Ingram – The Ingram Collection: the Journey of a 21st Century Collector

Session 4: Dealers

Respondent: John Martin

Claartje Rasterhoff and Filip Vermeylen – Mediators of Trade and Taste: Early Modern Dealers and the European Art Market
Titia Hulst – Leo Castelli’s Innovation: Creating Value in the Primary Market for Avant-garde Art
Agnès Penot – Becoming a Branded Dealer in the 19th Century: the Example of La Maison Goupil

Saturday 1st November:

Strategies of Sales and Display
Day chaired by: Jonathan Woolfson, Sotheby’s Institute of Art - London

Session 1: Market Strategies

Respondent: Jeffrey Boloten

Michelle O’Malley – Botticelli and Market Strategies in Late Fifteenth-Century Florence
Maria Elena Versari – Selling the Avant-Garde: Italian Futurism in the Art Market
Frances Fowle – Marketing Impressionism: Paul Rosenberg’s 1922 Exhibition
Patrizia Thuy Vi Koenig – Fabricating Value: the Limited Edition of Photography in Past and Present

Session 2: Museums and Exhibitions

Respondent: Amy Mechowski

Leanne Zalewski – ‘Choice Imported Pictures’: European Art in New York Auctions, Private Galleries and Museums in the 1880s
Joanna Smalcerz – Wilhelm von Bode and his Networks of Contacts in the Art Market for Old Masters Sculpture in Europe around 1900
Johannes Nathan – The First ‘Documenta’: a Selling Exhibition?

Session 3: Auction Houses

Respondent: Tom Christopherson

Elizabeth Pergam – Selling Pictures: the Value of Auction Catalogue Illustrations
Lukas Fuchsgruber – The Creation of the Hôtel Drouot Auction House in 1852: a New Space for the Discourse of Art and Value

Registration Information

Conference fees: £80 for both days, £40 for one day. Students: £40 for both days, £20 for one day. STUDENT TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT

Fee includes buffet lunch on each day and a reception for all participants on the evening of Friday 31st October


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