The contemporary art world is intimidating for many: record auction prices, glamorous private parties, celebrity artists, and mega galleries catering to the super rich. News coverage of contemporary art can shape our perception of how the art world runs and what it is about. It feels exclusive and a difficult arena not only to enter but moreover to confidently navigate, especially if you are new to the art world. It need not be like this.
This 6-week course sheds light on many myths (and truths) surrounding the contemporary art world by taking it apart – and putting it back together again. The course will look at the ecology of the art world and introduce the different players that shape it – from museums and institutions to curators and writers, from galleries to auctions houses and online sales platforms, from the occasional buyer to the super collector – and last but not least it will review the role of the artist amongst it all. The course will introduce different models of the art ecology and bring transparency to the dependency of the different actors within this complex system.
By the end of this course:
- You will gain an understanding of the different players in the art world and their role and function within it.
- You will understand how these different players are related to and dependent on each other to form the contemporary art ecology.
- You will develop analytical skills to critically engage and evaluate the contemporary art world.
- You will participate more confidently and engage actively with the art world.