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.