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The Art of Emerging Markets:The Art of Emerging Markets:A Latin American PerspectiveA Latin American Perspective

ByBySebastian EdwardsSebastian Edwards

University of California, Los AngelesUniversity of California, Los Angelesandand

NBERNBEROctober, 2003October, 2003

Rivera and Rivera and KhaloKhalo......

Botero Botero and Lam...and Lam...

......MattaMatta and and TamayoTamayo......

This talk is on the economics of LatinThis talk is on the economics of LatinAmerican artAmerican artI use economic tools to try to understand theI use economic tools to try to understand theartistic creative process and art as anartistic creative process and art as aninvestmentinvestmentThis research is part of the new and growingThis research is part of the new and growingfield of the field of the economics of arteconomics of art or or culturalculturaleconomicseconomicsSome authors:Some authors: Will Will BaumolBaumol, Richard Caves, Sherwin Rosen,, Richard Caves, Sherwin Rosen,

Bruno Bruno FreyFrey, and David , and David GalensonGalenson

Some issues on the economics ofSome issues on the economics ofLatin American artLatin American art

Patters of creativityPatters of creativity Do Latin American artists follow similar patternsDo Latin American artists follow similar patterns

than European and U.S. artists?than European and U.S. artists? Conceptual and experimental artistsConceptual and experimental artists Tradidional Tradidional or or indigenistsindigenists and and universalistuniversalist artists artists

Latin American art as an investmentLatin American art as an investment Alternative portfoliosAlternative portfolios Investment rulesInvestment rules

The role of foreign training, travel and exile onThe role of foreign training, travel and exile oncreativity and valuecreativity and value

The data setThe data setData on auctionsData on auctions 13,000 observations on auctions13,000 observations on auctions 115 artists from 17 countries for 1977-2001115 artists from 17 countries for 1977-2001 Paintings and drawingsPaintings and drawings Prices, date auctioned, date painted, medium, size,Prices, date auctioned, date painted, medium, size,

signed, who sold it, and other characteristicssigned, who sold it, and other characteristics Number of pieces auctioned per artist:Number of pieces auctioned per artist:

average = 260; median = 177; minimum = 35.average = 260; median = 177; minimum = 35.

Data on artists lifeData on artists life BiographiesBiographies Art publicationsArt publications

Artists with largest number of pieces:Artists with largest number of pieces: FernandoFernando Botero Botero,, Leonor FiniLeonor Fini,, WifredoWifredo Lam, Lam, RobertoRoberto Matta Matta,, CarlosCarlos Merida Merida,, ReneRene Portocarrero Portocarrero,, Diego Rivera,Diego Rivera, Rufino TamayoRufino Tamayo,, Francisco Toledo,Francisco Toledo, JoaquinJoaquin Torres-Garcia, Torres-Garcia, Francisco Francisco ZunigaZuniga..

Artists with pieces that have been sold inArtists with pieces that have been sold inexcess of USD 1 million (in 1995 dollars):excess of USD 1 million (in 1995 dollars): Tarsila Tarsila do do AmaralAmaral Fernando Fernando BoteroBotero,, Frida KhaloFrida Khalo WifredoWifredo Lam, Lam, Roberto Roberto MattaMatta,, Diego Rivera,Diego Rivera, Rufino TamayoRufino Tamayo,, Jose Maria Jose Maria VelascoVelasco

I. Patterns of CreativityI. Patterns of CreativityDo patterns of creativity follow northernDo patterns of creativity follow northernartists patterns, or do they have own dynamics?artists patterns, or do they have own dynamics?David David GalensonGalenson, , Painting Outside the LinesPainting Outside the Lines(Harvard University Press, 2001)(Harvard University Press, 2001) Uses auction data to analyze when artists did theirUses auction data to analyze when artists did their

best workbest work Defines two patterns:Defines two patterns:

Conceptual: Best work is done early on, at a young ageConceptual: Best work is done early on, at a young age Experimental: Best work done at older ageExperimental: Best work done at older age

Finds that artists born before 1930 tend to beFinds that artists born before 1930 tend to beexperimentalexperimental; those born after 1930 tend to be; those born after 1930 tend to beconceptualconceptual

MethodologyMethodologyEstimate, for different groups weighted-fixed-Estimate, for different groups weighted-fixed-effect regressions of the following type:effect regressions of the following type:

ln ln PricePrice jtjt = = 1 1 age + age + 2 2 age age 22+ + 3 3 ageage33+ + 44ageage44

