Hardback104 PagesSize: 200 × 130 mm
ISBN: 9781848225039Publication: April 01, 2022
Series: Hot Topics in the Art World

'Melanie Gerlis’s book is a pacey, probing and perceptive insight into the evolution of the art fair: it comes at a critical moment, when so much of the art market is being redefined at rapid speed. It’s a great read and a must for anyone involved in the art world.'

Melanie Clore, co-founder of the art advisory Clore Wyndham and former Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe


The Art Fair Story

A Rollercoaster Ride

Melanie Gerlis


Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of April 01, 2022

  • A fascinating assessment of the history, purpose and future of the art fair by a leading art-market commentator

In just half a century of growth, the art fair industry has transformed the art market. Now, for the first time, art market journalist Melanie Gerlis tells the story of art fairs' rapid ascent and reflects on their uncertain future. From the first post-war European art fairs built on the imperial 19th-century model of the International Exhibitions, to the global art fairs of the 21st century and their new online manifestations, it's a tale of many twists and turns.

The book brings to life the people, places and philosophies that enabled art fairs to take root, examines the pivotal market periods when they flourished, and maps where they might go in a much-changed world. 

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