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Christie's Education Conference 2016:
Creating Markets, Collecting Art

London, 14 - 15 July 2016

To commemorate the anniversary of the foundation of Christie’s auction house in 1766 a two-day conference was held at Christie’s King Street, St James's, on the theme of 'Creating Markets, Collecting Art'. Organised by Christie's Education, and celebrating 30 years of the Christie's Education Trust, the conference explored the interrelationship between commerce and collecting. Almost 250 delegates, including more than 50 visiting speakers, came together across 17 sessions at Christie's King Street salesrooms. Sessions explored the notions of taste, connoisseurship and value, and such themes as the pioneers of the global art market and the decoration of the domestic sphere. Befitting a conference at Christie's, sessions also investigated the future of the art market and the social-cultural aspects of auction rooms.

Convenors: Rebecca Lyons, Programme Director, Christie's Education London and Véronique Chagnon-Burke, Academic Director, Christie's Education New York.

Keynote speakers at the Conference were Professor Craig Clunas, University of Oxford and Dr. Inge Reist, Director of the Center for the History of Collecting, The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library.

Christie's Education wish to thank Strutt & Parker for their generous support of Creating Markets, Collecting Art.


Portrait of James Christie (1730-1803), 1778 (oil on canvas),
Gainsborough, Thomas (1727-88) / J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA / Bridgeman Images

Conference Photographs

  • Left to right: Zoe Whitley, Tate Modern; Maria Varnava, Tiwani Contemporary; Hassan Hajjaj, artist.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Welcome to Christie’s King Street.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Diana Bramham, Christie’s, addressing ‘The Rise of the Latin American Art Market’ session.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • The audience in “The Sales-Room as Social Cultural Space”. Included in the front row left to right: Anne Helmreich, Texas Christian University; Christian Huemer, Getty Research Institute; Craig Clunas, University of Oxford, and Giles Waterfield.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Dr. Ronit Milano.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Lisa Skogh, Victoria & Albert Museum.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Anne Nellis Richter (left) and Morna O’Neill (right), Co-convenors of the “Home Subjects: the Art Market and the Domestic Sphere in Britain” session.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Marta Gnyp addressing the “Priceless: the Value of the Invaluable” session.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Questions by Antoinette Friedenthal, Independent Scholar.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Jonathan K. Nelson, Syracuse University in Florence and Harvard Kennedy School speaking during “Priceless: the Value of the Invaluable”.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Left to right, Katrien Dierckx, University of Antwerp; Marta Gnyp; Jan Dirk Baetens, Radboud University Nijmegen during “Priceless: The Value of the Invaluable”.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Gail Feigenbaum, Getty Research Institute.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Christel Hollevoet-Force, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, and Véronique Chagnon-Burke, Christie’s Education.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Sabrina Fogle, Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Craig Clunas, University of Oxford (left), and Cheng Zhang (right).

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Susan Bracken.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • A full saleroom for “Christie's and the Birth of the European Art Market”.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Filip Vermeylen, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Lynda McLeod, Christie’s, addressing the audience during the “Christie’s and the Birth of the European Art Market” session. 

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Francesca Filippini Pinto, Christie’s.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Touria El Glaoui, Founder, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (left) and Zoe Whitley, Tate Modern (right) during the panel discussion “Looking to Africa, Cultural Patronage and Artistic Legacy”.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Susannah Avery-Quash, National Gallery, London (left), Mark Westgarth, University of Leeds (right).

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Julia Armstrong-Totten, Provenance Research, Los Angeles.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Left to right: Christian Huemer, Getty Research Institute; Julian Agnew, Agnew’s Gallery; Inge Reist, Director, The Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Véronique Chagnon-Burke, Christie’s Education.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Conference Co-Convenor, Rebecca Lyons, in discussion.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Véronique Chagnon-Burke, Christie’s Education (left) and Giovanni Gasparini, Christie’s Education (right).

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Barbara Pezzini, Visual Resources and The Burlington Magazine.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • MaryKate Cleary.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Monica Merlin, Christie’s Education.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Richard Zeckhauser, Harvard Kennedy School.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Martin Roth, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Caroline Douglas, Director, The Contemporary Art Society (left), and Brandon Taylor, University of Southampton (right).

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Sam Trounson, Partner, Strutt & Parker.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Olav Velthuis, University of Amsterdam.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

  • Jane Hay, International Managing Director, Christie’s Education.

    Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.

Explore the conference

Panel Discussions

Looking to Africa: Cultural Patronage and Artistic Legacy
Convenor: Koyo Kouoh

The Future of the Art Market
Convenor: Giovanni Gasparini

Collecting for the Nation/Collecting for the Self
Convenor: Prof Brandon Taylor


Sessions

Creating the Market for Old Master Paintings: Innovative dealers active between 1820 and 1920

Convenor:  Dr Susanna Avery-Quash, The National Gallery, London

Pioneers of the Global Art Market: International Dealer Networks from the Mid-Nineteenth through the Mid-Twentieth Century
Convenor: Dr Christel Hollevoet-Force, Associate Research Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Provenance and Due Diligence in a Global Context
Convenor: Dr Christa Roodt, Research Lecturer in Art, Law and Business, University of Glasgow

Collectors of Contemporary Art: Tastemakers or Market Makers
Convenor: Dr Véronique Chagnon-Burke, Academic Director, Christie's Education, New York

The Sales-Room as Social-Cultural Space
Convenor: Prof Anne Helmreich, Texas Christian University

Collectors of Modern Art Prints and Ephemera
Convenors: Prof Ruth E. Iskin, Department of Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Dr Britany Salsbury, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Art Museum, Rhode Island School of Design

Home Subjects: the Art Market and the Domestic Sphere in Britain
Convenors: Dr Morna O’Neill, Wake Forest University and Dr Anne Nellis Richter, American University, Washington D.C.

“Nothing like the real thing!” Connoisseurship; Dead or Alive in the Digital Age?
Convenor: Elizabeth Herridge, Arts and Arts Management Consultant

Christie’s and the birth of the European art market
Convenor: Prof Filip Vermeylen, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Priceless: The Value of the Invaluable
Convenors: Prof Jan Baetens and Dr Helleke van den Braber, Radboud University Nijmegen

Moving Objects: Representations of Chinese Art in Europe
Convenors: Nixi Cura and Dr Monica Merlin, Christie’s Education London

The Rise of the Latin American Art Market
Convenor: Dr Diana Bramham, Specialist, Latin American Art Department, Christie’s, New York

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Christie’s Education provides students with the opportunity to study works first-hand at Christie’s salerooms, as well as in public and private collections where students meet art world professionals including dealers, art advisors, and museum staff. All of the programmes provide a unique insight into the art market, as well as a cultural and art historical framework for object-based learning.


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