The spectacle of the contemporary art market has assumed a prominent place in the collective consciousness, with the New York Times and other general interest publications regularly reporting on noteworthy auctions and acquisitions. Unsurprisingly, courses and programs focusing on this area of study are likewise expanding. These two new books are designed for classroom use, each providing unique tools and resources for instructor and student alike. Titia Hulst’s book is the first such sourcebook with a historical perspective, and John Zarobell has created an accessible primer that sheds light on the complex workings of the international art market in our global twenty first century.

A History of the Western Art Market: A Sourcebook of Writings on Artists, Dealers, and Markets By Titia Hulst

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“This is an important anthology and one that will allow great flexibility and breadth in how it can be used in classrooms. It will also be a very useful introduction to the field for scholars who would like to understand the market as an aid to their own research.”—Pamela Fletcher, Professor of Art History, Bowdoin College

This is the first sourcebook to trace the emergence and evolution of art markets in the Western economy, framing them within the larger narrative of the ascendancy of capitalist markets. Selected writings from across academic disciplines present compelling evidence of art’s inherent commercial dimension and show how artists, dealers, and collectors have interacted over time. This volume’s unique historical perspective makes it appropriate for use in college courses and postgraduate and professional programs, as well as for professionals working in art-related environments such as museums, galleries, and auction houses.

  • this is the first textbook for students of art markets, designed to eliminate the need for instructors to cobble art market readings together from journal articles and other sources
  • the first book to employ an interdisciplinary perspective, with writings by art historians, artists, economists, philosophers, anthropologists, sociologists, lawyers, and others
  • incorporates both theoretical writings and case studies within each chapter

Titia Hulst is a modern and contemporary art historian. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts and an MBA from New York University. In addition, she teaches art history at Purchase College in New York.

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Art and the Global Economy By John Zarobell

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“The ideal book for my class and for any artist interested in understanding the complex relationship between the creative mind and the challenging materialistic context in which it exists.”—Enrique Chagoya, Artist and Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University

Art and the Global Economy analyzes major changes in the global art world that have emerged in the last twenty years. John Zarobell explores the economic and social transformations in the cultural sphere, the results of greater access to information about art, exhibitions, and markets around the world, as well as the increasing interpenetration of formerly distinct geographical domains. By considering a variety of locations—both long-standing art capitals and up-and-coming centers of the future—this book facilitates a deeper understanding of how globalization affects the domain of the visual arts in the twenty-first century.

  • provides a broader picture of arts institutions and exhibition mechanisms, as well as the market, in order to provide a more complete and integrated image of how the art world has transformed in the past generation
  • complementing the primary narrative are engaging profiles of emerging international art centers by guest authors who have worked/participated in the markets in question
  • color insert features compelling data visualizations presenting key data about exhibitions, art fairs, and auctions share worldwide

John Zarobell is Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of San Francisco. He has held curatorial positions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A regular contributor to the web-based journal Art Practical, he has written for numerous exhibition catalogues and has curated exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. He is the author of Empire of Landscape: Space and Ideology in French Colonial Algeria.

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