Art Markets in Grove
A view of the Grand Palais in Paris before an auction by Christie’s, Feb. 23, 2009
Grove Art Online is pleased to announce an update on the topic of Art Markets, Law, and Economics. The expansion of this subject area was motivated by a steadily growing interest, over recent years, in art as an investment vehicle, innovations in art-related services, and widening scholarly inquiries into the history of art markets. The entries mostly deal with technical terms related to sales transactions, biographies of dealers or collectors, and historical abstracts about institutions, especially auction houses.
This project includes major new subject entries on Art Indices, E-Commerce, Art Advisors, Attributions, Auction House Specialists, Cultural Capital, Globalization of the Art Market, and the Markets for African and Oceanic art, along with major revisions dealing with Investments, Collecting, and the definition of the Art Market itself. Several major auction houses and their histories now found their place in Grove Art Online: Bonhams, Dorotheum, and Phillips de Pury; the information on Christie’s was thoroughly updated. Attention was also given to those who either pioneered art markets past and present, or who pointed to new directions in the study of the economic dimension of art. New and revised biographical entries on art world figures like Jeffrey Deitch, Larry Gagosian, Edmé-François Gersaint, Walter Hopps, Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Le Brun, Tony Shafrazi, Norton Simon, Michael Montias, the Wildensteins, and the Guggenheims, thus complete the overview.
I would like to thank all contributors who brought their expertise to this project for their time and dedication. Furthermore, I would like to express my gratitude to Alodie Larson, Editor of Grove Art/Oxford Art Online, for her untiring help and support in making the entries an intellectually engaging and exciting read for anyone interested in the latest trends in art market scholarship.
Darius A. Spieth
Professor of Art History, Louisiana State University
Friederike von Bruhl
Molly K. Dorkin
Joseph R. Givens
Roberta A. Kwall
A. Deirdre Robson