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Overview

Determining the valuation of fine art is vital for art business professionals. This ability requires a set of skills comprised of detective research, knowing where to look, who to consult, how to unravel a mystery, and much more. This course will provide participants with a thorough introduction to art research methods, using traditional print formats as well as online databases. Participants will 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 raisonnées, and more. Through a combination of lectures, guest speakers, site visits to galleries, museums, and artist’s studios, and a library orientation, participants will receive an intensive introduction to the art of research and valuation.

What you will learn…
• To examine works of art, ask the right questions, and become conversant with terminology specific to art market research and valuation (such as Getty Object ID).
• To select comparables thoughtfully and appropriately, and to understand the approaches for assigning values to a variety of artworks.
• To identify the major databases for fine arts and how appraisers use them.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    June 3-27, 2019

    4-week course

    Enrollment for this course is now closed. Please write to summerny@sia.edu if interested in our 2020 summer program.
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Joanne Kesten, Adjunct Faculty, Summer Institute, New York

    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.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics


    • Fine Art Research and Valuation Methods

    • Research Using Print Formats and Online Databases

    • Selecting Comparables

    • Provenance Research

    • Getty Object ID

    • ArtTactic Analytic Reports

    • Fair Market and Retail Replacement Value

    • Using Catalogues Raisonnés

    • Assigning Value to a Variety of Artworks


    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

    $3750

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

    • Additional 4-week course +$3250 ($7000 Total)

    • Additional 2-week course +$1950 ($5700 Total)

    • Additional 1-week course +$1350 ($5100 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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