UNITED ART RATING
YOUR GUIDE IN THE WORLD OF ART
The reference book “United Art Rating” has been published since 1999 and has already stood 23 printed editions (before 2012 it was called “United Artists Rating”). Since 2018 the Rating is comptetely turned into the electronic form, the latest electronic edition is available.
On January 1, 2018 United Art Rating included the names, dates of life and rating categories of 60456 artists.
There are 2 sections in the reference book: Russian
Art Rating (united Rating of artists of Russian Empire, the
The reference book is the one of the main instruments of art market regulations. One of the main tasks of the reference book is the protection of artists and customers from abusive transactions. Particularly, it contains pricing recommendations about sale and purchase of works of art.
The reference book has an encyclopedic character. Rating categories characterize creative and social significance of artists’ works in general and fix the position of each artist in the history of art.
The reference book has an exceptionally social orientation:
– all the information in the reference book is published for free;
– none of “commercial offers” with the aim of rating increase of any artist are regarded or accepted;
– no advertising materials are published in the reference book.
Defining of rating categories is made on the basis of available information about expositions, collections and sales of works, catalogues and publications in the press and the Internet, artists’ and art-managers’ biographies, art-critics’ and art-managers’ opinions, public-opinion polls, any other information, derived from open and accessible resources.
The rating priority is given to the art level
of works, their humanistic significance. Other criterions are
professionalism, exhibition activity, availability of works in museums,
recognition by the public, galleries and art critics in
Artists are subdivided into “A” and “B” categories in the Rating. An artist of “B” category (a conventional designation of the first letter of the phrase “Be in demand”) is mainly oriented to the market condition’s needs, while an artist of “A” category (a conventional designation of the first letter of the word “Author’s) does not virtually submit to the market’s demand. Each category has its levels from the 1st (the top of recognition and fame; is referred to the deceased classic artists, whose works of art are widely recognized in museums) to the 10th one (amateur artist).
Russian Art Rating includes artists conferred to first 6 levels, International Art Rating – artists of levels from 1 to 3.
United Art Rating is issued in English and Russian languages.
The Rating Centre of Artists Trade Union of Russia, composed of art-historians and art-critics, works on the Rating. The Rating Centre has a status of professional jury, free in its judgments and estimations. The head of the Rating Centre, Editor-in-chief and Founder of the reference book – member of Russian Academy of Arts and Russian Academy of Art-critics, Honored culture worker of Russian Federation Prof. Dr. Sergey V. Zagraevsky.
The reference book is intended for museum, gallery and creative people, for all amateurs and connoisseurs of the art of XVIII–XXI centuries, for a very wide circle of attendants of museums, antique shops, exhibitions.