Exploring the Plurality of Artists’ Practices: Artists as dealers and agents
Royal Academy of Arts
disegno. Artists were involved in negotiating the complex art worlds of their day, cultivating patrons, creating support networks or supplementing their incomes through dealing in art. From the Renaissance, artists often acted for the patrons in both the primary and secondary market, shaping opportunities for other artists than themselves. Indeed, their knowledge and experience as artists was highly valued. In the 18th century individuals such as Giovanni Maria Sasso or Gavin Hamilton operated simultaneously as restorers, dealers, agents or collectors.
The papers in the session thus seek to bridge seemingly disparate areas of artistic practice and explore the activities of artists as commercial agents from the 16th century to the early 20th century. They open discussion on how artists’ shaped taste and collections, acted as dealers, or revised their own practices in response to an increasingly international art market.
Jacques Aved, a Portraitist, Diplomat and Dealer during the Reign of Louis XV
The Role of Artists as Agents and Dealers in Building the Art Collection of Count Saverio Marchese (1757-1833)
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
‘A peculiar accident’: The artist as insurance underwriter
University of Southern California, Los Angeles)
Shaping the Art Market in the 1930s and 40s: Giorgio de Chirico and the self-promotion
Modernist Market Making: The Case of Henri ‘Le Douanier’ Rousseau