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Introduction to Art and Finance


Introduction to Art and Finance

Fine art has been increasingly marketed, collected, and valued as a financial asset.

This introductory course will explore the various financial positions possible in today’s international art market, including direct purchases, art funds and art exchanges, as well as art lending and the creation of private foundations.

Participants will be asked to consider ethical implications deriving from the “financialization” of art and to develop their own perspectives on the relationship between art and commerce. These considerations will inform discussions about art investment -especially speculative-, as well as current and future regulation of the largest global art markets. This course will include case studies that address art market trends, including the advent of new digital platforms, and will introduce basic art and financial market tools and vocabulary to assist participants in comparing differing expert positions and reviewing market data. Each course module is taught by an industry expert and all together students will be exposed to a variety of voices from exceptional professionals in the field.

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  • Date
    June 5 - July 16
  • Duration
    6 Weeks
  • Type
    Flexible Course
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  • Topics
    • Art Business
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  • Contact Admissions 646-438-7268


Sonja Wosnitzer

Adjunct Faculty, Summer Institute, Online Courses

Sonja Wosnitzer began her career in fixed income markets, spending several years at boutique investment funds and trading firms in New York City. Wosnitzer received her Master of Arts degree in visual arts management in 2018 from New York University, where she authored her thesis on applications of Blockchain technology and engaged extensively with online art trading platforms. Currently, she leverages prior experience at Sonnabend Gallery and Lincoln Center Corporate Fund to serve clients in private alternative asset consulting. For the past two years, Wosnitzer has taught Art Business for Sotheby's Summer Instituteitzer began her career in fixed income markets, spending several years at boutique investment funds and trading firms in New York City.

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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 most fundamental aspects of art finance and economics.
    • To build the practical knowledge required to begin engaging the various international art markets.
    • To examine the field of art-backed financial products and services, as well as their providers, and the international regulatory environment in which they operate.
    • To analyze the economic debates about fine art’s performance as a financial asset.
    • To understand how art can be leveraged and is treated as a financial instrument globally.
  • 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 7.6 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.