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Art Dealers and Galleries

SIC 5999 | NAICS 453920

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Art Dealers  (view report)
Online Art Sales  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Redwood Media Group
ABN Magazine

Quarterly trade journal features news and information for industry professionals, with topics covered in various issues including industry news and analysis, market trends, effective business practices, marketing strategies, artist and gallery profiles, and book and product reviews. Digital editions of the magazine are available free online, with free subscription available to qualified trade professionals.

First Research
Art Dealers and Galleries

First Research profiles provide analysis, statistics, and forecasts for a wide range of industries, with content sections including industry overview, recent developments, issues and challenges, business trends and opportunities, leading companies, executive insights, financial benchmarking information, and 5-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated monthly; sample report is available online.

Collectors' Guide

Collectors' guide provides an overview of the various types of dealers (e.g., primary market, secondary market, and public and private dealers) and the roles they play in the marketplace such as educating clients, arranging exhibitions, publishing catalogs and monographs, curating art collections, providing appraisals for a variety of purposes, and acting as a principal or agent in buying and selling artworks.

The Role of Art & Antique Dealers: Historical and Future Perspectives

Comprehensive study analyzes the changing role of dealers in the marketplace, with topics covered in the study including dealers in the current market, backgrounds, education, and demographics, business models, specialization, retail galleries, event-driven market, online sales movement, credit and finance, regulatory issues, competition for supply, dealers versus auction houses, and artists as competition.

Edward Winkleman, Winkleman Gallery
How To Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery

Topics covered in this guide to starting and running a gallery include defining a program, other branding issues, business models, customary practices, primary and secondary markets, location and build-out issues, managing cash flow, logistics, staffing, management practices, and promotional efforts. Table of contents and selected excerpts from this guide can be previewed via Amazon's "Look Inside" feature.

Unity Marketing
Art Gallery’s Guide to the New Consumer Market:
Retailer’s Guide to Marketing in New Luxury Style

Market research study provides in-depth analysis of the affluent consumer market for retail art galleries, with topics addressed in the report including affluent consumer demographics, consumer demand and spending, types of items purchased, where purchases are made, most recent purchase, reasons for most recent shopping experience, consumer attitudes and personalities, and marketing opportunities.

Art Market Report

Chapter 2 of this annual report focuses on dealers and galleries, with topics addressed in this chapter including dealer sales trends, market prices by sector, sales channels, dealer profit margins, sources
of supply and inventories, buyer demographics, local vs. international buyers, primary and secondary market dealers, number and types of exhibitions, and top dealer challenges over the next five years.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
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Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

First Research
Art Dealers and Galleries

Financial information section of this profile provides income statements, balance sheets, and financial ratios for companies that buy and sell original and limited-edition artworks such as paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures on a consignment basis or from their own inventory, or act as an agent or auction house that brings buyers and sellers together and receives a commission on the sale.

Compensation Surveys

Art Gallery

Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions such as executive director, executive assistant, office manager, retail store manager, sales associate, curator, graphic designer, and framer for firms that sell original and limited-edition artworks such as paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures on a consignment basis or from their own inventory.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Miscellaneous Store Retailers

Annual employment and wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in this retail sector on a national, state, and metro area basis, with art-related job positions covered in the survey including art directors, curators, craft artists, fine artists (e.g., painters, sculptors, and illustrators), graphic designers, interior designers, merchandise displayers, and window trimmers.

Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Commercial Art Galleries

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based valuation multiples for small businesses that sell original and limited-edition artworks such as paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and other types of media to the general public on a consignment basis or from their own inventory.