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New York offers one of the most dynamic contemporary art scenes in the world, and over time has been the launching pad for many of the most influential artists, galleries, museums, and auction houses. Through intimate and public conversations with distinguished and emerging artists, curators, critics, gallery owners, and specialists, this course will provide in-depth insight and exposure to contemporary art today, looking at what is happening now in the New York art scene and, by extension, the international art world. Lectures will explore recent trends in art as well as reference Pop, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Relational Aesthetics, and Globalism. Key themes and concepts from art history will be introduced to describe how they influence art that is being made today.

What you will learn…

  • To identify the most important and critically acclaimed contemporary artists, styles, and trends of the last fifty years.
  • To identify the key players in New York’s contemporary art scene, from curators to dealers to art critics.
  • To ask pertinent questions about contemporary art and to learn terminology specific to the art world.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    June 3-27, 2019

    4-week course

    Enrollment for this course is now closed. Please write to if interested in our 2020 summer program.

  • Faculty


    Kathleen MaddenAdjunct Faculty, MA Contemporary Art and Summer Study, New York

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  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • The Most Significant Styles and Trends in Art of the Last 50 years

    • The Role of Artists, Galleries, Museums, Art Advisors and Auction Houses

    • The Path of an Artwork from Creation to Exhibition

    • Roots of Recent Art in Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art

    • From Painting and Drawing to Film and Video

    • Artists, Collectors, Philanthropists, and Thinkers

    • Contemporary Art at Auction

    • Performance Art

    • Globalization and Identity Politics

    These topics are subject to change.
  • Further Program Details

    Further Program Details

    Summer - New York is part of Sotheby's Institute's continuing education programming and offers short, non-credit courses. We encourage you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to some of the questions you may have about summer courses in New York, including international concerns and basic course advisement.

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  • Course Fees & Enrollment

    Course Fees & Enrollment


    Add a second Summer New York course at a reduced rate:

    • Additional 4-week course +$3250 ($7000 Total)

    • Additional 2-week course +$1950 ($5700 Total)

    • Additional 1-week course +$1350 ($5100 Total)

    Tuition includes classroom and program lectures, site visits, and additional programming.
    Tuition does not include accommodation or travel.

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  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    For further information or course advisement, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor
    Tel: 212-897-6644 Or Request Information

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