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An Introduction to the Art Market A Handbook for Students and Collectors

 An Introduction to the Art Market A Handbook for Students and Collectors

This is a Open Edition Book. 

  • David Bellingham
  • Series : Handbooks in International Art Business
  • An Introduction to the Art Market sets out to become the standard introductory handbook to the art market for art collectors and investors, art dealers, students of art business and art history, and all those with an interest in the international art world.

    As well as providing an updated overview of the international art market, it also forges the important (but currently missing) link between the values of orthodox art history and those of the marketplace. It is therefore enriching for art historians, informative for all those watching the fluctuations of international art markets, and practical as a research guide.

    Although much focus has dwelled recently on the more buoyant sectors of the art market such as Modern and contemporary art, this book provides coverage of a range of art-market sectors - including antiquities, Old Master paintings, furniture and prints - and therefore sets out to stimulate less fashionable markets by employing economic investment strategies based on buying when the prices are low.

  • Contents: Introduction (Current state of the art world; the art media; the growth of fairs and foundations; emerging markets); Chapter One: Art Investment (Building a collection on low, medium and high budgets; selecting art market sectors for interest and/or investment; art as an alternative investment asset; art investment funds); Chapter Two: Art History and the Art Market (Understanding art history in relation to the market; major international public collections as both histories and validators of market value); Chapter Three: How to Read an Auction House (Mailing lists; catalogues; previews; estimates; sales; experts); Chapter Four: How to Read a Commercial Gallery (Pricing strategies; exhibitions; dealer/client relationships; strategies at the private view); Chapter Five: Other Commercial Outlets (art fairs; art foundations; college shows); Chapter Six: Ethical and Legal Issues (Fakes and forgeries; theft; import/export; contract and copyright laws; tax); Chapter Seven: Display, Conservation and Insurance; Chapter Eight: Understanding Different Art-market Sectors (Antiquities/medieval; Old Master paintings; 19th-century paintings and sculpture; Impressionist and modern art; contemporary art; other sectors - furniture, ceramics, jewellery, prints); Chapter Nine: Using Art-market Research Sources (books, online databases, journals, educational programmes); Appendices (international listing of galleries and auction houses; relevant databases); Bibliography; Index

  • About the Author: David Bellingham is Director of the MA in Art Business and a lecturer on the 'Styles in art' course at Sotheby's Institute, London. His previous publications include An Introduction to Greek Mythology (1989) and An Introduction to Celtic Mythology (1990). He contributed a chapter on 'Ethics and the art market' to The Art Business eds I. Robertson and D. Chong (Routledge 2007).

  • Co-publisher: Published in association with Sotheby's Institute.

    • Imprint: Lund Humphries
    • Illustrations: Includes 24 colour and 70 b&w illustrations
    • Published: September 2014
    • Format: 244 x 172 mm
    • Extent: 240 pages
    • Binding: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-1-84822-027-0


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