The Whitney Museum of American Art on Madison Avenue, New York City, which opened in 1966. Photo by Arthur SwogerArchive Photos/Getty Images.
Major art market shifts come quietly and unexpectedly
Gaming the expected returns for living artists can be a fool’s errand
Beware of art market indices
The infrastructure of the art market is tenuous and dynamic
Identifying the important artists of our time has become more difficult post-1973
The “Biennial Bump” can be very real in the near-term
Returns are driven by influence
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¹ U.S. Trust calculations based on S&P Dow Jones Indices Data and Artnet Transition Database, as of September 2017
² S&P Dow Jones Indices Data, as of September 2017
³ Based on comparable sales in Artnet Transaction Database, as of September 2017
⁴ Based on comparable sales in Artnet Transaction Database, as of September 2017
⁵ Based on S&P Performance Data (S&P Dow Jones Indices Data), as of September 2017
⁶ U.S. Trust calculations based on comparable sales figures in Artnet Transaction Database of artists included in 1973 Biennial, as of September 2017