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Alternative Investments

New York

Alternative Investments

This course provides participants with an in-depth introduction to the art market and its relationship with the broader investment market.

The course will prepare students for making healthy art investments by sharing important insights into the reasons for investing in art and the financial factors driving its demand, the pricing system and how art can appreciate in value to generate financial returns. Discussed are the intricacies of art loans and art funds as well as strategies for buying and selling on the primary and secondary art markets, including the financial complexities of the auction market and new opportunities, such as NFTs.

Deadline to Register: March 4

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  • Date
    Spring | March 18 - 22
  • Time
    10am – 4pm GMT
  • Duration
    5 Days
  • Location
    New York
  • Topics
    • Art Business,
    • Specializations & Skills
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Learning Outcomes

  • To gain a greater understanding of the rationale behind art investment and how it can be leveraged as an asset class.

  • To analyze art market trends and patterns over the last twenty years and determine how predictions are made to invest in art.

  • To comprehend the role of art funds, art loans, and technological innovations such as the blockchain in the art market.


Andrea Danese


Andrea Danese is a partner and co-founder of Artem Advisors LLC. Most recently, Andrea was co-founder, President & CEO of Athena Art Finance Corp. He co-founded the company in February 2015. Athena Art Finance is a specialty lender for the art market providing non-recourse financing against art as collateral. Lead investors in Athena were Carlyle Private Equity and Pictet Bank. The company was sold to Yield Street Inc. in April 2019. Over a 4 years period, Athena grew to be the leading independent lender in the art market with more than $250mm of assets originated and a market recognized innovative methodology to manage risk in a highly illiquid and opaque asset class like art.

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  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • Analyzing Art Market Trends from a Financial Perspective
    • The Birth of Art Funds and Art Loans
    • Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, and NFT Investment Opportunities
    • Understanding Transactions of Assets in the Primary and Secondary Art Markets
    • The Principles of Fractional Art
    • Investment on the Blockchain
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    Course participants take away in-depth and valuable insight into the current and future art world. Those who successfully complete their course will receive a certificate of completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art course participants come from all over the world, from a wide variety of backgrounds. As they study, travel, and explore the art world alongside each other throughout the program, fierce and long-lasting collaborations are frequently born. Individuals who complete these courses join our network of over 8,000 past participants around the globe who hold top positions at renowned art organizations.

  • Requirements


    We highly encourage participants with at least 3 years of post-graduate work experience for a smooth and successful course experience.

    English Language Requirement

    Course participants should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and presentations in English. It is recommended that participants have the equivalent level of IELTS score of 6.0 /TOEFL score of 78 IBT, however evidence of test scores is not required to register.

    Age Requirement

    Courses are open to participants 18 years of age or older.

    For more information, please see our Terms and Conditions.