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About Bloomsbury Art Markets

Protagonists. Networks. Provenances.

A landmark digital reference work exclusive to Bloomsbury Digital Resources, Bloomsbury Art Markets is a comprehensive guide to art galleries, auction houses, art fairs, and agents from multiple national and historical contexts.

The first scholarly guide of its kind online, this new digital resource is specially designed to serve the expanding research areas of art market studies, art historiography and provenance research.

Led by Editor-in-Chief Johannes Nathan and supported by a distinguished internal team of editors and advisors, Bloomsbury Art Markets is an essential resource for scholars and researchers, as well as art world professionals.

Content Highlights

  • Launching with over 2200 peer-reviewed articles that combine factual data with biographical information and historical narratives, Bloomsbury Art Markets will grow to a resource of over 4000 articles
  • Entries cover Europe and North America from 1900 to the present, and outline principal activities by listing exhibitions, clients, regular partners, and major artists whose works were sold
  • Selected bibliographies facilitate further research, as well as information on archival material and its whereabouts

Research and Teaching Applications

  • Enhance research by discovering key players in the art market and exploring expert information on artists, exhibitions, and the economic involvement of relevant institutions.
  • Trace auction activity for schools, movements, and styles of art since 1900. Delve in to entries on principle art dealers and the history of holding and exhibiting artwork, while also building a geographic understanding of their commercial interest.
  • Compile a snapshot in time of evolving trends in a specific art market, with the ability to search by Period and Location.
  • Harness detailed narratives about individual galleries and their holdings, as well as further information about archive material.
  • Print, cite, save and share relevant course content for teaching or independent research using the resource's personalisation features.
5 Ways to Enhance Object and Provenance Research
with Bloomsbury Art Markets

  • Establish the history and authenticity of artworks.
    Use Bloomsbury Art Markets to check on the dealers, galleries and auction houses who handled the artwork you are researching. Conduct due diligence by forming a better understanding of the characteristics of the individual or firm that has been in contact about a particular object.
  • Follow countless signposts provided by Bloomsbury Art Markets to direct your provenance research.
    Did a gallery work regularly with particular artists or collectors? What are the primary and secondary sources? Is there an archive where one might turn with specific questions about an artwork?
  • Enhance the narrative of an artwork’s provenance.
    An interesting provenance can significantly impact the value of an artwork. A fascinating and prestigious ownership history is likely to attract more interest at auction for its historical significance and association with notable galleries, collectors or institutions. The information provided by Bloomsbury Art Markets will give you numerous leads to deepen your research in this domain.
  • Manage risk.
    Use Bloomsbury Art Markets to address any concerns before an upcoming sale to minimize the risk of any potential or unforeseen impact to your auction house's reputation.
  • Accelerate and enhance the delivery of information to consignors.
    Bloomsbury Art Markets helps you to provide consigners with in-depth advice rapidly, regarding the history of the work they consider selling with you, and to assess with them the need for further, in-depth research.