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Lawyers and non-lawyers gain an overview of important legal issues specific to the art market, from the moment of creation of art to its purchase, sale and transfer. Students examine the rights of artists, including copyright, fair use and the appropriation of images by artists such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, and others. Additional topics include moral rights of artists, freedom of speech, rights of privacy and publicity, issues related to authentication and appraisals, restitution by museums of cultural property, and recent case development concerning Nazi-era art. The course also explores legal, ethical and policy issues in museums. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from art experts and attorneys in the museum, auction house, advisory and gallery worlds.

By the end of this course students will…

  • Grasp the legal and business frameworks in which the art business operates, including the legal responsibilities of galleries, auction houses, advisors and collectors.
  • Gain an understanding of general legal issues and specific cases related to stolen artworks, questions of authenticity, rights of privacy and publicity as well as copyright and the appropriation of images by artists.
  • Be familiar with legal, ethical and policy issues affecting museums.

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 - Friday: 2:30 PM - 5:00PM. 
    Date: July 23 - August 3, 2018 (2-week course).
    Venue: 570 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
  • Faculty


    Judith B. Prowda, Faculty, MA Art Business and Summer Study, New York

    The course is taught by Sotheby’s Institute of Art faculty member, Judith B. Prowda, an attorney, mediator and arbitrator focused on art law, copyright, entertainment and commercial law. She is Immediate Past Chair of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and is Chair of the Section’s Committee on Fine Arts and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. In addition, she is a member of the Copyright and Literary Property Committee of the New York City Bar Association and has served on the Art Law and Entertainment Law Committees. As a leader in the intellectual property field, Ms. Prowda has consulted on intellectual property in Paris and at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva. She is the author of Visual Arts and the Law: A Handbook for Professionals (Lund Humphries 2013). Her law articles have appeared in numerous law reviews and journals and have garnered prestigious awards. She is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA. Prior to studying law, she was a reporter in the World Section at Time magazine and French-English interpreter at the U.S. Department of State.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • Legal Definitions of Art

    • Copyright/Infringement/Appropriation Art/Fair Use/Parody

    • Rights of Privacy and Publicity

    • Freedom of Expression and Controversial Art

    • Recent Disputes Concerning Museums

    • Nazi-Era Art Restitution

    • International Transport of Cultural Property and the Antiquities Trade

    • Alternative Dispute Resolution of Art Disputes

    • Auctions

    • Artist-Gallery Representation

    • Expert Opinions on Authenticity and Valuation

    • Artist’s Resale Rights in Europe and the U.S.

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  • Course Fees And Registration

    Course Fees And Registration

    $2,350 per 2-week course.
    One 2-week with one 4-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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