For those wishing to gain in-depth knowledge of all aspects of global art business, the Art Business Certificate in New York is our most comprehensive and intensive
program. The lectures provide access to up-to-date market information and analytical methods, and are enhanced through networking opportunities with esteemed working
The course is delivered by modules designed to complement one another to give an overall picture of the industry. The sessions are presented by carefully selected specialists including advisors, auctioneers, curators, dealers, economists, historians, lawyers, insurers and appraisers.
The full program consists of five modules: each made up of five evening sessions, meeting once a week on Wednesdays. Sessions are delivered by leaders in the field, and will provide insights into particular areas of the art world. At the end of each session, questions and further discussion are invited from the student body. There will also be career advancement workshops to help students with personalized development and a visit to an artist’s foundation, giving participants the opportunity to experience contemporary artists within their working space. Christie’s hosts panel discussions, and the Art Business Certificate students are invited to attend these exclusive events. Completion of all five modules results in the award of a certificate.
What you will learn
- In-depth knowledge of all aspects of art business, the history of the art market, and key players in the primary and secondary markets
- The legal and regulatory frameworks that exists within the ecosystem
- The current state of today’s global art industry presented by art world professionals and networking a fundamental component of these sessions, providing students the opportunity to participate in career advancement workshops
Module 1: Art and the Law
The rules governing the art market today are unique and continually evolving. Every player in the field, whether artist, dealer, or collector, confronts legal issues that are significantly different from general business laws. This module will present an overview of how legal issues play a role in today’s art market. Artist’s rights, contracts, consignment agreements, copyright and intellectual property will be explored, as well as issues of cultural patrimony and restitution.
Module 2: Art and Economics
Resulting from its unique characteristics, art has recently been treated as an attractive long term investment by some in the financial sector as well as by some art market professionals. This course will examine some of the characteristics of art that make it a viable asset for investment purposes; we will look at the valuation methods used by art specialists and financiers alike; we will explore how powerful external forces such as globalization, "financialization," and digitization continue to transform the art market; and, in the end, we will ask ourselves whether analyzing the art market with an economist’s eye is helpful to our understanding of the art market.
Module 3: Art and Valuation
Valuing art is one of the most indispensable tools of the art trade, and it is one that remains fluid, contingent upon multiple characteristics and contexts. Value can be defined in both historical and commercial ways, as well as dependent upon aesthetic, social and economic factors. This module will give an overview of the concept of value in the art market. The various types of appraisals, such as auction, insurance, estate tax, and charitable contributions will be addressed by working professionals in the art world. Issues of authenticity, provenance and the particulars of valuing contemporary art will also be explored.
Module 4: Auction Business
The auction is one of the most transparent and efficient sale methods, and one of the most dynamic - it is continually evolving. This module will introduce students to the history of Christie’s and its celebrated sales, and will give an in depth look into the various departments within the auction house (specialist departments, business development, estate and appraisals), and will include an in-depth exploration of Christie’s NY. Students will hear from Christie’s art specialists, auctioneers, and professionals behind-the-scenes, learn about how an auction and catalogue are put together, the impact of the Internet on auctions, private sales, and the growth of the auction house into a global art business. A mock auction will allow students to participate as bidders, offering the opportunity to understand terminology, pricing, and the primary role of the auctioneer.
Module 5: The Art World Today
The art world is really an aggregation of art worlds - a network emerging from many smaller micro-worlds, such as museum and nonprofit institutions, auction houses, galleries, art fairs, critics, consultants, historians, and collectors. This module will expose the student to the different roles that each participant plays and the relationships among them. Students will hear from a major NY art dealer, get an in-depth look at the workings of a gallery, its programming, relations to artists, pricing, and how galleries identify an emerging artist of quality. The rise of art fairs has had a profound effect on the art market in the last 15 years – this module will include a discussion with a prominent art fair director, and will examine the complexities involved with production. The prevalence of art advisors in the market today will also be addressed as well as how the expansion of professional fields within the art world attests to the growth of the art market itself.
Who should Apply
Completion of all five modules results in the award of a certificate. Each module is made up of 5 evening sessions and meets once a week on Wednesday evenings. Each lecture is delivered leaders in the field, and will provide insights into particular areas of the art world. At the end of each lecture, questions and further discussion are invited from the student body.
Who should Apply
The program has no prerequisites and is suitable for students from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds interested in learning more about the network that comprises the art business.
Please note: Students in this program are not eligible for federal financial aid or F-1 student visa status
Term Dates and How to Register
Term Dates and How to Register
Full Certificate Program: $15,000 (all five modules) - Register Now
Please note we accept full certificate registrations throughout the program as it is designed to be flexible meaning you can start at any module and complete the full program over time. Payment in full is due with the submission of a completed registration form.
To Register for Individual Modules: $3,000
Module 1: Art and the Law - September 11 - October 10, 2019 - Now Closed
Module 2: Art and Economics - October 16 - November 13, 2019 - Now Closed
Module 3: Art and Valuation - January 8 - February 5, 2020 - Register Now
Module 4: Auction Business - February 12 - March 11, 2020 - Register Now
Module 5: The Art World Today - April 1 - 29, 2020 - Register Now
*Dates and times may be subject to change with notice.
*To enquire about attending an individual lecture please contact the Short Course Coordinator at shortcoursesUS@christies.edu
John Cahill, Attorney, Cahill Partners LLP
Howard Spiegler, Partner, Co-Chair International Art Law Practice, Herrick, Feinstein LLP
Michael Findlay, Director, Acquavella Galleries; author, The Value of Art
Ana Sokoloff, sokoloff + associates, llc
James Cohan, James Cohan Gallery, NY and Shanghai
Noah Horowitz, Executive Director, The Armory Show, author, Art of the Deal
James Martin, Founder, Orion Analytical
Katja Zigerlig, AIG, Vice President, Art, Wine, Jewelry Insurance, Private Client Group
Noah Kupferman, Program Director, Christie’s Education New York
Susan Hunter, Associate Director, Appraisals, |Winston Art Group, NYC
Koji Inoue, Co-Head of Auction Channel, Post-War Contemporary Art, Christie’s NY