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Art Crime

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Art Crime

This innovative course examines the unique topic of art crime and its relationship with the cultural sector and international art market.

As a multi-billion-pound industry, criminal activity within the art world assumes a range of forms, from the widespread deception achieved through the creation of fakes and forgeries, through to more subtle incarnations/instances of ownership guises of looted antiquities and money laundering. As a threat to our collective cultural identity, the subject of art crime requires further investigation to understand its preconditions, processes and consequences; all of which will be analyzed in depth throughout this program.

The first half of the program examine the broader context of art crime by identifying and defining the range of illegal activities that contribute to this unique phenomenon. By approaching the topic from both theoretical and practical perspectives, case studies will be used to explore the subjects of fakes, forgeries and thefts. This will include contributions from a celebrated art forger and the world’s leading art detective. The second half of the program considers the challenges and complexities involved with cultural repatriation and restitution, and explores legal, ethical and technological approaches to mitigating or preventing current and future criminal activity within the cultural sector.

  • Price
    Early Booking Rate
    if registered by June 5
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  • Date
    July 10 - August 20
  • Duration
    6 Weeks
  • Type
    Flexible Course
  • Location
  • Topics
    • Collecting,
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  • Contact Admissions 646-438-7268


Gareth Fletcher

Director of Art and Technology

Gareth Fletcher is a Lecturer and Seminar Tutor in Art Business. He holds a BA (Art History, History) and BFA (Film) from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and is a graduate of the Sotheby’s Institute MA in Art Business program who has worked in a variety of roles within the London art market.

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  • About Flexible Courses

    About Flexible Courses

    This flexible online course is delivered in weekly modules consisting of recorded lectures, instructor-guided discussion boards, and supplementary resources. The course will include a final project with personalized feedback from the course instructor. All participants will have read-only access to the course materials for an additional 90 days after the course end date.

    Review the online course Terms and Conditions.

  • Students Will Learn

    Students Will Learn

    • To identify the various identities of criminal activity within the international art market.
    • To build the practical knowledge required to identify and evaluate criminal activity within the art market from legal and ethical perspectives.
    • To become familiar with the relevant tools and resources available to research and evaluate the movement and transaction of cultural objects.
    • To understand the necessity and associated methodological approaches in conducting due diligence for cultural objects.
  • 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 6 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.