The co-op bookstore for avid readers
Book Cover for: The Social World of Galleries: Contemporary Art, the Market and Internationalization, Alain Quemin

The Social World of Galleries: Contemporary Art, the Market and Internationalization

Alain Quemin

This book presents the first detailed study of the place of contemporary art galleries and gallerists, especially within the art markets of Europe and the United States. Based on the author's field research carried out for over a decade, and combining ethnographic material with quantitative data, the book reveals the major role galleries play in the creation of art value.

Despite being pillars of the art market, there has been very little in-depth research on galleries, especially when compared with the analysis of artists, critics, and dealers. Written by a sociologist who has spent a decade as an art critic, the book builds on work conducted by art historian and sociologist Raymonde Moulin from the 1960s to the 1990s. Drawing on ethnographic observations and interviews with those working in the field today, it provides a thorough and up-to-date analysis of what contemporary art galleries really are: the spaces they occupy both physically and online; their position within gallery 'districts'; their relation to art fairs and biennials; and how friendship with clients is built and trends within the business, in turn illuminating the hierarchized structure of the sector. The book concludes by addressing a significant gap in data on the art market by providing a sociological ranking of international contemporary art galleries.

Offering a detailed analysis to a topic that has never been fully studied, The Social World of Galleries is essential reading for scholars and students of art sociology, art history and art business, as well as gallerists, collectors or art lovers, and artists themselves.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
  • Publish Date: Nov 14th, 2024
  • Pages: 480
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9781350370920
  • Categories: Museum StudiesBusiness AspectsMuseum Administration and Museology

About the Author

Brown, Kathryn: - Kathryn Brown is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Loughborough University, UK. Her books include Women Readers in French Painting 1870-1890 (2012), Matisse's Poets: Critical Performance in the Artist's Book (Bloomsbury, 2017) and Henri Matisse (2021). She is the series editor of Contextualizing Art Markets (Bloomsbury).

Praise for this book

"A perfect introduction to what goes on behind the scenes in the art market ... A major contribution to the sociology of art and more generally to the study of contemporary art." --Questions de communication (Bloomsbury Translation)

Reading Lists – The Arts