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The ability to determine valuation of fine art is vital for art business professionals. It requires a set of skills comprised of detective research, knowing where to look, who to talk to, how to unravel a mystery and more. This course provides students with a thorough introduction to art research methods utilizing traditional print formats as well as online databases. Participants learn about the essential tools for valuation consideration including comparables, provenance, Getty Object ID terminology, ArtTactic analytic reports, fair market value, retail replacement value, catalogues raisonné, and more. Through a combination of lectures, visits to galleries, museums and artist’s studios, library orientations as well as guest speakers, students receive an intensive introduction to the art of research and valuation.

By the end of this course students will…

  • Learn how to examine works of art, ask germane questions and become conversant with terminology specific to Getty Object ID.
  • Understand how to thoughtfully, and appropriately, select comparables.
  • Grasp how to assign values to a variety of artworks.
  • Gain familiarity in the use of all major databases for fine arts.

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: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM.
    Date: June 4 - June 28, 2018 (4-week course).
    Venue: 570 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
  • Faculty


    Joanne Kesten, Faculty, Summer Study, New York

    Joanne Kesten is an art advisor and appraiser based in New York. She earned a BA in Art History from McGill University, an MEd in Psychology from the University of Virginia, an MA in Art History from Hunter College, and her Certificate of Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice (USPAP) from New York University. Kesten has taught and lectured at several institutions, including NYU, Georgetown University, The Cooper Union, Parsons, the Worcester Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her writing has been published in The Portraits Speak: Chuck Close in Conversation with 27 of His Subjects, and Joan Miro: Two Early Works. Kesten’s professional affiliations include the Appraisers Association of America, the American Alliance of Museums, and ArtTable.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • Fine Art Research and Valuation Methods

    • Research Using Print Formats and Online Databases

    • Library Orientations

    • Selecting Comparables

    • Provenance Research

    • Getty Object ID

    • Art Tactic Analytic Reports

    • Fair Market and Retail Replacement Value

    • Catalogues Raisonné

    • Assigning Value to a Variety of Artworks

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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: or Request Information

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