TIAMSA welcomes the establishment of sub-committees as they are a great way of exploring specific themes or providing local access to art market studies! There are many possibilities for activities (gatherings, field trips, lectures, seminars, etc.) and many sensible approaches (regular or irregular gatherings, larger or smaller groups, etc.). The TIAMSA board takes a very liberal approach to sub-committees, so their programming is up to those who run them – provided of course that these activities are in line with the aims of our association. TIAMSA is happy to circulate planned events through its blog.

Below is a list of the sub-committees that have already been proposed or established. We invite you to contact the named individuals if you want to join or get involved (click the names to open an e-mail link). As a rule, Sub-Committees’ events should only be open to TIAMSA members or those who are seriously considering becoming one.

To know more on TIAMSA Sub-Committees, you may also browse our guidelines.


Berlin: Christine Howald, Research Associate | Teaching Fellow “Art Market and Provenance”, Department for Modern Art History, Institute of Art Studies and Historical Urban Studies at TU Berlin and Anne Luther, Research Associate at the Department for Modern Art History, Institute of Art Studies and Historical Urban Studies at TU Berlin.
Statement: TIAMSA Berlin welcomes members who are based in Berlin or nearby. It will organize visits to sites relevant for the study of the art market (galleries, archives, libraries, museums, etc.) and mobilize our members coming from both academia and the art market to meet on a regular basis. It aims to uncover relationships between historical research, contemporary art markets as well as institutions and businesses. Members will introduce their know-how and are invited to host discussion groups, talks, round tables and visits at their sites with a topic of their choice related to their field of expertise. Please let us know if you would like to join the group.​ Herzliche Grüße! Anne and Christine

New York NY: Natasha Degen, Chairperson and Professor, Art Market Studies, School of Graduate Studies, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, NYC; Christel Force, Associate Research Curator Modern and Contemporary, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

TIAMSA France: Charlotte Guichard, Directrice de recherche au CNRS (Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine), Professeure attachée à l’Ecole normale supérieure, département d’Histoire; Bénédicte Miyamoto, Maître de conférences, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3), Paris; Léa Saint-Raymond, Résponsable de BasArt at the Ecole normale supérieure (artlas.ens.fr) / PhD Candidate, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Paris.
Statement: TIAMSA France welcomes members who are based in France and who are engaged in the history of collecting, display, and conservation of art. We will provide a network of information and exchange for French research on the national or international history of the art market and the art institutions. Ideas for future events, conferences or collaborative opportunities should be sent to the steering committee members through the following address: tiamsa.france@gmail.com

Portugal, Spain and Brazil (TIAMSA AMC_PSB): Adelaide Duarte, Executive Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program “Art Market and Collecting”, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa; Marta Perez Ibañez, Profesora de Mercado del Arte, Escuela de Arquitectura, Arte y Diseño, Universidad Nebrija, Madrid; Fernando Loureiro Bastos, Professor of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon; Bruna W. Fetter, Researcher and Independent Curator, PhD (2016) in History, Theory and Art Criticism at the Graduate Program in Visual Arts, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande de Sul, Brasil; Maria Amelia Bulhões, Professor of the Graduate Program in Visual Arts at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil); Nei Vargas, Doctoral Student, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande de Sul, Brasil.
Statement: ART MARKET AND COLLECTING: PORTUGAL, SPAIN AND BRAZIL (TIAMSA AMC_PSB) intends to create a research network that will articulate the work of its members, promote collaboration and data sharing on the art and collecting market in the countries of the Iberian Peninsula and its relations with South America. In a first phase will particularly concentrate on interactions between Portugal, Spain and Brazil. The aim is to form perspectives on these markets and their agents, observe the relationships between their local and the global markets, identify the specifics that characterize them and observe the impact they exert on the art trade worldwide. A profile of those involved and a summary of past and upcoming events is available in this PDF.

