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Art Law


Art Law

This course will provide an overview of important legal as well as ethical issues and cases in art and the market, and will appeal to professionals working in the visual arts with or without a legal background, arts advisors, collectors, dealers, auction houses, museums, investors, artists, attorneys, and students of art and law.

We will examine legal and business relationships among artists, dealers, collectors and auction houses; issues in legal title and restitution of artworks looted during the Nazi era; provenance, authenticity and the market; disputes and scandals related to forgery; trusts and estates. We will also discuss copyright and the appropriation of images by artists (such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol and others). Guest speakers on both sides of the Atlantic will enrich the discussion. This course will conclude with a short project for students to apply their knowledge.

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  • Date
    June 5, 10, 12, 17, 19
  • Time
    1 p.m. EST /
    6 p.m. GMT
  • Duration
    2 Weeks
  • Type
    Live Course
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  • Topics
    • Art Law
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  • Contact Admissions 646-438-7268


Judith B. Prowda

Faculty, MA Art Business, New York

Judith Prowda has been a member of the Sotheby’s institute of Art Masters of Art Business Faculty since 2007. She is an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator focused on art law, copyright, entertainment and commercial law. She is a founding member of Stropheus Art Law, a collective of art law and business specialists who offer unbundled services to the art community.

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  • About Live Courses

    About Live Courses

    This live online course is delivered with live-streamed lectures featuring group discussion and Q&A. All live sessions are also recorded and available on the course platform typically within 24-48 hours for participants unable to attend the posted times. The course will include a final project with personalized feedback from the course instructor. All participants will have access to the recordings for an additional 30 days after the final course lecture.

    Review the online course Terms and Conditions.

  • What Students Will Learn

    What Students Will Learn

    Understand the legal frameworks in which the art business operates, including the legal responsibilities of galleries, auction houses, dealers and collectors.

    Comprehend essential contractual situations in artist-gallery relationships and how to manage them.

    Be able to identify legal questions relating to provenance, authenticity and title.

    Understand key issues relating to the resolution of complex art disputes, with specific examples in the field of restitution.

    Evaluate the impact of intellectual property laws upon artworks, art business, and their management.

  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as 5.9 IACET Continuing Education Units. *

    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.

    *As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.