TEFAF art market report : it’s over

TEFAF Art Market Report

The Antiques Trade Gazette, Laura Chesters, 19.01.2018 : “TEFAF scraps art market report for smaller focused survey”

The annual TEFAF art market report has been scrapped in favour of a number of smaller, focused reports, leaving Clare McAndrew’s Art Basel report as the sole market-wide survey.

According to a report in the Financial Times today, TEFAF said its next report will be penned by Anders Petterson, founder of ArtTactic. It is expected to cover art finance and will be released in May to coincide with TEFAF New York Spring.

McAndrew, who had penned the TEFAF report since 2008, left in 2016 to compose a similar report for Art Basel. TEFAF then hired Maastricht University professor Rachel Pownall to produce its report that was published in March last year.

Pownall’s report’s methodology differed from McAndrew’s, revealing contrasting results: Pownall revised the art market’s 2015 value to $44bn from McAndrew’s $63.8bn. For 2016 it estimated the total was $45bn, while McAndrew had it at $56.6bn.

A TEFAF spokeswoman said: “After reviewing our art market report strategy in 2017, and in consultation with both stakeholders and industry experts, we reached the conclusion that… we would better serve our dealer population and the wider art community by producing very in-depth and highly focused reports that concentrate on a variety of subjects in the art market.”

Pownall published two reports for TEFAF – the main art market report in March 2017 and an online report in June 2017. Pownall, with colleagues at the Business School (UMIO) at Maastricht University, is preparing a new 2018 art market report with a new partner to be announced and released later this year.

McAndrew is compiling her next report which is due to be published in early March.

A snapshot of the 2017 Art Market Report by Dr. Rachel Pownall. Credit : TEFAF.com