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Iain Robertson

Honorary Fellow, Art Business, London

PhD, MA and BA (Hons), City University, London

Dr Iain Robertson was Head of Art Business Studies at Sotheby's Institute of Art between 2004 and 2021. Prior to this appointment, he was Exhibitions Officer for The Royal Institute of British Architects, Cultural Attaché to the British Mission Republic of China on Taiwan, Advisor to the Yu Yu Yang Foundation and Ministry of Culture on Taiwan and Senior Lecturer in Arts Policy & Management at City, University of London. He was awarded a PhD in 2000 from City, University of London for his thesis; 'The emerging art markets of Greater China 1989-1999'. He consults for commercial organizations in Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East and Europe. He lectures at universities, worldwide. He is a board member of TIAMSA (the International Art Market Studies Association). He collaborates with Sotheby's auction house and is involved in the education of its clients around the world. He was an advisor to the Union Bank of Switzerland's (UBS) corporate art collection. He was art market editor of Art Market Report and is co-series editor of Handbooks in Art Business (SIA and Lund Humphries). He speaks three languages fluently: English, Dutch, French and has an understanding of Mandarin Chinese. He has written over one hundred articles in the arts and national press. His books include: Understanding International Art Markets and Management (2005); The Art Business (2008); A New Art from Emerging Markets'(2011); Understanding Art Markets, Inside the World of Art and Business (2016); Art Business Today: 20 Key Topics (2016).His most recent text is New Art New Markets published by Lund Humphries (2018). A new book, The Routledge Companion to Global Art Markets, is scheduled to be published at the end of 2022. He has appeared on panel discussions and delivered lectures for: Deloitte, Intelligence Squared and the Milken Institute . He also features in The Bankers Guide to Art on BBC 4 (2016) and in the film, Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World (2017). In 2020 he was appointed editor of the journal Art & the Market: The Caucasus and Beyond. Editor of the Journal Art & the Market: Caucasus & Beyond, a tri-annual publication specialising in emerging art markets.

Iain Robertson
  • News & Events

    News & Events

    • The Bright Eye of the Universe - Tagore Gallery, New York (2015) Six Chinese contemporary artists: Yang Xun, Guan Yong, Shi Guowei, Hou Yong, Zheng Lu, Hang Chunhui

    • Author of Art Market Crashes and Bubbles. Grove Dictionary of Art. Oxford Art Online, Oxford University Press. (2016)

  • Selected Publications

    Selected Publications


    Art Business Today. 20 Key Topicsco-editor with Jos Hackforth-Jones, Lund Humphries (October, 2016)

    Understanding Art Markets. Inside the World of Art and Business, Routledge (2016) sole author (combining Understanding Art Markets and Management and The Art Business under one title) Korean edition (2017). Chinese (2017)

    The Art Business, co -editor with Derrick Chong. Routledge (2008)

    A New Art from Emerging Markets, Lund Humphries, (2011) sole author

    Understanding International Art Markets and Management, editor (Routledge, 2005) (Chinese edition- Chongqing University Press, (2013)

    New Art New Markets, Lund Humphries (2017) sole author


    Taiwan The International Art Markets The essential guide for collectors and investors (Kogan Page, 2008)

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