Art market research [electronic resource] : a guide to methods and sources / Tom McNulty.

by McNulty, Tom, 1955-; ProQuest (Firm) [supplier.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland and Company, Incorporated, Publishers, 2014.Edition: Second edition.Description: 1 online resource (333 pages).ISBN: 9781476613970.Subject(s): Art literatureLooking glass | Art -- Collectors and collectingLooking glass | Art -- Economic aspectsLooking glass | Electronic booksLooking glassNote: Includes index.Alternative form: Print version: McNulty, Tom, 1955- Art market research : a guide to methods and sources. 9780786466719 2013037864Online access: Read this e-Book from ProQuest
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This book is for art market researchers at all levels. A brief overview of the global art market and its major stakeholders precedes an analysis of the various sales venues (auction, commercial gallery, etc.). Library research skills are reviewed, and advanced methods are explored in a chapter devoted to basic market research. Because the monetary value of artwork cannot be established without reference to the aesthetic qualities and art historical significance of our subject works, two substantial chapters detail the processes involved in researching and documenting the fine and decorative arts, respectively, and provide annotated bibliographies. Methods for assigning values for art objects are explored, and sources of price data, both in print and online, are identified and described in detail. In recent years, art historical scholarship increasingly has addressed issues related to the history of art and its markets: a chapter on resources for the historian of the art market offers a wide range of sources. Finally, provenance and art law are discussed, with particular reference to their relevance to dealers, collectors, artists and other art market stakeholders.

Includes index.

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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.

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This second edition (1st ed., CH, Apr'07, 44-4196) by McNulty (NYU's Bobst Library) features an updated overview of trends and advances within the art market. An art librarian with extensive experience offering reference services to both art professionals and students, McNulty has codified a comprehensive index for art market researchers, providing new resources and insights into technological and global changes that affect the art world. He discusses the general "big picture" world of the art market, including recent global expansion of new art markets like BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China). A list of marketing resources for artists, dealers, auctioneers, and collectors rounds out the first part of the book. McNulty then discusses in detail the processes of buying and selling art and the often complicated task of assigning value. Of note are sections that discuss authentication and aesthetic considerations. He also details basic methods and sources for researching fine and decorative arts, comparing new and old methodologies.In the last chapters, McNulty addresses market research history, provenance, and art law research. This book moves from general to particular, with resources listed locally and internationally. Informative strategies for researching a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, ceramics, glass, furniture, and textiles are included, along with sources for accessing artist signatures, artists, and exhibitions. Overall, the text's fluid style is accessible to novices and experts. Of special mention is a new appendix for online art apps, keeping this resource up-to-date and fresh. This second edition builds intelligently upon the first, and continues to offer a plethora of concise, useful information for art collectors, scholars, graduate students, librarians, and art professionals. Summing Up: Recommended. Museum professionals/practitioners; upper-level graduate students. J. Jocson-Singh Columbia University

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Tom McNulty is the librarian for Fine Arts at New York University's Bobst Library. He is also an adjunct professor of art market research at Sotheby's Institute, New York.