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For this week we recommend Iain Robertson’s Understanding Art Markets: Inside the world of art and business, this in-depth analysis of the international art market, a must-read for anyone involved in the art trade, as well as for those who are curious to understand the complex nature of this field. “The global art market has recently been valued at close to $50bn—a rise of over 60% since the global financial crisis. These figures are driven by demand from China and other emerging markets, as well as the growing phenomenon of the artist bypassing dealers as a market force in his/her own right. This new textbook integrates, updates and enhances the popular aspects of two well-regarded texts—‘Understanding International Arts Markets’ and ‘The Art Business’. Topics covered include: Emerging markets in China East Asian, South East Asian, Brazilian, Russian, Islamic and Indian art, Art valuation and investment, Museums and the cultural sector.” (2015, Routledge)