With the rise of global art studies, there has been a quest to find a common ground to compare different contexts, events or individual trajectories. The expansion of exhibition catalogues and the artistic, social, and geographical information they contain make them an exceptional source to establish and articulate patterns of artistic mobility. Stemming from antipodal and diachronic research fields, from the internationalization of modern art (1850-1970) to that of contemporary African art, we contend that exhibition catalogues give commensurable sources to trace the globalization of art on the long term, from its spatial, social, and economic dimension to the circulation of art pieces and the cultural transfers it implies.



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