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Selling the Traditional and the Modern in Chinese Art

This talk will take a long view in considering the market for Chinese art from the Ming period to the 20th century. Do the changes matter more, or is it the continuities we should be paying attention to? In particular, how does the invention of the categories 'traditional and 'modern' in the 20th century relate to the commodities of the art market and the contexts in which they circulate?

Craig Clunas is Professor of the History of Art, University of Oxford, and the first holder of this chair to work on art from outwith the European tradition. He is the author of numerous books on the art of China, particularly of the Ming period, and his 2012 Mellon lectures are forthcoming under the title 'Chinese Painting and its Audiences'.

Acts to Follow: Three Centuries of Tastemakers and Collectors

This paper focuses on the role tastemakers such as Pierre-Jean Mariette, Jean-Pierre LeBrun, Michael Bryan, Baron Vivant Denon, Samuel Avery, Bernard Berenson, Wilhelm Bode, Joseph Duveen, and Leo Castelli have played in effecting sea-changes in patterns of art collecting from the late eighteenth century to our own time. Although their engagement to greater or lesser degrees with the market for art is common to all, the paper will emphasize how they influenced the formation of important collections through their promotion of certain artists’ work or styles over others.

Inge Reist has been on the staff of the Frick Collection for thirty five years, first as a pre-doctoral curatorial fellow, later as Chief of Research Collections and Programs, and, since 2007, as Director of the Center for the History of Collecting. She received her PhD. from Columbia University, focusing primarily on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and continues to publish in that field, as well as on topics related to the history of collecting.

Course dates

14 - 15 July 2016

9.30am - 5.30pm

Christie's King Street

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