August 20, 2014

“Global Contexts of the Contemporary Latin American Art Market”

University of Zurich
Photo: Tristan Weddigen, University of Zurich.

The conference “Global Contexts of the Contemporary Latin American Art Market” aims to explore and question the booming Latin American art scene in the context of accelerating internationalization of the art market. As a trade system, the art market is by definition one of the major platforms of globalization and cultural exchange. However, national and ethnic identity discourses persist in this context, and the tools provided by global art history are being developed and improved as to apprehend this phenomenon. The conference seeks to bring together specialists from different continents and fields of expertise.

It is co-organized by the University of Zurich and the Federal University of São Paulo. It takes place parallel to the opening of the Bienal de São Paulo and a field study trip of the UZH Art Market Studies program.

The conference is open to the public and will be simultaneously translated (English/Portuguese).

The conference is supported by the Getty Foundation as part of the Connecting Art Histories initiative, the Itaú Cultural Institute and Swissnex.


Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Nicolas Galley (Art Market Studies, University of Zurich)

Introduction by Dr. Tristan Weddigen (professor, University of Zurich)

“The Superstars of Contemporary Art: Globalization, Institutional Visibility and Economic Success on the Market”
Dr. Alain Quemin (professor, University of Paris 8)

“Placing Latin America on the Contemporary Art World Map: Expanding Art Markets and its Impact on Writing New Art Histories”
Dr. Ana Leticia Fialho (Latitude—Platform for Brazilian Galleries Abroad)

Coffee break

Introduction by Dr. Jens Baumgarten (professor, UNIFESP)

“Is the Gender a Question? Women Artists and Artistic Recognition in Twentieth-Century Brazil”
Dr. Ana Paula C. Simioni (USP)


“Contemporary Art from Brazil and Some Hegemonic Ideas About Brazilian Art: Facts and Myths”
Angélica de Moraes (Independent curator and art critic)

Introduction by Prof. Dr. Leticia Squeff (UNIFESP)

“Bienal de São Paulo Now and Then: Collections and the Making of a Gaze to Contemporary Art”
Dr. Ana Magalhães (professor, MAC USP)

Coffee break

Panel discussion: “Galleries and Art Fairs as Agents of Globalization”
Speakers: Pedro Barbosa (collector), Fernanda Feitosa (SP-Arte, Founder & Director), Monica Novaes Esmanhotto (Latitude, Executive Manager), Michèle Sandoz (Art Basel, Head of VIP & Visitor Services)
Moderators: Dr. Nicolas Galley & Décio Hernandez Di Giorgi

Concluding remarks by Dr. Nicolas Galley


Contact information
Dr. Nicolas Galley
Director of Studies
Executive Master in Art Market Studies
Raemistrasse 73
CH-8006 Zurich

[email protected]
T +41 44 634 51 73



University of Zurich Art Market Studies hosts a conference in São Paulo: “Global Contexts of the Contemporary Latin American Art Market”

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