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Friday 18 Nov ’16
Nov 18: debate Factors for success in an artist’s career
The primary market for visual art, where a work of art is sold for the first time by the artist or gallery, is characterized by uncertain demand. Moreover, there are no objective criteria for assessing an artwork’s quality, which means that in this market value is extremely difficult to determine.
On the threshold of success in the primary market for contemporary art
But are there signals of future success? Do reviews, awards, gallery contracts, grants, purchases, commissions predict ‒ and simultaneously determine ‒ future success? What is the significance of such signals – individually or different combinatorics – to different kinds of buyers and intermediaries? And why do some artists have considerably more success than others, despite equal training and networking opportunities?
These questions are central to the Factors for success in an artist’s career debate.
Professor Candace Jones, Global Chair of Creative Industries at the University of Edinburgh, presents her research on the effects of gatekeepers on competitive processes in the creative industries. Monika Kackovic, a post-doctoral researcher/lecturer at the University of Amsterdam Business School who will be defending her PhD dissertation on 17 November, will address the extent to which signals such as reviews, awards, or prices may function as hard-to-imitate resources and provide some artists a sustainable competitive advantage compared to their competitors.
These lectures will be followed by a debate on career patterns of visual artists, with an artist, an intermediary, a buyer and a critic. The debate is moderated by Alex de Vries (author, curator, advisor).
The purpose of this debate is to bridge the gap between research and practice and to generate insights that help to better understand the competitive dynamics in the visual art.
The panellists are: Hester Alberdingk Thijm (Director of AkzoNobel Art Foundation), Edo Dijksterhuis (freelance journalist / critic), Adriana Gonzalez Hulshof (director of Amsterdam Art | Weekend) and Nicolas Dings (artist), who will also be interviewed on decisive moments in his career.
Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 15:00 to 17:00 pm
Location: Boekman Foundation
The official language is English.
Applying is necessary due to the limited number of seats.
Debate and lectures are organized by Boekman Foundation and the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Business School.
Photo: Peter de Ronde