July 14, 2011

Sotheby’s Institute of Art announces Fall Courses

Sotheby’s Institute of Art

The Professional Studies and Public Programs offered by Sotheby’s Institute of Art – New York provide unique opportunities for participants to gain professional skills, knowledge and insight into the international art world. They are designed for those wishing to strengthen their existing experience, as well as for those enthusiastically pursuing a passion for the arts.

Courses are led by accomplished faculty actively engaged in art and the art market.

To get additional information and to reserve your place, visit our website:


Public Programs offered this Fall include:


Day Courses:

Studio to Auction: Conversations in Contemporary Art
Dates: Tuesdays, September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 10:30am–1:00pm
Fee 595 USD


Through intimate dialogue with distinguished artists, curators, critics, gallery owners, and specialists, gain in-depth insight into the production, selection, exhibition and sale of contemporary art in the city today. 


The Gallery Business: New Trends in New York
Dates: Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15
Times: 10:00am-2:30pm (Fri), 11:30am–4:30pm (Sat)
Fee 595 USD


Take an inside look at today’s contemporary gallery business in Manhattan, focusing on recent activity in Soho, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District.


Artspeak: Making Art Accessible
Dates: Fridays, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 18
Time: 10:30am–1:00pm
Fee 595 USD


Develop a deeper appreciation and augment your ability to talk about art in a knowledgeable way, through conversations in galleries, museums, and the classroom, with arts writer Eleanor Heartney.


A Passion for Collecting
Dates: Thursday October 27th & Friday October 28th
Time: 10:30am–4:30pm
Fee 775 USD 


Learn about what it takes to build a collection in today’s competitive art market, and the privileges and responsibilities involved in following your passion for art.


Contemporary Art at Auction: An Insider’s View
Dates: Monday November 7, Tuesday November 8, & Wednesday November 9
Time: 9:30am–2:30pm
Fee 975 USD 


Join us for the exciting fall contemporary art auctions in New York, with behind-the-scenes access to the sales and the specialists, as well as a chance to preview artwork and analyze the market.


Performance Art in New York
Dates: Friday, November 11, & Saturday, November 12
Times: 10:00am–1:30pm (Fri), 12:30pm–4:30pm (Sat)
Fee 595 USD


Take an in-depth look at the rise in prominence of this art form, and join instructor Amy Smith-Stewart for performance art happenings at the Performa 2011 Biennial.


Magnificent Jewels: Fashion, Art & Culture
Dates: Monday, December 5, Tuesday, December 6 & Wednesday, December 7
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Fee 975 USD

Explore the fascinating role of jewelry in the worlds of fashion, art, and society, through this course which includes lectures, private tours and a behind-the-scenes preview of Sotheby’s “Magnificent Jewels” sale.


Evening Courses:


Introduction to Art Marketing
Dates: Tuesdays, September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1
Time: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Fee 595 USD


Learn about the principles and practice of art marketing and examine the range of approaches used by visual art businesses to connect.


How to Evaluate & Acquire Art
Dates: Tuesdays, September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, Saturday, October 29
Times: 6:30pm-8:00pm (Tues) 10:00am–1:00pm (Sat)
Fee 595 USD


Examine the factors that affect the valuation and pricing of works, learn about how to access and interact with galleries and private dealers, and understand the auction process from catalogue to bidding.


Your Future in the Art World
Dates: Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10
Time: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Fee 450 USD


Gain a better understanding of the various career paths available in the rapidly growing, ever-changing global art market and discover the opportunities and challenges of working in this field


Modern Art on View
Dates: Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9
Time: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Fee 550 USD


Look closer at modern art this fall using major exhibitions at museums, galleries, and auction houses as a starting point to survey a century of art, from the emergence of Manet, to the rise of Pollock.


Understanding Contemporary Art
Dates: Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6
Time: 6:00pm–8:00pm
Fee 550 USD


Taking 1990 as a starting point, this course examines the important work of the last two decades, the diverse influences and motivations of contemporary artists and the themes that inspire them.


Art & Finance: Where Two Worlds Meet
Dates: Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, December 6
Time: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Fee 625 USD


With the ever-increasing interest in investment in fine art, this timely and informative course explores the use and performance of fine art as a financial asset.


For information on Public Programs in New York please contact Lori Kornegay, Sotheby’s Institute of Art – New York, 570 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022, Tel: 212.517.3929, email: [email protected]

About Sotheby’s Institute of Art
For more than forty years Sotheby’s Institute of Art has offered object-based, professionally-oriented education that draws creatively upon the resources of important art centers worldwide. At the Institute’s campuses in London and New York graduate-level programs and courses actively engage students in the dynamic international art world. Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers a variety of graduate programs, diplomas, semester courses, and summer study programs in London and New York. Applications are now accepted for entry in September 2011.


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