The Shift

Art and the Rise to Power of Contemporary Collectors



ISBN: 9788857243962 Category:

Marta Gnyp


The new, updated edition of the book on contemporary art and collectorsThe Shift takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the world of contemporary art.

While analyzing the motives and behavior of internationally operating collectors, it explains the current popularity of contemporary art and discloses the unwritten rules, active networks, and persistent myths of the rapidly expanding territory of art collecting. Collectors engage in ingenious ways with artists, galleries, museums, and auction houses while pursuing their passions and goals. Examining the attraction of collecting at large, its multifaceted social life, and the financial opportunities it seems to offer, this book also addresses how taste is formed and identifies possible radical shifts in the art system.

The book is based on Dutch art historian Marta Gnyp’s PhD research for which she took on many roles in order to give profound and specific insight into today’s world of collecting. Her personal experience as art collector, art advisor, and art journalist has provided a wealth of information that, together with theoretical investigations and empirical research, has resulted in this thought-provoking and enjoyable book.

Additional information

Weight 1006 g
Dimensions 17.5 x 24.8 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 1 February 2021
Number of pages 336
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 17.5 x 24.8 cm
Weight 1006 g


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Marta Gnyp is a Dutch art historian at the University of Amsterdam with an international business background. She is also a collector of contemporary art, art advisor, and contributing art editor for several international magazines. She is the author of You, Me and Art. Artists in the 21st Century (Skira, 2018).