Published: Nov. 20, 2019

On November 15, Christopher Beekman presented the invited paper “Branding West Mexico: Early Collectors vs. Art Dealers” at an international symposium organized by and held at the Getty Research Institute titled “Collecting Mexican Art before 1940: A New World of American Antiquities.” This presentation on the patterns of collecting antiquities from western Mexico and how by the mid-20th century art dealers had successfully “branded” west Mexican art as a desirable category (such that both looting and smuggling increased dramatically), is part of Beekman’s ongoing research on the looting and collecting of antiquities from Pre-Columbian Mexico.