+ + 55 lnln height + height + 66 lnln width + width + 7 7 paperpaper+ + 8 8 signed + signed + i i year of sale dummyyear of sale dummy+ + i i artist dummyartist dummy+ + ss ii decade dummy + decade dummy + jtjt

The coefficients of The coefficients of ageage, , ageage22, , ageage33, , andand ageage44determine the pattern of creativitydetermine the pattern of creativityThe patterns are compared statistically for theThe patterns are compared statistically for thedifferent groupsdifferent groups

Creative pattern equations were estimated forCreative pattern equations were estimated forthe following different groups:the following different groups: Early (pre 1900 birth date), intermediate (1900-Early (pre 1900 birth date), intermediate (1900-

1920 birth date) and younger (post 1920 birth1920 birth date) and younger (post 1920 birthdate)date)

By different schools: Traditional or By different schools: Traditional or indigenistsindigenistsvsvs. . universalistsuniversalists

Artists with formal training abroad Artists with formal training abroad vsvs. artists without. artists withouttraining abroadtraining abroad

Weighted regressions are used, with the totalWeighted regressions are used, with the totalnumbers of pieces auctioned by each artist asnumbers of pieces auctioned by each artist asweight.weight.

Individual patterns ofIndividual patterns ofcreativity for the big sixcreativity for the big six

river

a

age_paint20 70

4.8071

6.2646

Riverata

may

o

age_paint21 91

7.75363

8.59091

Tamayo

lam

age_paint20 79

-1881.11

-1879.13

Lamkh

alo

age_paint20 47

6.80272

9.44632

Khalo

mat

ta

age_paint25 86

4.6901

8.82037

Matta

bote

ro

age_paint18 65

6.4133

8.68726

Botero

Summary of Results on CreativitySummary of Results on CreativityIn contrast to In contrast to GalensonGalenson, , we dont seewe dont see a decline in a decline inthe age at which artists do their best workthe age at which artists do their best workOn the contrary, the On the contrary, the age when best work is doneage when best work is donehas increased for younger generationshas increased for younger generations of artists of artistsWe do see that patters of creativity differ forWe do see that patters of creativity differ fordifferent artistic schools: different artistic schools: traditionaliststraditionalists peak peakearlier than earlier than universalistsuniversalistsWe do see that foreign training does affectWe do see that foreign training does affectpatterns of creativity: those trained abroad have apatterns of creativity: those trained abroad have asteep increase in prices.steep increase in prices.

Results of Patterns of CreativityResults of Patterns of Creativityby Age of Birthby Age of Birth

Creative pattern for Creative pattern for pre-1900pre-1900 artists artistsea

rly_i

ndex

age_paint23 94

3.26931

4.54009

Max=23 years old

Creative pattern for Creative pattern for 1900-19201900-1920 artists artists

Max=31 years

inte

r_in

dex

age_paint18 86

-.352999

2.92035

Max=31 years old

Creative pattern for Creative pattern for post-1920post-1920 artists artistsyo

ung_

inde

x

age_paint18 73

1.5318

3.89899

Max=66 years old

Results of Creativity andResults of Creativity andForeign TrainingForeign Training

tra_i

ndex

age_paint18 89

3.47119

4.48754

notra

_ind

ex

age_paint18 91

3.1034

4.69633

Training abroad

All ArtistsAll Artists

No training abroad

Max= 37 years old

Max= 23 years old

Artists bornArtists bornafter 1925after 1925

No training abroad

Max= 37 years old

Youn

g_no

tra_i

ndex

age_paint18 71

4.82975

6.66129

Max= 61 years old

No training abroad

Youn

g_tra

_ind

ex

age_paint18 65

2.05644

4.48485

Training abroad

Max= 65 years old

Creativity patterns forCreativity patterns fortraditionaliststraditionalists and and universalistsuniversalists

An artistic controversyAn artistic controversyFor many years Latin American artists believedFor many years Latin American artists believedthat their work should reflect the regions that their work should reflect the regions realityreality..The Mexican muralists --The Mexican muralists --RiveraRivera, , SiqueirosSiqueiros,,OrozcoOrozco--are the best known traditionalists--are the best known traditionalistsBrazils Brazils antropofagiaantropofagia school of school of Tarsila Tarsila dodoAmaralAmaral is another manifestation of this viewis another manifestation of this viewFern

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