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
About the lot
Photograph by Charlotte Medlicott.
Dr. Ronit Milano.
Questions by Antoinette Friedenthal, Independent Scholar.
Francesca Filippini Pinto, Christie’s.
Monica Merlin, Christie’s Education.
Richard Zeckhauser, Harvard Kennedy School.
Martin Roth, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Sam Trounson, Partner, Strutt & Parker.
Olav Velthuis, University of Amsterdam.
Jane Hay, International Managing Director, Christie’s Education.
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
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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Where art history meets the art market
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.
Christie’s 250th Anniversary
2016 marks Christie’s 250th anniversary, and this historic year will be celebrated with a series of events and exhibitions. As the world’s leading art business, Christie’s has long been acknowledged as a tastemaker, continually innovating its auction calendar and curating sales to foster new collecting trends and perspectives on the art market.
Christie's Education wish to thank Strutt & Parker for their generous support of Creating Markets, Collecting Art. Strutt & Parker is one of the largest and most successful independent property partnerships in the UK with a network of offices throughout England and Scotland. Established in 1885, the business provides professional support on all matters relating to land and property - whether offices or farms, country houses or international real estate. To see what else the business has to offer, visit their website by clicking on the logo below.
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