Money & Art, Art & Money


How artists are to collectors and cheese is to macaroni, art and money have been together since the beginning. With the times changing, and art now becoming more affordable with a new generation of collectors and curators springing up, we find ourselves asking just what the future holds for this special relationship. Here, two very different publications investigate into the previous world of the art market and discuss what exactly the future may hold.

When Art Meets Money – Encounters at the Art Basel by Stephan Egger, Walther König, Köln

Whilst some may see Art Basel as the playground for the rich and famous, an exclusive members club, thousands of other people see it as a way to dive into the contemporary art scene. A world which is often hard to understand and get into, Art Basel somehow smashes the wall down and invites thrones of art lovers to experience top-class contemporary art together. "When Art meets Money” offers a deeper look into the money-driven-backbone of Art Basel, investigating the change in the relationship between art and money and how the fair has had a critical role in the art market today. Compiled from several years of research, the publication captures the perceived change from the view point of fair goers, artists, collectors, curators, gallerists, art consultants and fair organizers. A must read for any art enthusiast and the good news is that you still have until June to read it!

Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art by Jens Hoffmann,
D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. 

Exploring the history of exhibition-making over the last twenty years, “Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art” looks at the radical shifts in contemporary art and how they shaped the contemporary art world that we live in today. Featuring conversations with vital figures in contemporary art such as Hans Ulrich Obrist, Massimiliano Gioni, Maria Lind, Jessica Morgan, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Adriano Pedrosa, Mary Jane Jacob, the publication not only discusses how the fifty exhibitions influenced today but goes on to talk about the future of contemporary art and exhibition culture. The only downside to the book is that whilst reading about these incredible shows from times gone by, you may find yourself regretting that you did not visit them the first time around.

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