Tom Flynn con The A-Z of the International Art Market
In 2014 there were over 300,000 companies involved in the world's art market, employing around 2.8 million people, and applications to undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses are at an all-time high. But the language used by market insiders can be alienating and confusing to those new to the art market. The A-Z of the International Art Market not only clarifies useful terms and definitions, but also represents a significant contribution to the fast-developing processes of transparency and democratisation in the global art business. Written as an alphabetical glossary comprising art market terms and core concepts - both historical and contemporary - the book contains a number of extended introductory essays outlining the development of larger core themes, such as auctions, art fairs and art investment. A long-awaited reference source, the book provides an accessible introduction to the art world's core concepts, as well as a thorough explanation of, and insight into, critical areas that anyone involved in the art market will find useful and enlightening.
Tom Flynn is unusual in being a scholar and academic who is deeply knowledgeable about the operation of the international art market. He provides a comprehensive, wide-ranging and historically well-informed account of the sometimes arcane language which surrounds the art market, including brief descriptions of the leading dealers, galleries, art fairs, websites and tools for understanding the art trade. -- Charles Saumarez Smith * Royal Academy of Arts * Tom Flynn delves into the sometimes opaque language of the art market and comes up with a clear explanation of its terms, often coupled with useful historical perspectives. The introductory essays are a good overview of the market - both yesterday's and today's. -- Georgina Adam * Art market editor-at-large, The Art Newspaper; Art market contributor, The Financial Times * Tom Flynn is the least servile art historian I know and his writing on the art market is characteristic of him--thank heavens. -- Anna Somers Cocks OBE * CEO, The Art Newspaper *
Tom Flynn is Senior Lecturer and Course Director for the Art Appraisal (Professional Practice) course at Kingston University, as well as Course Director for International Art Markets at the American International University in London. He is a visiting lecturer at Christie's, IESA (The Institut dEtudes Supérieures des Arts in Paris) and Italy's Association for Research into Crimes against Art. Tom is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and has featured as an art expert on several BBC tv and radio shows.