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Overview

Understanding how to research art and provenance are critical skills for everyone involved in the international art world. The knowledge of art research empowers collectors, students and artworld professionals alike to examine and understand art in an academic context. This course will survey some of the most important research tools available – from catalogues raisonnés to online auction result databases – as well as how to find and use them. This course will demystify art and provenance research by taking students to New York City’s most comprehensive art research libraries in order to experience how art research is done by scholars and the public. On-site lectures will clarify best practices for local, national, and international research, including online resources available as well as the various genres and materials used to research art and artists.

What you will learn…

  • To be aware of some of the most important research tools available – from catalogues raisonnés to online auction result databases – as well as how to find and use them.
  • To understand the best practices for local, national, and international research, including the online resources available as well as the various genres and materials used to research art and artists.
  • To feel comfortable and competent in researching art and provenance.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    1-week course
    July 22–July 26, 2019
    Monday–Friday; 2:30 PM–5:00 PM
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Eric Wolf, Head Librarian, New York

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  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics


    • New York’s Premiere Art Research Libraries

    • Defining the Scope of Personal Libraries

    • Conducting Provenance Research

    • Developing Specialized Bibliographies

    • Conducting Online Research

    • Finding Out of Print and Rare Materials


    These topics are subject to change.
  • Further Program Details

    Further Program Details

    Summer - New York is part of Sotheby's Institute's continuing education programming and offers short, non-credit courses. We encourage you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to some of the questions you may have about summer courses in New York, including international concerns and basic course advisement.

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  • Course Fees & Enrollment

    Course Fees & Enrollment

    $1650

    Add a second Summer New York course at a reduced rate:

    • Additional 4-week course +$3450 ($5100 Total)

    • Additional 2-week course +$2050 ($3700 Total)

    • Additional 1-week course +$1350 ($3000 Total)


    Tuition includes classroom and program lectures, site visits, and additional programming.
    Tuition does not include accommodation or travel.

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  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    For further information or course advisement, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor
    Email: summerny@sia.edu
    Tel: 212-897-6644 Or Request Information

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