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Mapping the Geography of the Global Art Market
Unformatted Document Text:  1 American Sociological Association 2009 Annual Meeting, San Francisco Mapping the Geography of the Global Art Market Erica Coslor Department of Sociology University of Chicago ## email not listed ## Xuefei Ren Department of Sociology Michigan State University ## email not listed ## Abstract This paper is the initial step of a larger project on the globalization of the contemporary art market. We begin by focusing on the spatial organization of art, as well as the positions of cities in the global network of art production and consumption. While there is a top tier of global cities that serve as art centers, large international art fairs such as ArtBasel and ArtBasel Miami Beach have created a more mobile art market that intersects with the physical and institutional geography. We have also witnessed a recent proliferation of new art institutions in the once marginal cities in the art world. Based on city location data of major art institutions, art fairs, collectors, publications, auction houses, and galleries, this article offers some preliminary findings on the current geographic organization of the global contemporary art market. Although we find similar tendencies of consolidation of art transactions in New York and London, the art market exemplifies a differentiated structure of geographic organization, with centrality and marginality being redefined. These findings will serve as a starting point for systematic analyses of the inter-city connectivity of global art flows, and can bring new insights to the formation of global city networks. Keywords Art market, art geography, world city network, globalization

Authors: Coslor, Erica. and Ren, Xuefei.
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American Sociological Association 
2009 Annual Meeting, San Francisco 
 
 
 
 
Mapping the Geography of the Global Art Market 
 
 
 
Erica Coslor 
Department of Sociology 
University of Chicago 
## email not listed ##
 
 
 
Xuefei Ren 
Department of Sociology 
Michigan State University 
## email not listed ##
 
 
Abstract 
 
This paper is the initial step of a larger project on the globalization of the contemporary 
art market. We begin by focusing on the spatial organization of art, as well as the 
positions of cities in the global network of art production and consumption. While there 
is a top tier of global cities that serve as art centers, large international art fairs such as 
ArtBasel and ArtBasel Miami Beach have created a more mobile art market that 
intersects with the physical and institutional geography. We have also witnessed a recent 
proliferation of new art institutions in the once marginal cities in the art world. Based on 
city location data of major art institutions, art fairs, collectors, publications, auction 
houses, and galleries, this article offers some preliminary findings on the current 
geographic organization of the global contemporary art market. Although we find similar 
tendencies of consolidation of art transactions in New York and London, the art market 
exemplifies a differentiated structure of geographic organization, with centrality and 
marginality being redefined. These findings will serve as a starting point for systematic 
analyses of the inter-city connectivity of global art flows, and can bring new insights to 
the formation of global city networks. 
 
 
Keywords 
 
Art market, art geography, world city network, globalization 
 
 
 


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