Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century
This highly readable and timely book explores the transformation of the Modern and contemporary art market in the 21st century from a niche trade to a globalised operation worth an estimated $50 billion a year. Drawing on her personal experience, the author describes in fascinating detail the contributions made by a range of actors and institutions to these recent developments. The book focuses on the development of auction houses into globalised, often cutthroat ‘art business’ firms; the emergence and modi operandi of ‘mega-dealers’ and middlemen; the ‘new frontier’ of selling art on the internet; the radical changes in the profile of art collectors; the phenomenon of the ‘branded’ artist, and the explosion of art fairs. It addresses the negative side to the art market’s expansion, particularly its lack of transparency and light regulation. The author’s engaging style makes this informative text ideal for collectors, students, and anyone interested in learning more about the evolution of the unprecedented market for art which exists today.