External Shocks in the Art Markets: How did the Portuguese, the Spanish and the Brazilian Art Markets react to COVID-19 Global Pandemic? Data Analysis and Strategies to Overcome the Crisis

Adelaide Duarte, Ana Leticia Fialho, Marta Pérez-Ibáñez

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Abstract

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, and the restrictions imposed by the social distance and the enforced confinement, are having an impact on the art markets globally. The aim of this article is to evaluate the impact of an external shock in the primary art market, using three countries as a case study: Portugal, Spain, and Brazil. These geographies have in common being at the margins in the art market’s main art hubs. It is intended to analyze how agents are responding to the new context, according to the data gathered within the gallery sector. The methods applied in the research are a combination of surveys carried out by the authors, field-based observation, along with an academic literature review, complemented by international and national reports analysis. The study’s main findings allow us to characterize the art market as a very resilient sector that energetically responded to the crisis, able to adapt and overcome challenges imposed by the new pandemic situation. Contemporary art galleries expanded digital activities, kept participating in art fairs hybrid models, continued to focus on internationalization, and pointed to the strengthening of public policies towards the sector and partnerships as key strategies to overcome the crisis
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-30
Number of pages30
JournalArts
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2021

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