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How Politics Governs the Art Market

Wednesday, 22. May 2019

Media Information No. 89/2019

The new issue of the TU Berlin Chair of Modern Art History’s open access Journal for Art Market Studies on the subject of politics is available online

How do political developments influence the art market? How does the market respond to opportunities and restrictions presented to its players, such as tax laws? What role does the art market play in politically supported cultural initiatives? The new issue of the scholarly peer-reviewed open access Journal for Art Market Studies (JAMS) addresses these issues, focusing geographically on the USA, Europe, Russia, and China.

The first JAMS issue of 2019 deals with the various influences politics has on the art market, including the extreme control exercised over market players in national socialist totalitarian regimes, tax incentives for art donations, and museum initiatives where private collectors seek to present themselves in public spaces or where the state seeks to cultivate its image through cultural projects.

“This issue of JAMS shows that the art market is as much influenced by shifting ethical stances within society, such as positions taken on stolen art or human remains, as it is by external legislation. Even if it is not always easy to track direct financial impacts, one thing can be said with certainty: The art market always adapts to the current political landscape at any given time,” says JAMS editor Dr. Susanne Meyer-Abich, who compiles issues of the English-language journal in collaboration with different academics.

This issue was developed with guest editor Dr. Kathryn Brown, who teaches in the art history research group “Museums, Markets, and Critical Heritage” at Loughborough University in the UK. In her introduction, Brown points out that political decisions made within one country impact the art world in general and not just the art market and museum landscape of that country. The contributions to this issue of JAMS demonstrate the close links between political, social, and cultural capital which play a central role in the fabric of the civil society.

The journal is edited by Professor Dr. Bénédicte Savoy, head of the Chair of Modern Art History at TU Berlin and professor at the Collège de France, Paris, in collaboration with Dr. Dorothee Wimmer and Dr. Johannes Nathan.

Contents of the first issue 2019:

  1. Editorial
  2. Kathryn Brown (guest editor, Loughborough University), Introduction
  3. Caroline Flick, Licensing and Relegation. A Totalitarian Trade Regime and Dealers' Tactics
  4. Marina Maximova, Reconstructing the Soviet Canon: Strategies for Collecting under Perestroika
  5. Kathryn Brown, Private Influence, Public Goods, and the Future of Art History
  6. Deirdre Robson, A Law of "Unintended" Consequences? United States Federal Taxation and the Market for Modern Art in the United States
  7. Nicola Foster, The Art Market and Politics: The Case of the Sigg Collection
  8. Ronit Milano, Moralizing the Art Market: A Socioeconomic Perspective on Art Auctions on the Floor and Online

All issues of the journal are available at: https://www.fokum-jams.org  


Further information available from:

Dr. Susanne Meyer-Abich
TU Berlin
Modern Art History
Tel.: 030 314-28922

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