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.
Faculty, M.A. Art Business, New York
Judith Prowda is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator focused on art law, copyright, entertainment and commercial law. She is Past Chair of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and is Chair of the Section’s Committee on Fine Arts and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution.Read More
Day 1: Examine artist dealer relationships.
Day 2: Learn about private sales.
Day 3: Look at the process of art restitution.
Day 4: Discuss topics relating to authenticity and the market.
Day 5: Explore copyright issues and visual art.
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.
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.
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.