Contextualizing Art Markets: Bloomsbury Academic

I am the series editor of Contextualizing Art Markets for Bloomsbury Academic. This series presents new, original research that reconceives the scope and function of art markets throughout history by examining them in the context of broader institutional practices, knowledge networks, social structures, collecting activities, and creative strategies. In many cases, art market activities have been studied in isolation from broader themes within art history, a trend that has tended to stifle exchange across disciplinary boundaries. Contextualizing Art Markets seeks to foster increased dialogue between art historians, artists, curators, economists, gallerists, and other market professionals by contextualizing art markets around the world within wider art historical discourses and institutional practices.

Discover recent publications in the series on Bloomsbury’s webpage.

Editorial Board:
Véronique Chagnon-Burke, Christie’s Education, USA
Christel H. Force, Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA
Charlotte Galloway, Australian National University, Australia
Mel Jordan, Royal College of Art, UK
Alain Quemin, Université Paris-8, France
Mark Westgarth, University of Leeds, UK

Please contact me at k.j.brown[@]lboro.ac.uk if you are interested in submitting a book proposal for the series.

My recent publications and presentations on art market themes include:

‘Modernist Market Making: The Case of Henri ‘Le Douanier’ Rousseau’, Association for Art History, Newcastle, UK, 2020.

Member of Scientific Committee: The Art Market and the Museum, The International Art Market Studies Association, Edinburgh 2020.

Special Issue: Journal for Art Market Studies: Politics. Vol 3, no. 1, 2019.

“Private Influence, Public Goods and the Future of Art History”, Journal for Art Market Studies. Vol. 3, no. 1, 2019.

‘Making History: Museums and Markets in a Globalized Art World’, Art Talks, Abu Dhabi Art Fair, 2018.

Session Convenor: “Mapping Female Associational Life in the Visual Arts”, Christie’s, New York, “Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts“, June, 2018.

Public v Private Art Collections: Who Owns our Cultural Heritage, The Conversation, August 11 2017

‘The Privatization of Public Museum Culture and the Future of Art History’, presentation at The Global Power of Private Museums: Arts and Publics – States and Markets, Berlin, November 16–18, 2017.

Patrimony and Patronage: Collecting and Exhibiting Contemporary Art in France’, presentation at  Collecting and Public Display: Art Markets and Museums, University of Leeds, 30–31 March, 2017.

‘Collecting, Consuming, and Creating: Debunking Myths of Taste Making in the Contemporary Artworld’, Christie’s, London, July, 2016.

‘The Art Market as a Knowledge Economy’, Conference on ‘Art Market Studies: Art History’s Salvation or Doom’, Christie’s, New York, April, 2015.

Christie’s, “Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts”. Photograph by Dave Proctor.