This is the full programme of the conference as well as practical details:
DATES: 20-21 October 2016
PLACE: Salle Vasari, INHA,  2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris
The focus of the conference is to explore the changing and complex nature of the role of agent in the art market during the Modern Period. Papers will explore shifts in the dynamics of the market, the changing taste of collectors and the importance of writers, critics, museum curators and dealers in influencing these changes. The papers demonstrate how examining the role of agents through their correspondence with clients, day books or private records, bring new insights into the workings of the art world through the detailed evidence of how transactions were negotiated.
9.30 Registration
10.00 Welcome
10.10 Dr. Olivier Bonfait, Professor of Art History, University of Bourgogne. (in French: Le marché de l’art À Paris 1700-1800: Recherches passées et pistes d’enquêtes
10.45 Session one: The artist and writer as agents
10.45 Tamsin Foulkes, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Nottingham: James Thornhill as an agent-collector in early eighteenth-century Paris
11:15 Dr. Corina Meyer, Institute of Art History, University of Stuttgart:‘To see once again the glorious picture by Moretto before it is forever lost for Rome’: Johann David Passavant’s (1787-1861) recommendations and selection of paintings
11.45 Dr. Gemma Avinyó Fontanet, Universitat de Lleida. Spain (in French): Marià Manent ou le poète qui est devenu marchand: de Barcelone à New York
12.15 Alice Ensabella, Ph.D. Candidate, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble:
Promoting Themselves. Strategies and dynamics of early Surrealism’s art market.
12.45 lunch (provided for speakers & those who have signed up)
14.00 Session two: The Agent and the Collector
14.00 Dr. Madeleine Fidell Beaufort, independent scholar, Paris: Samuel P. Avery and the emerging American art market of the late nineteenth century
14.30 Dr. Louise Arizzoli, University of Mississippi (in French): Dealing with Allegories of the Four Parts of the World: James Hazen Hyde 1876-1959) and his Network
15.00 Mackenzie Mallon, The Nelson Atkins Museum: Laying the Foundation: Harold Woodbury Parsons and the Making of an American Museum
15.30 Break
16.00 Emanuele Sbardella, Ph.D. Candidate, Technische Universität Berlin: The Numismatic Market under National Socialism, illustrated by the case study of the coin collection of Alexander Hauser
16.30 Jamin An, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Los Angeles: New Art and ‘New Dealing’: Changing Conditions of Artistic Support, 1960s-70s
17.00 Closing remarks
10.00 Session three: Agents and Markets
10.00 Dr. Susanna Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting), National Gallery London: Art Agents and the National Gallery during the Nineteenth Century
10.30 Dr. Tina Kosak, France Stele Institute of Art History, ZRC SAZU Ljubljana: Conquering New Art Markets: International Art Dealers and Local ‘Agents’ in Inner Austria in the Second Half of the 17th Century
11.30 Dr Laura Popoviciu, Curator, Research & Information (Historical), Government Art Collection: Shaping the Taste of British Diplomats in 18th-Century Venice
12.00 Dr. Christine Howald, Technische Universität Berlin: Chinese art goes global: Asian Actors and 19th Century European Art Market
12.30 Lunch (provided for speakers & those who have signed up)
14.00 Session four: The dealer as agent
14.00 Dr. Renata Schellenberg, Mount Allison University, Sackville, Canada: Commerce, Culture and Connoisseurship: The Emergence of the Art Dealer in 18th-Century Germany
14.30 Dr. Frances Suzman Jowell, Independent Scholar: ‘Çe n’est pas ma faute si, dans toutes les collections, les hollandais priment tout’: Thoré-Bürger’s promotion of 17th century Dutch paintings in the Parisian art market of the 1860s
15.00 Pamella Guerdat, PhD. candidate, Institute for Art History & Museology Université de Neuchâtel (in French): René Gimpel (1881-1945) et le modèle du musée américain : De la théorie au don
15.30 Camille Mesdagh, PhD. candidate, Sorbonne, Paris IV: (in French): Alfred Beurdeley (1808-1882), a dealer in curiosities and his network / Le réseau commercial d’un marchand de curiosités : l’example d’Alfred Beurdeley (1808-1882)
16.00 Tea
16.45 Keynote speech: Dr. Julie Verlaine, Paris IV (in French): Du marchand d’art au galeriste : l’itinéraire de Daniel Templon et 50 ans évolution du marché de l’art
17.30 Closing remarks
The conference is organised by A. Turpin & Dr. Susan Bracken, Seminar on Collecting & Display London and Dr. Stéphane Castelluccio and Dr. Mickaël Szanto, Centre André Chastel, CNRS – Université Paris SorbonneWe would like to thank the INHA for hosting the event & IESA for its sponsorship
The conference is free but please register by sending an e-mail: to if you want to join us for the lunches (20 € per day) as you must book in advance.

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