Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

International conference on 'The art market in a global perspective'

28-30 January 2016, University of Amsterdam

The aim of this multidisciplinary international conference is to bring together theoretical perspectives (ranging from sociology, anthropology, art history, economics and geography) that help advance our understanding of how art markets function, while offering high-level qualitative and quantitative empirical contributions to their local and global articulations.

Call for papers

The aim of this multidisciplinary international conference is to bring together theoretical perspectives (ranging from sociology, anthropology, art history, economics and geography) that help advance our understanding of how art markets function, while offering high-level qualitative and quantitative empirical contributions to their local and global articulations. We particularly welcome contributions on emerging art markets in countries such as China, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, India or Brazil.

The conference seeks to delve into the shifting relationship between established and emerging art markets through a series of paper presentation and keynote sessions, as well as panel discussions with expert practitioners from the field (gallerists, collectors, museum directors), drawing on experiences from a variety of geographical contexts.

Conference themes

Art markets and intermediaries

This theme considers the organizational patterns and institutional arrangements that support the commercialization and valorization of contemporary art. Possible sub-themes for papers include:

  • Case studies on the development and functioning of local and national art worlds and scenes
  • Developments and trends in the global art fair circuit
  • Historical and contemporary perspectives on the role key market intermediaries, such as galleries and auction houses
  • The influence of the Internet on organizational and relational practices

Legitimation and valuation in art markets

This theme explores how contemporary art is legitimized and valued and how artists build their careers in a globalizing environment. Possible sub-themes for papers include:

  • Career trajectories in established and emerging markets
  • The nexus between commercial and artistic worth
  • Artistic legitimation and repertoires of evaluation in comparative perspective
  • Identity dynamics and global art

Collecting art: institutional and private practices

This theme looks at public and private art collecting practices. We here welcome contributions on the broadening geographical scope of art museum collections and related policies, as well as on the tastes and motivations of art collectors. Possible sub-themes include:

  • Directions in public collecting between financial and aesthetic priorities
  • Preserving and exhibiting global art of the past and present
  • The rise of private art museums
  • Private collecting and social status

Full paper submission

We kindly request all accepted speakers to submit their full papers by 2 nd January 2016 via the online form below. We intend to circulate all papers amongst the participants before the conference, in view of a fruitful discussion. Please note that while there will be no conference proceedings, we intend to submit a journal Special Issue with a coherent selection of the best papers from the conference.

Co-funding

The conference is supported by the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS): acgs.uva.nl

ACGS

Published by  AISSR

23 November 2015