Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market

Centre Lunch-Launch 1st December

We are officially launching the new Centre for the Study of the Art & Antiques Market on TUESDAY 1st December at 1200pm-1.00pm in Michael Sadler Building, room LG19.  There will be an opportunity to hear about the development of the Centre and the associated archives, and explore possibilities of ‘conversations’ and collaborations – as well as a free lunch!

Numbers are limited, so please do email m.w.westgarth@leeds.ac.uk to book a place and a lunch (and let us know any dietary preferences etc).

Hope to see you on Tuesday 1st December.

Mark

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Call for Papers – ‘Creating Markets, Collecting Art: Celebrating 250 years of Christie’s’

The commercial art gallery and auction house, arguably the most visible
component of the modern art market, developed ostensibly as a means of
facilitating fiscal transactions, bringing together sellers, buyers,
and objects. But it is impossible, this session argues, to regard these
spaces as purely transactional because they also functioned as spaces
of social-cultural formation and exchange.

Indeed, some of the earliest visual representations of Western European
salesrooms focus on the sociability of these spaces, which were sites
of display for both objects and people. Such images register the
gradual expansion of the art market to serve a broader range of social
classes, but such processes were neither smooth nor uncontested.

Questions concerning the intended audience(s) of the salesroom are
underscored by the history of the built environment of the commercial
art gallery and auction house. The histories of locales and physical
contexts, both exterior and interior, reveal the changing status of
these spaces.

The formation of these spaces and the strategies of display deployed
therein cannot be separated from the objects circulating through these
spaces. What was the dynamic interaction between objects and spaces, as
well as the dynamic interaction between objects and people facilitated
by such spaces?

This structural triad of objects, people, and space was mediated and
activated by speech acts and texts, such as catalogues. These materials
compose the epistemological origins or building blocks of art history.
Therefore, understanding the salesroom as a social-cultural space
shapes our histories of not only the art market but also the discipline
of art history.

This session seeks innovative papers that study the salesroom as a
social-cultural space, establishing arguments on rigorously analyzed
evidence and carefully considered methodological frameworks, eschewing
an anecdotal approach.

The session is part of the symposium “Creating Markets, Collecting Art:
Celebrating 250 years of Christie’s.” It is organized by Christie’s,
London. Paper proposals should be accompanied by a brief biography and
no more than 250 words in length in total (paper abstract and
biography). The abstracts for the session “The Salesroom as
Socio-Cultural Space,”  should be sent to Anne Helmreich:
a.helmreich@tcu.edu (or alhelmreich@gmail.com) and cc.
conference2016@christies.edu.

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The Conversation – Metropolitan Museum NY sell off British Decorative Art

The recent auction sale of British Decorative Art from the Metropolitan Museum, New York at Christie’s (27th October 2015) again draws attention to the relationships between the art market and the museum – see The Conversation

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First of Dealer Archives arriving in Leeds

The first of what we hope are many antique dealer archives arrives in Leeds in early August – the Phillips of Hitchin archives will first be conserved and cleaned before they are catalogued and made available to researchers.

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Antique Dealer Project Conference

Our project conference, ‘Antique Dealers’ The British Antiques Trade in the 20th Century, a cultural geography’ will take place at Temple Newsam House, Leeds, on Thursday 14th & Friday 15th April 2016. Do SAVE the DATE.

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Antique Dealer Project Conference

Date: 14th & 15th April 2016
Location: Temple Newsam House, Leeds.

CfP coming soon.

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Unique project maps the history of the British antiques trade

Originally posted on the Leeds University website

A groundbreaking history of the modern British antiques trade led by the University of Leeds today unveils an online resource that will map out a century of activity in this economically important sector.

Antique Dealers: the British Antiques Trade in the 20th Century, a Cultural Geography, is a 30-month project headed by Dr Mark Westgarth, a lecturer in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at Leeds.

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