How Mid-Market Galleries are Shaking Up the Art World

Many have taken advantage of the fact that art has performed historically well across market sectors, even in times of economic turmoil. After the 2008 and 2010 market crashes, some gallery doors closed, while other doors opened to serve the global collector base that were still interested in investing in art. A recent article on Artnet focused on a mid-market gallery founded by Cristin Tierney, and how she harnessed her knowledge of the public and private market to attract high-profile clientele and represent unique artists.

Art and financial expertise in both the primary and secondary markets are imperative to making smart investment decisions. According to the article, both markets "together comprise the twin halves of the art economy" and investments that adhere to both aspects of the market ensure that an investor is not only buying the right work, but selling the investment at the right time to yield a return. Dealers, like Cristin Tierney, use financial and art world expertise to protect the artists they represent, while informing and educating collectors who may not have experience acquiring artwork. This strategic knowledge supports the market by ensuring that artist's work has long term staying power and that the work has investability for collectors. The work done by dealers is important to the investment value of work, and a significant aspect of why the industry has performed historically well across market sectors.


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