Alain Quemin is an exceptional class professor of sociology of art at Université Paris-8 / Institut d’Etudes Européennes, France, and a honorary member of Institut Universitaire de France. He holds a PhD from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and an «Habilitation à diriger des recherches» from Université Paris-3 Sorbonne nouvelle. He is an alumni of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He is a past president of the sociology of art research committee of the International Sociological Association and was an invited professor in numerous universites worldwide (Columbia University and the New School in the USA, Université de Montréal in Canada, Unicamp in Brazil, Moscow University in Russia…). He has been lecturing for years at UCLA in the USA, Universität Zürich in Switzerland, Bologna University in Itay and Universitat de Barcelona in Spain.
Alain Quemin specializes in the sociology of art markets and institutions. He also studies visitors’ surveys, the internationalization of the visual arts and the social construction of artistic reputations and consecration for visual artists. Among his most recent books are: Les stars de l’art contemporain. Notoriété et consécration artistiques dans les arts visuels, Paris, éditions du CNRS, 2013, 458 p, and Alain Quemin & Glaucia Kruse Villas Boas (Ed.), Arte e Vida Social. Pesquisas recentes no Brasil e na França, OpenEdition Press, Marseille, 2016, 456 p.
Alain Quemin also works as a journalist and art critic and is a regular contributor to La Gazette Drouot, artpress and Le Journal des Arts.