Rome: Paolo Serafini, Lecturer in “Economia, gestione e comunicazione dei beni culturali“, Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Storico-Artistici, Università “La Sapienza”, Roma

US West Coast: Agnès Penot-LeJeune, Independent Scholar, Los Angeles CA


TIAMSA Legal: Alicja Jagielska-Burduk,  UNESCO Chair on Cultural Property Law, University of Opole; Philipp Nürnberger, Attorney at Law (New York).
Statement: Markets are regulated, whether by market specific rules that target market participants and their actions directly, or by general rules that affect them indirectly. Market participants act in legal form and within the framework of a given set of legal rules. Obviously, and despite the popular phrase of a last remaining ‘Wild West’ market, the art market is no exception to this. TIAMSA Legal aims at identifying and analyzing the most pressing legal issues evolving around and relevant to the art market, and will feed its findings into the interdisciplinary exchange within TIAMSA and beyond. To this end, TIAMSA Legal will help to foster the exchange between TIAMSA members who are lawyers or have a particular interest in the law, as well as with members of the wider relevant legal community. TIAMSA Legal furthermore intends to establish cooperations with relevant initiatives on a local, national and international level and can contribute to the debate of art market relevant legal issues by taking part in international projects as participants, external experts etc. The subcommittee’s aims can furthermore be pursued by publications and events under the auspices of TIAMSA Legal. TIAMSA Legal welcomes all TIAMSA members interested in the law and the art market.

The London Art MarketHarry Dougall, Courtauld Institute of Art Alumnus; Elizabeth Pergam, Lecturer, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York; Barbara Pezzini, Editor-in-Chief, Visual Resources.
Statement: London has been a principal centre of the art market since at least the seventeenth century and its record-breaking sales still make headlines in the present day. It is a rich and versatile market. Antiques, furniture, sculpture, old master paintings, modern art and works on paper: the secondary market sustains principal sales in all these categories and many more. In addition, a fertile art scene fuels a healthy and lively primary market. Undoubtedly the London art market, both in its current state and historic development, presents an apt theme for investigation by TIAMSA members. We have thus started a thematic sub-committee on the theme of the London art market, to explore the nature of this complex phenomenon in its entirety. This sub-committee is not confined to a specific period, it incorporates both fine and decorative arts, exploring relationships between historical and contemporary London art markets, as well as institutions and businesses. While the focus is on London it welcomes opportunities to situate London’s markets in relation to other regions in the UK or internationally. Through organised visits (including galleries, museums, libraries, archives etc.), informal meetings and study days/seminars it aims to provide an opportunity for members to network/exchange information and encourage research on the London art market. Please contact us if you would like to join the group and news on our first event will be coming soon!

Contemporary Markets: Stephanie Dieckvoss, Lecturer, Culture and Enterprise Programme, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London

Decorative Arts: Barbara Lasic, Lecturer, Department of History of Art and Heritage Studies, University of Buckingham

Gender: Barbara Lasic, Lecturer, Department of History of Art and Heritage Studies, University of Buckingham

Translocations: Diana Kostyrko, Visiting Fellow, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, Australian National University, Canberra and David Challis, University of Melbourne
Statement: A new thematic sub-committee under the rubric of ‘Translocations’ has been formed by Diana Kostyrko of the Australian National University, and David Challis of the University of Melbourne. The focus of this sub-committee is on, but not limited to, the Australian and New Zealand art markets: either regional collectors/collections and galleries, or international collectors, dealers, and auction houses trading in this region’s art and artefacts. Traditionally this region’s collectors and museums looked to Europe, but during the later twentieth century a lively interest developed towards Aboriginal, Pacific Islander, and South-east Asian art. But has the Eurocentric narrative in Australasia gone completely underground (been translocated)? All are welcome to join us in building this TIAMSA chapter as we plan colloquia and gallery visits; and we warmly encourage submissions for future activities which address the theme of Translocations. Our first event is a session at the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand’s (AAANZ) annual conference, 6-8 December 2017 (details on the ‘events’ page). 

If you are interested in running a regional or thematic Sub-Committee please write to our TIAMSA OFFICE