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Overview

New York offers one of the most dynamic contemporary art scenes in the world, and over time has been the proving ground for many of the most influential artists, galleries, museums and auction houses. Through intimate and public conversations with distinguished and emerging artists, curators, critics, gallery owners and specialists, this course provides in-depth insight and exposure to contemporary art today, looking at what is happening now in the New York art world and by extension the international art world. Lectures explore recent trends in art and reference Pop, Minimalism, Conceptualism, YBAs, Relational Aesthetics and Globalism. Key themes and concepts from art history are introduced to describe how they influence art made today.

By the end of this course students will…

  • Have an understanding of the most significant styles and trends of the last fifty years.
  • Be familiar with the work of the most important and critically acclaimed artists of the period.
  • Understand the work of key players in New York’s art scene, from curators to dealers to critics.

Webinar: Summer Study New York
Join us to learn about the Sotheby’s Institute of Art - Summer Study Program in New York. Our 2 and 4-week courses in art business, contemporary art, and art history provide privileged access to art venues and the expertise of professionals, in one of the great art capitals of the world. The webinar will include a presentation about the program, followed by a live Q&A.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Time: Monday - Thursday: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM.
    Date: July 9 - August 2, 2018 (4-week course).
    Venue: 570 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Kathleen Madden, Adjunct Faculty, MA Contemporary Art and Summer Study, New York

    Kathleen Madden is an art historian who contributes regularly to magazines such as Artforum, Art in America, and OSMOS. She has been part of the curatorial team for exhibitions at Tate Modern, the Barbican Art Gallery, and the Serpentine Gallery. Previously, she was the Commissioning Editor of Contemporary Art at Phaidon Press, where she produced books such as Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography and Ice Cream: Contemporary Art and Culture. Madden also teaches at Barnard College, Columbia University and holds a PhD, ABD from University of Wales and an MA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics


    • The Most Significant Styles and Trends in Art of the Last 50 years

    • The Role of Artists, Galleries, Museums, Art Advisors and Auction Houses

    • The Path of an Artwork from Creation to Exhibition

    • Roots of Recent Art in Pop, Minimalism and Conceptual Art
      From Painting and Drawing to Film and Video

    • Artists, Collectors, Philanthropists and Thinkers

    • Contemporary Art at Auction

    • Performance Art

    • Globalization and Identity Politics



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  • Course Fees And Registration

    Course Fees And Registration

    $3,750 for one course or $7,000 for two 4-week courses.
    One 4-week with one 2-week: $5,700.

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  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact:
    Suzanne Julig, Director, Summer Study NY
    Email: publicprogramsNY@sothebysinstitute.com or Request Information

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