Tom Flynn: Publications

The A to Z of the International Art World (Bloomsbury, 2016)
by Tom Flynn

In 2014, there were over 300,000 companies involved in the world's art market, employing around 2.8 million people, and applications to undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses are at an all-time high. But the language used by market insiders can be alienating and confusing to those new to the art market. The A-Z of the International Art Market not only clarifies useful terms and definitions, but also represents a significant contribution to the fast-developing processes of transparency and democratisation in the global art business. Written as an alphabetical glossary comprising art market terms and core concepts - both historical and contemporary - the book contains a number of extended introductory essays outlining the development of larger core themes, such as auctions, art fairs and art investment. A long-awaited reference source, the book provides an accessible introduction to the art world's core concepts, as well as a thorough explanation of, and insight into, critical areas that anyone involved in the art market will find useful and enlightening. Buy on Amazon



Art Crime and its Prevention (Ed. Arthur Tompkins), 
Lund Humphries 2016

Chapter 1: 'The Art World: Compliant Victim?' 
by Tom Flynn (pp19-30)

The definitive handbook on art crime for art-world professionals of all kinds, from the museum, auction house or art-insurance employee to the contemporary gallerist, dealer, art-market student or collector. Written by a range of international experts, the book's territory is broad and includes advice on how to secure art in galleries and private collections; how and when to insure art; what to look for to be sure that an artwork you buy is legitimate; how to check provenance to be certain that it matches the work it accompanies; how to deal with forgery and best-practices in art acquisition. Contextual debate, such as discussion of the impact of looting in conflict zones and the relevant international law relating to art in war, enlivens the text and helps to present a fully-rounded analysis of art crime and its many associations. An authoritative and readable handbook, Art Crime and Its Prevention will be an essential reference guide for all those involved in the art world internationally, or in the protection and recovery of artworks. Buy on Amazon



Cultural Heritage Ethics: Between Theory and Practice (Ed. Constantine Sandis), Open Book Publishers, 2015

Chapter 9: 'Fear of Cultural Objects' by Tom Flynn (pp135-148)

Theory without practice is empty, practice without theory is blind, to adapt a phrase from Immanuel Kant. The sentiment could not be truer of cultural heritage ethics. This intra-disciplinary book bridges the gap between theory and practice by bringing together a stellar cast of academics, activists, consultants, journalists, lawyers, and museum practitioners, each contributing their own expertise to the wider debate of what cultural heritage means in the twenty-first century. Cultural Heritage Ethics provides cutting-edge arguments built on case studies of cultural heritage and its management in a range of geographical and cultural contexts. Moreover, the volume feels the pulse of the debate on heritage ethics by discussing timely issues such as access, acquisition, archaeological practice, curatorship, education, ethnology, historiography, integrity, legislation, memory, museum management, ownership, preservation, protection, public trust, restitution, human rights, stewardship, and tourism. Buy on Amazon

Risk and Uncertainty in the Art World (Ed. Anna M. Dempster)
Bloomsbury 2014

Chapter 5: 'Negotiating Authenticity: Contrasting value systems and associated risk in the global art market' by Tom Flynn (pp109-124) 

The first complete overview of risk in the art market by bringing together contributions from a wide range of international thought-leaders on the topic - both practitioners and leading scholars who investigate the specific types of uncertainty that exist in the art market as well as the dominant models used to manage the risks. An essential read for art world practitioners as well as scholars and students, Risk and Uncertainty in the Art World illustrates the dynamics and unique qualities of the art market as well as developing insights relevant to other sectors, including sociology, business and management, economics and finance. Buy on Amazon




Conflux: Sean Henry at Salisbury Cathedral
Catalogue of the installation of British sculptor Sean Henry's sculptures in Salisbury Cathedral (July - October 2011), curated by Jacquiline Creswell. With essays by Tom Flynn and Richard Cork.

Published to mark the largest exhibition to date of sculptor Sean Henry's  work, set in the spectacular surroundings of Salisbury Cathedral. 'Conflux' brings together over 20 sculptures and installations of dramatically different scales by this innovative artist, occupying vacant plinths and open spaces on both the inside and exterior of this iconic 13th century building, creating a confluence of sculpture; Henry's modern anonymous figures alongside the Cathedral's medieval and classical collection. Sean Henry's artwork celebrates the fragile individuality of anonymous men and women, challenging the viewer to contrast them with the timelessness and indestructibility of the building, with its memorials to important historical figures. For the Cathedral community, it offers an opportunity to remind visitors that the wide-ranging emotions and frailties displayed in the work are as relevant inside this living church as the refined memorials and celebrations of faith that have adorned the walls for generations. Buy on Amazon



