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Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers a multi-city Certificate in International Art Markets for private collectors and art professionals who wish to strengthen their knowledge of art, collecting strategies, and arts management. Based in three major art market capitals—New York City, London, and Los Angeles—each module consists of intensive week-long programs that highlight key aspects of the art market. Through excursions to museums, auction houses, art fairs, and galleries, as well as seminars on global art market trends, the program will provide participants with invaluable understanding of artistic and market trends and legal frameworks within the context of each global marketplace. Lectures and site visits will be led by faculty and experts in the field, and each module will provide a hands-on experience and exposure to the inner-workings of the market. In addition, this certificate program offers privileged access to some of the world’s finest collections and works of art, private visits to artists’ studios, galleries, and other art venues that define much of the art scene today. Alongside top practitioners in the field, participants will gain a deep understanding of the art world in each city visited.

This certificate is part of the Diploma in International Art Markets offered in partnership with Tsinghua University.

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The Details
  • New York City Course

    New York City Course

    August 5-11, 2019

    In New York City, participants will explore the complex history of international art crimes and get an insider view of how top museums operate in this cultural capital through the two courses Fakes, Forgeries, & Thefts and Museums, Collectors, & Collections.

    Other highlights of the New York course include:

    • Welcome Reception

    • Guided tours of top museums, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, Frick Collection, and more

    • Courses will also include gallery visits to blue chip galleries and artists’ studios, including Gagosian, David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and others

    • Hands-on valuation session with fine and decorative art objects

    • Expert guest speakers from auction houses, galleries, museums, and art fairs

  • London Course

    London Course

    October 1-7, 2019

    In London, participants will engage with historically significant trends in western art and demystify the complex mechanics of art auction houses in A History of Western Art: Impressionism through Contemporary Art and Art Auctions: Behind the Scenes.

    Other highlights of the London course include:

    • Behind the scenes at Auction Houses such as: Sotheby’s, S|2, Phillips, and Bonhams

    • Gallery hopping in London: from Mayfair to East London, including galleries such as: Lisson Gallery, Pace, White Cube, Blain & Southern, Victoria Miro, Richard Green, White Chapel, Barbican, Serpentine, Hayward Gallery, Chisenhale, and Seventeen Gallery

    • Visits to historic private collections, such as the Wallace Collection and Kenwood House

    • Tours of the British Museum, the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Courtauld Institute of Art, Royal Academy of Arts, and The Drawing Room.

  • Los Angeles Course

    Los Angeles Course

    December 9-15, 2019

    In Los Angeles, the courses Highlights of the Gallery & Art Fair Industry and The Global Art Market will give participants an insider understanding of global art market trends and how to navigate them.

    Other highlights of the Los Angeles course include:

    • Site visit with experts at the Getty Conservation Institute

    • Tour the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Hammer Museum, Norton Simon, the Broad, and Geffen Contemporary

    • Explore the future of LA art galleries, such as Hauser & Wirth, Spruth Magers, Gagosian, Maccarone Gallery, Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery, and Honor Fraser Gallery

    • Closing Reception

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees


    $15,000 USD — Tuition includes lectures, guest speakers, and events. Tuition and fees do not include travel, meals, or accommodation.

  • Faculty


    Click here to view all of our faculty members. Our instructors are award-winning Sotheby's Institute faculty, recognized thought leaders, and professional experts in the art world. Each faculty member structures their course around real-time conversations defining their professions and helps participants master the unique forces at play in the art world.

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