The National Gallery, in association with the University of Manchester, presents a two-day international conference on the interactions between art dealers and museums (1-2 April 2016 – London, National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing, Lecture Theatre)
An array of experienced professionals, established scholars, and emerging researchers explore the complex, complementary and conflicting associations between art dealers and museums.
The conference has its origins in the acquisition of the Thos. Agnew & Sons archive by the National Gallery. Although focused on the London and British art market in the late 19th century, papers are spread across a range of geographical areas and extend to the present time, establishing connections and contrasts between places and periods.
‘Negotiating art’ raises many fundamental topics, such as the relationship between consumption and culture; the creation, separation, and ethical remits of professional specialisms; the nature and role of art institutions; and the multifaceted roles of art collecting. Papers examine these topical questions by examining historical case studies as well as presenting broader analytical investigations, and are complemented by structured discussions and informal networking sessions.
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Supported by Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd. and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.