Sean Henry (Scala, 2008) 
by Tom Flynn

Sean Henry's single and multiple-figure groups occupy private and public locations all over the world. In recent years he has won a broad international reputation as one of the most talented British artists of his generation. His first solo show was in London in 1988 and his most recent at Osborne Samuel Gallery, London in 2016. He has exhibited his work in England, America, Australia, Italy, Holland, Sweden and Germany. Current projects range in scale from the intimate relief sculptures to the 18m wide bronze and steel sculpture entitled Couple sited 250m out to sea at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in Northumberland, the first offshore artwork in Britain, which when installed in August 2007, received extensive media coverage including Channel 4, the BBC, The Guardian, The Times and The Independent. As Henry's works continue to grow in popularity, this is a welcome, in-depth analysis of the career, techniques and methods of a unique and talented artist through an illuminating critical text by the art historian and journalist Tom Flynn. Softcover | £20.00 / $40 | ISBN: 978 1 85759 541 3 Buy on Amazon



Colonialism and the Object: Empire, Material Culture and the Museum (Routledge, 1997)
by Tom Flynn (Editor), Tim Barringer (Editor)


"These innovative theoretical analyses have opened up new approaches to how we should display colonial objects in a post-colonial world. Drawing together an international group of scholars from a variety of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds, Colonialism and the Object includes intensive case studies of objects from India, Pakistan, New Zealand, China and Africa, all of which were collected by or exhibited in the institutions of the British Empire. Other chapters address issues of racial identity across cultural barriers, and the hybrid styles of objects which can emerge when cultures meet." Buy on Amazon



The Body in Sculpture (Everyman Art Library, Weidenfeld & Nicolson), 1998 (Published in US by Abrams as The Body in Three Dimensions)
by Tom Flynn

"A highly original, deft and compelling account of the history of sculpted representations of the human body. Its broad sweep from prehistory to post modernism incorporates both the great achievements of such sculptors as Donatello, Michelangelo, Canova and Brancusi, and those shadier representations of the body which Tom Flynn convincingly identifies as sculpture's doppelgänger, from waxworks to cyborgs. Illustrated with over 110 carefully chosen pictures, this is a genuinely important contribution to the general literature of sculpture." Buy on Amazon



Jedd Novatt
(Musée d'Art et d'Industrie André Diligent, Roubaix) 2008
by Tom Flynn
Catalogue text to major 2008 retrospective exhibition of work by American-born Paris-based sculptor Jedd Novatt at 'La Piscine', Musée d'Art et d'Industrie André Diligent, Roubaix, northern France.










Der modellierte Körper: Von der Antike bis ins 20. Jahrhundert  
(Broschiert, 1999)
 
German language edition of The Body in Sculpture
by Tom Flynn






El Cuerpo En La Escultura 
Spanish language edition of The Body in Sculpture (1998)
(Ediciones Akal, 1998)
by Tom Flynn
 





  
The Body in Sculpture
Chinese language edition of The Body in Sculpture (1998)
(China Architecture & Building Press)
by Tom Flynn










The Body in Sculpture
South Korean language edition of The Body in Sculpture, 1998
(Art Library, Yekyong Publishing Company, Korea, 2003)
by Tom Flynn









Helaine Blumenfeld
by Tom Flynn
 
Catalogue text to 2010 exhibition at Robert Bowman Gallery, London of new work by British sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld    
















Clive Head: Paintings 1996-2001
by Tom Flynn, Linda Chase

Critical essays on the work of leading British photo-realist painter Clive Head, placing his landscapes in historical and contemporary context.






 
   

Simon Allen (2009)
by Tom Flynn

Catalogue text to July 2009 exhibition of West Country-based sculptor Simon Allen at Millennium Gallery, St. Ives.
 
Almuth Tebbenhoff (2010)
by Tom Flynn

Biographical career-to-date catalogue of work by London-based sculptor Almuth Tebbenhoff. 






Janet Stayton, Pictures within Pictures (2010)
by Tom Flynn
Comprehensive catalogue of new canvases by American-born, Tuscany-based painter Janet Stayton
Charlotte Mayer: In Essence
by Tom Flynn

Charlotte Mayer – In Essence tells the moving story of Mayer’s life and career from her idyllic childhood in Czechoslovakia, her move to England as a refugee, student days in London, the tragedies of her family history and the challenges of her first public commissions, through to the success and recognition she enjoys today. Tom Flynn’s scholarly text traces the influences, inspirations and personal experiences which have shaped her work. Now in her eighties, Mayer is as passionate as ever about her craft and continues to produce sculptures of great eloquence, grace and subtlety which have the depth and power to reach us all. Buy on Amazon


Terence Coventry: Hands On
by Tom Flynn
Specially published to accompany our exhibition, this book is an in-depth account of an intensely private artist’s life and work. The book traces his journey over the past twenty-five years from talented art student to successful pig farmer, to the rediscovery of his artistic identity in the mid-eighties and the evolution of his mature, confident and independent sculptural language. Tom Flynn’s perceptive introduction provides a fascinating insight into Coventry’s working practice and the way in which the Cornish landscape and its natural inhabitants have influenced his creative development. Tom Flynn is a writer, journalist and art historian with interests in sculpture, its history, the art market, the history of museums and current debates in cultural property. He is the author of a number of books on sculpture and contemporary art as well as numerous exhibition catalogues. Buy on Amazon