We are proud to announce the next Tools For the Future Conference in April that will take place at the University of Lousiana, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Our Professors Adriana Turpin, Nathalie Moureau and Elisabetta Lazzaro created Tools in 2018 to further collaboration and research in the art market.

International Workshop #8
LSU School of Art, Baton Rouge, LA, USA
April 14-15th, 2023

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Elisabetta Lazzaro, University of the Creative Arts, UK
  • Prof. Nathalie Moureau, University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, France
  • Prof. Darius A. Spieth, Louisiana State University, USA
  • Adriana Turpin, IESA Art & Culture, Paris, France

“The Disputed Toll” by Heywood Hardy. Image courtesy of Manchester Art Gallery.

The LSU School of Art will host the next Gatekeepers in the Art Market workshop, which will be held in Baton Rouge April 14-15, 2023.

DAY ONE – Friday, April 14 – Sternberg Salon, French House/Honors College, LSU Campus
DAY TWO – Saturday, April 15 – LSU Museum of Art, 3rd floor of Shaw Center, downtown Baton Rouge

The workshop Gatekeepers in the Art Market is part of the International Workshops Series “Tools for the Future: Researching Art Market Practices from Past to Present,” jointly founded by Elisabetta Lazzaro (Business School for the Creative Industries – University for the Creative Arts, UK), Nathalie Moureau (University Paul Valéry, Montpellier 3) and Adriana Turpin (IESA Art & Culture, Paris and the Society for the History of Collecting, London). This 8th edition of the “Tools for the Future: Researching Art Market Practices from Past to Present” workshop series – the first one to be held in America – will be organized in collaboration with LSU art history professor Darius A. Spieth.



DAY ONE – Fr., April 14 – Sternberg Salon, French House/Honors College, LSU Campus

  • 9.00 Welcome & Introductory Remarks – Prof. Darius A. Spieth (Louisiana State University)
  • 9.30 – 10.30:  Keynote Prof. William Goetzmann (Yale Center for International Finance, Yale University, USA)
  • 10.30-12.00:  Session 1 – Defining Art Market Gatekeepers


Prof. Nathalie Moureau (University Paul Valéry, Montpellier 3, France), 
Prof. Hung-Hsing Chen (Institute of Arts Management & Entrepreneurship, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taipeh, Taiwan): When is a ‘Gatekeeper’? Activators in the Structure of Art Markets.
Prof. Elisabetta Lazzaro and Giuliano Picchi (University for the Creative Arts, UK): A Taxonomy of Gatekeepers in the Art Market
Mikaella Milikouri (Royal Holloway College, London, UK): Attention Shifting in the Art Market: How Art Collectors Construct Value and Taste

  • Lunch 12.00-13.15
  • 13.15-14.45: Session 2 – Geographies


Adriana Turpin (IESA Arts&Culture, Paris, France)
Prof. Ghazi Gherairi (University of Carthage, Tunisia): Multilateral Diplomacy: A New Gatekeeper of the Art Market? The Case of the UNESCO Art Collection
Maryam Mehrabadi (Louisiana State University): Interpreting the Marketing Studies of the Websites of Tehran’s Art Galleries
Feliks Tuszko (University of Warsaw, Poland): Studying Artistic Failures: How Gatekeepers Decide Which Artists Have Higher Potential

  • 14.45-16.15: Session 3 – Types of Gatekeepers


Prof. Darius Spieth (LSU)
Dr. Nikki Kane (University of Glasgow, UK): Festivals as Gatekeepers: The Role of Festivals and Biennials in Contemporary Art Careers
Nubia Khan (Duke University, Durham, NC, USA): The Fall of the American Art Union (1839-1851): The Mainstream Press as a Gatekeeper in the Art Market
Prof. Alycen Mitchell (Queen Mary College, University of London, UK): Alfred Taubman: The Pivotal Architect of the Auction Boom of the 1980s

  • Break 16.15-16.45
  • 16.45- 18.00: Round table (Moderators: Prof. Ghazi Gherairi, University of Carthage, Tunisia, and Joseph Givens, Director McNair Program, Louisiana State University)

The First Day of the Workshop will be accompanied by an exhibition of artworks by Venezuelan artist Christian Rios, The Seeds of Envy, in the LSU French House/Honors College.

DAY TWO – Sat., April 15 – LSU Museum of Art, 3rd floor of Shaw Center, downtown Baton Rouge

  • 9.30: Welcome & Introduction – Prof. Darius A. Spieth (LSU)
  • 9.45–10.45: Keynote Prof. Hans Van Miegroet (DALMI – Duke Art, Law & Markets Initiative, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA)
  • 11.00-11.30 Break
  • 11.30-13.00: Session 4 - Measuring Gatekeepers



Prof. Elisabetta Lazzaro (University for the Creative Arts, UK)
Prof. Nikola Dedić and Irena Javorski Dedić (University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia): Works of Art as Commodities with a Monopoly Price and the Speculative Character of Art Markets
Stephanie Dieckvoss (Kingston University, London) and Prof. Nathalie Moureau (University Paul Valéry, Montpellier 3, France): Are the Physical Layouts of Contemporary Art Fairs Benefitting Gatekeepers in the Art Market?
Dr. Anne-Sophie V. Radermecker (Free University, Brussels, Belgium): Connoisseurship 2.0 – Informal Expertise in the Digital Age

  • Lunch 13.00-14.15
  • 14:15-15.45 Session 5 – Third Parties as Gatekeepers 


Prof. Darius Spieth (LSU)
Dr. Laura Johanna Noll (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland): Auction Houses as Gatekeepers: Gender Effects on the Secondary Art Market
Erika Witt (Southern University, New Orleans, USA and LSU): Gatekeepers, Collectors, and Provenance of Art in HBCU Collection
Chinenye Emegolu (Louisiana State University and Alex Ekwueme (Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Nigeria): The Landscape of African Art Dealers in Paris, 1920-2020


  • 15.45-16.15 Break
  • 16.15-17.30: Round table and close of conference (Moderators: Nedra Hains, Deputy Director of the LSU Museum of Art, and Joseph Givens, Director McNair Program, Louisiana State University)

To register:

The workshop will take place in person. It will be open online to attendees who cannot attend in person. Please email toolsforthefuture.artmarkets@gmail.com to register and receive the link to the workshop.  We would ask you to let us know by Thursday 10am BST (4pm Central time) to ensure that we can send the link in time. 

Support for this Workshop was kindly provided by the LSU Provost’s Fund for innovation in Research - Conference Support Fund, the LSU School of Art, and CCK, the Center for Collaborative Knowledge at LSU.